- Weighted blankets manufacturers claim that they can help you get better sleep, reduce stress and anxiety and create a calming and comforting effect.
- The blankets are heavy and can even weigh up to 30 pounds because they contain weighted beads or pellets to give them heft.
- Those who have been using weighted blankets swear that they feel like they are being continually hugged while sleeping.
Do weighted blankets actually work? They claim to help in giving a better night’s sleep and reduce stress, but can they deliver their promise?
Full-time college student Danielle Kerr vows that weighted blankets work. School works, social life and other stuff make her busy and constantly stressed out. Danielle said she snuggles up under a weighted blanket while doing her homework, and it really helps her reduce stress and anxiety.
“It just feels like you are being continually hugged. I do think it helps reduce stress and anxiety, big time,” she told CBS News.
Kelly Weber, another weighted blanket lover, says she has always had trouble staying asleep. But after she started using a weighted blanket several weeks ago, she feels great.
“I hop out of bed, and I’m ready to start the day,” Kelly said.
Weighted blankets are becoming popular among a lot of American homes. The blankets first became a household name for helping children with sensory issues. They can weigh up to 30 pounds because of the beads or pellets that give them heft.
They are marketed with claims that they create a calming, comforting effect that can lower stress and anxiety and improve sleep, even for people with insomnia, according to CBS News.
But experts are concerned that they lack good scientific research.
“We don’t know for sure, from a robust scientific standpoint, but anecdotally and from smaller studies they do seem to help some patients,” said Mount Sinai Hospital sleep specialist Dr. Neomi Shah.
According to Shah, further research is needed to determine if the blankets are effective and if they can be recommended to everyone.
“Overall the safety profile seems to be OK, as long as we consider the proper use of the blanket,” Shah said. “In children, being extra careful in terms of the size and the weight of the blanket and in adults, if they have any obvious lung diseases or neuromuscular chest wall disorders I would just be cautious.”
Weighted blankets have a tag price of at least a hundred dollars and are not usually covered by medical insurance.
Source: CBS News