The Pros and Cons of Sleeping with a Weighted Blanket

The Pros and Cons of Sleeping with a Weighted Blanket

One blanket type that has gained popularity in recent years is the weighted blanket.

When it is time to lay down and rest your body, there is nothing better than snuggling up under the perfect blanket. One blanket type that has gained popularity in recent years is the weighted blanket. A weighted blanket is a blanket that has additional material sewn into it so that it is heavier. These blankets have been shown to help with anxiety and to help people fall asleep faster and to sleep better and longer through the night. Like any product, however, they don’t always work the same for all people. Weighted blankets also tend to be more expensive and require a little more work to care for them than regular blankets. Let’s investigate the pros and cons of weighted blankets so you can decide for yourself if you want to try one. 

Pro: Calming And Comforting

Weighted blankets first gained popularity as a way to simulate deep pressure touch and help regulate the body during periods of anxiety. They were quickly shown to be very useful and calming for people with ADHD and autism. The added weight of the blanket can also help you to feel more comfortable and warmer, so if you struggle to stay warm during the winter, a weighted blanket might help.

Con: Expensive And Heavy

Weighted blankets are less expensive now than when they first cam out, but they are still expensive. Part of this is because of the extra materials required to make them, but there is also the added cost to ship and handle them since they have significantly more weight than a standard blanket. This additional weight can also make them harder to care for and live with. The weight of the blanket is what makes it work when it is spread out over your body, but when it is folded or bundled up, it is very heavy, making it difficult to store and travel with. The added weight can make it more difficult to wash as well. 

Pro: Better Sleep

Weighted blankets have also been shown to help people get a better night’s sleep. Having a good sleep schedule and getting a restful night are important to your overall health. The deep pressure touch that weighted blankets simulate is also connected to melatonin release, which means that a weighted blanket an help you to fall asleep more easily, and to lower cortisol, which means people are able to sleep more deeply. Finally, a weighted blanket may also help to hold you still, so if tossing and turning at night wakes you up, a weighted blanket could be the answer. 

Con: Potential Health Problems

Weighted blankets are not for everyone. Specifically, people with sleep apnea or asthma are typically advised not to use them. This is because the added weight of the weighted blanket might additionally stress the already narrow or stressed passageways for breathing. If you already struggle with breathing at night, the weight of the blanket could be more risk than reward. 


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