Could a weighted blanket really be the answer to your sleep or anxiety problems?
Weighted blankets have shown to be beneficial for people with all types of sleep disorders. Though studies are limited, preliminary research shows they help with insomnia, falling asleep, and staying asleep.
For example, researchers in a 2015 study found that the use of a weighted blanket was found to be effective at improving sleep quality in recognized insomniacs, both in parameters measured objectively and subjectively
Of the 31 participants who slept with weighted blankets, all reported a calmer night’s sleep, with less tossing and turning.
So a weighted blanket sounds like a great idea! But Hippo Hug Weighted Blankets weigh anywhere from five to 34 pounds. With such a wide range of weights available, how do you know which is the right weight for you?
Step 1 – Your own weight will help you determine the right blanket weight.
A general rule of thumb is that a weighted blanket should be no more than 15% of your body weight. However, as the blanket gets bigger, the weight is distributed across a larger surface area. This means you can safely have more weight while recieving the same benefits.
To figure out your best weight range, take your weight in pounds and multiply it by 0.05 and 0.15. If you would like recommendation that includes the blanket’s weight being spread across larger surface areas, please email us. Or check out our size guide here.
Step 2 – Age Matters
For general sleep issues, most customers prefer the 15-18 lbs range and to have their feet uncovered. For sleep issues and anxiety, customers tend to prefer to be at the top end of their weight range and their feet covered.
Most adults who are not already using deep pressure to combat sleep and anxiety tend to choose between 15-18 lbs even though they can technically go heavier. This way they are not stuck with a very heavy blanket all the time and can fold it in various ways to increase the pressure when needed.
Children and teens tend to prefer to be near their maximum weight. If you are looking to have a blanket that grows with your child, select the next size up and a few pounds above their maximum. If you want to order beyond the 15% body weight recommendation it is best to speak with one of our staff to be sure you are still in a safe range.
Seniors often choose the 40×50 size in 10-12 lbs. It is versatile for use while sitting and also in institutional beds. The smaller size allows for more independence in use and it is more manageable for people with lower mobility and strength.
Step 3 – Considerations.
Weighted blankets are most effective if most of the weight is touching your body with very little overhang. This is why our blankets are people sized, rather than bed size.
Most customers report they don’t find their weighted blanket to be any hotter than a regular heavy quilt. However, if you have concerns about the heat we would suggest cotton on at least one side. Cuddle is a fabric made from 100 percent polyester that feels like fleece but won’t pill.
Still wondering what size would work best? If you live in or around Calgary come to our storefront. We will walk you though the process and you can try out various sizes and weights to see what would work best for you. Or email us for your personalized recommendations.