Which Weighted Blanket Is Right For Me?

Updated: February 10th, 2020

Buying a weighted blanket isn’t the toughest part of sleep to tackle but it is important to know the ins and outs before dropping some of your spending money. 

There is a common belief that, in order to be effective, a weighted blanket should be 10% of your current body weight. Although there is nothing wrong with adding an extra pound or two for comfort. 

A weighted blanket is made to provide the user with therapeutic benefits, not to make you feel like you are being suffocated, so comfort is extremely important. Most companies will recommence 10% of your body weight for safety and comfortability reasons. And the average person finds a 10% weight the most comfortable. 

If you want to pick the safe choice pick 10% weight. If you want to add some comfortability factors in it, go with 7-13% of your body weight.

10% is great weight distribution and a lot of research stands behind this. However, we can also say that comfortability is a huge factor when searching for the best blanket to use. It is perfectly safe and acceptable to drop a few pounds or gain an extra 2 pr 3 pounds for your own comfort and needs.  

Can I use more than one weighted blanket at once?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to individual choice and preference. And about using two blankets I must say: I hope you’re doing this because the blankets belong to your children and they’re both really light!!

But ok, sure, if you think you might be comfortable using two blankets instead of only one, then go for it, especially during winter or especially concerning health issues where you (or the person you are trying to help) might feel unstable and could use additional deep touch stimulation, for example during periods of trauma.

Shopping for a Weighted Blanket

First and foremost, a high-quality weighted blanket should create a feeling of security and safety in users. The gentle and firm pressure of the blanket cocoons the body, calming the nervous system and inducing an overall sense of relaxation and calm. This is known as weighted therapy, and many scientific studies have underlined its ability to stimulate the production of happy hormones in the body.

But not all weighted blankets on the market today weigh up the same, especially when it comes to overall quality and price of the products. That’s why we decided to take an in-depth analysis of the top 11 blankets currently available in the UK. We then narrowed that list down to the top three front runners, so others wouldn’t have to!

Here is what we found out.

Benefits of Weighted Blankets and deep touch pressure

For Insomnia

  • Restless Leg Syndrome can cause many sleepless nights but the use of weighted therapy can stop these disruptive movements, allowing for an undisturbed sleep cycle.
  • Stimulates production of the happy hormones, which are then turned into melatonin at night, the hormone that signals the body when it’s time to sleep. Many who suffer from insomnia produce lower levels of this sleep hormone, making it hard to fall asleep and stay that way. Weighted blankets can improve this production and by extension, overall sleep quality.
  • Reduces production of cortisol, the stress hormones that can counteract the effects of melatonin.
  • The production of happy hormones also creates a deep sense of relaxation, easing tension from muscles and producing a calming effect of the nervous system.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome can cause many sleepless nights but the use of weighted therapy can stop these disruptive movements, allowing for an undisturbed sleep cycle.
  • Those with Fibromyalgia often suffer insomnia as a side effect. Sleeping with and using a weighted blanket during times of inflammation can reduce these painful side effects and help users get a better night’s sleep

For Sensory Disorders

  • Deep touch pressure has been used by occupational therapists to help treat Autism, ADHD, and other sensory disorders for decades 
  • Weighted blankets create gentle pressure to dampen sensory stimulation resulting in a calmer, more relaxed mood while aiding in concentration and cognitive ability

For Anxiety and Depression

  • People with depression and anxiety can have lower levels of serotonin in the body. As the blanket helps stimulate the production of serotonin, it can offset these negative effects
  • Improving production of neurotransmitters also helps induce a sense of calm, ridding the mind of those anxious feelings