Weighted blankets are touted as a great relief method when it comes to anxiety, which is how I know about them. But it turns out that there are some other pretty cool things that having the right weighted blanket can help you with.
If you’re looking to help improve your well being and use a few tricks to assist when it comes to taking care of your mental and physical health, then you might want to consider looking into using a weighted blanket. Here’s what you need to know:
What are weighted blankets?
Weighted blankets are a form of at-home therapy. Typically weighing somewhere between 5 and 30 lbs, they give you the impression of a firm-hug that helps lull you to sleep and relax your body.
These blankets are typically filled with glass or plastic beads that give it the desired weight. Some of them are also built with extra layers to up the pounds. The weight of the blanket then provides pressure helping you relax.
Benefits of Using a Weighted Blanket
No one uses a weighted blanket for the fun of using a weighted blanket—at least I don’t think they do—they’re used as a form of therapy. They help users relax, along with providing physical and mental health benefits.
Get a Better Sleep
Insomnia is a HUGE thing. I get it when I’m having particular nasty periods of anxiety. I’ll be up until 4, 5, even 6 AM, feeling tired but unable to go to sleep—a weighted blanket can help with that. Some studies have shown that using a weighted blanket can help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, along with helping to ensure that you wake up less throughout the night.
Weighted blankets can help with pain relief. The weight of the blanket applies pressure to areas of your body in pain and provide some relief. Not only that but their ability to help you get a night of better sleep can assist in pain management since it’s when we sleep that we heel.
For me, anxiety is one of my worst enemies. It happens when I least expect it—and, for that matter, when I do expect it. But the pressure of a weighted blanket can help reduce that anxiety. Along with helping to relieve you of the effects of anxiety such as lack of sleep.
Picking the Perfect Weighted Blanket
There are plenty of weighted blankets out there and it can be hard to figure out which one is best for you. And it all boils down to the weight of the blanket.
It’s generally said that the best weighted blanket for you is around 10 percent of your bodyweight. That means if you weight 250 lbs, you’re looking for a blanket around 25 lbs.
You’ll also want to consider whether or not you’re looking for a weighted blanket that has a cover. Alternatively you can go coverless or find your own cover that matches all of the awesome decor in your room.
Who Shouldn’t Use a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are a great idea for a lot of people, but there are a few of us that may not benefit from them. If you have one of the following you might want to consider ditching the weighted blanket:
- Sleep apnea
If you’re unsure whether you should use a weighted blanket, you should definitely consult a medical professional because I am, most certainly, not one.
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