For Sleep, Stress, and Anxiety
Updated November 1, 2019
The Ultimate Weighted Blanket Guide
For Sleep, Stress, and Anxiety
1. Let's Make it Simple
We break down everything you need to know about weighted blankets so you can make a smart choice.
What's a Weighted Blanket and How Does It Work?
It's pretty simple. It's a heavy blanket weighing 10-20 pounds that provides some amazing benefits.
The heavy weight provides a deep, relaxing pressure that mimics a comfortable hug to promote relaxation, stress relief, reduced anxiety, and better sleep.
Occupational therapists call this DTP (Deep Touch Simulation). It helps to calm people's nervous systems using "grounding," which activates your parasympathetic system and ushers in happy hormones.
Who could benefit from a weighted blanket?
People seek out weighted blankets for help dealing with poor sleep, everyday stress, and general anxiety.
Weighted blankets have a history of use in therapy for a broader set of circumstances as well. These include insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sensory processing disorders, autism, ADHD, and athletic recovery.
2. The Research
"4 out of 5 say they slept longer and felt better"
A 2015 study in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders looked at 31 adults with chronic insomnia.
Four out of five study participants said they liked the weighted blanket. Those in this group slept longer and spent less time awake in the middle of the night while using the weighted blanket, sleep testing showed.
Study participants also said they found it easier to settle down to sleep with the weighted blanket. Plus, they reported getting better sleep and feeling more refreshed the next morning.
"63% of participants rated their anxiety lower"
In a 2008 study in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 78% of participants preferred using the weighted blanket and 63% of participants rated their anxiety lower with the use of a 30-pound weighted blanket.
"Reduces time it takes to fall asleep"
One study looked at 42 children (ages 8 to 13), half of whom had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The children’s sleep was tracked by sleep testing and parent diaries for four weeks.
For kids with ADHD, the weighted blanket reduced the time it took to fall asleep and the number of middle-of-the-night awakenings to a level comparable to children without ADHD.
3. What Experts Say
Weighted blankets have been used for years in therapeutic settings to improve sleep and reduce stress and anxiety.
Experts in the fields of sleep and occupational therapy have a positive outlook on the use of weighted blankets for a wide variety of issues.
"Steady sensory pressure can reduce the body's physiological arousal level"
"Individuals may need a little extra soothing at bedtime—exactly the kind of soothing that a weighted blanket is designed to provide. Steady sensory input and pressure can reduce the body’s physiological arousal level, leading to a reduction in feelings of anxiety and tension." - Courtney Golding, Ph.D., a sleep psychologist at Spectrum Health Sleep Medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"Reassuring and cocooning feeling"
“The pressure provides a reassuring and cocooning feeling." - Gaby Badre, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Gothenburg and medical director of the sleep disorders clinic SDS Kliniken in Gothenburg, Sweden
"One of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious"
"In psychiatric care, weighted blankets are one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious. Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe." - Karen Moore, an occupational therapist, in Psychology Today
4. How To Design the Perfect Weighted Blanket
We spent two years engineering the perfect weighted blanket. We did extensive research on the other weighted blanket options and solved several major design flaws.
Our unique blanket design comes in two parts: the weighted blanket and an optional duvet cover. The duvet cover is machine washable for easy cleaning.
Micro Glass Bead Filling
Micro glass beads make your weighted blanket heavy. They're so fine, they feel almost like sand in your hands. Because of their compact size, we can create the necessary weight without much volume. They are super dense, smooth, and secured between layers of polyfill, so you can barely feel them in the blanket. They are also non-toxic and made of recycled glass to be better for the environment.
Other manufacturers use cheap plastic pellets for their filling. These are twice as large so the blanket ends up much bulkier. And because plastic pellets are so large, you can feel them through the blanket. Even worse, they made a lot of noise when they move making it very hard to sleep.
4" Grid Pockets
The glass beads are held in place in secure 4 inch pockets arranged in a diamond pattern. This ensures the weight is evenly distributed and contours to your body throughout the night.
Other weighted blankets use much larger pockets because it is cheaper to manufacture. These large pockets cause the beads to shift to one side of the pocket resulting in poor weight distribution. Especially if you move throughout the night, the beads will end up moving off of your body resulting with minimal pressure.
Our dense pocket design allows for four times as many pockets than cheaper blankets. This ensures even weight distribution.
The Cooling Cotton Cover
We've designed the most innovative weighted blanket cover in the industry. Our cover is dual-sided. One side is a soft, cooling cotton layer. This side goes against your skin to maximize contact and keep you cool. The other side is a proprietary fabric blend that is plush and cozy. This side is designed to look great no-matter where you keep your blanket. No need to hide it in the closet when people are visiting.
It's important to protect your blanket with a cover, especially if you're sleeping under it every night or in case of spills. The best part is this cover is easy removable with a zipper and can be machine washed for easy care.
Other weighted blankets use a regular sheet-style cover that looks very boring or are made of synthetic fabrics that can be scratchy, are uncomfortable, and can lead to overheating.
The compact nature of the micro glass beads and smart cover design allowed us to create the thinnest weighted blanket out there. This makes our blanket much easier to move around than the competition. This is important when you want to get cozy with your weighted blanket in bed bed or on the couch. Our thin profile also keeps you from overheating by minimizing the blanket's density. Other blankets feel like a giant and unwieldy bean bag. Ours feels like an actual blanket.
Eight Duvet Ties
Normal duvet covers have four ties, one in each corner. However, we found four ties weren't enough to keep the weighted blanket securely in place. Other blankets with just four ties have problems with the weight shifting and sliding to one side of the blanket.
We designed our blanket with eight ties. We found this to the be the perfect amount to hold the weights in the right place no matter how you're using the blanket. You don't want more than eight ties because then it becomes a huge hassle every time you want to remove and wash the cover without any added benefit.
Our weighted blanket is designed in a throw size (51’’ by 75’’) for a single person. This is because you want the weight to be as concentrated as possible over the body. If the blanket is too big, most of the weight will be off the body on the bed or couch. Even worse, if part of the blanket hit the floor it would drag the rest of the blanket down with it.
We also don't offer blankets for multiple people because it would have to weigh over 30 pounds on average. We found this to be way too heavy for even couples to move around comfortably and definitely too heavy for one person to handle. We could make a lighter large size blanket but that would prevent you from experiencing the full benefit of the blanket.
We made premium product design choices from top to bottom so you can trust that you're getting the perfect weighted blanket experience.
5. The Highest Quality at the Perfect Price
Weighted blanket companies that charge $250+ are ripping you off.
Our pricing starts at $105. It's enough to use high-quality materials but low enough to offer a better deal. We're able to do this because we have relationships with the top-tier factories and sell directly to you online.
Best of all, we partnered with AfterPay to provide an option to split your purchase into 4 interest-free payments as low at $26.25. We cover all the fees.
6. The Reviewers Agree
"I've had trouble sleeping for several years. I would get up a few times every night. Sometimes it took me hours to fall asleep. I finally tried a weighted blanket and am waking up less often and falling asleep faster."
"Love this blanket. It’s perfect for decreasing stress and instantly making me feel more calm. I’ve bought it as a gift for my mom who said it was her favorite gift in a long time."
"I wish I had tried it sooner. I feel so safe underneath the weighed blanket. I also find myself tossing and turning a lot less and staying asleep longer."
7. Try For 30 Nights, Risk Free
We know it's hard to imagine what a weighted blanket feels like. We're so confident you'll love it that we offer a Risk-Free 30-Night Sleep Challenge.
Try our weighted blanket for 30 nights to test it for yourself. You'll get to experience the improved sleep, reduced stress, and less anxiety firsthand.
If for any reason you don't love it, just let us know and we'll refund the full amount of your purchase and cover return shipping.