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Society has a sleep problem, and many of us find it hard to nod off at night. Some of us also find it difficult to relax during the day. Whether it’s caused by a hectic life schedule, work stress, or too much screen time, it can be hard to switch off when you need to. You may be surprised to hear, then, that a heavy, weighted blanket may help ease these struggles.
You may have also heard that weighted blankets are a good choice for those with autism; some experts believe they can provide a sensory experience beneficial for regulating emotional responses and behaviour. This is the same science that leads people to believe that weighted blankets can ease milder anxiety disorders at home.
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It’s important to note that many of the medical claims made by manufacturers of weighted – or ‘gravity’ – blankets should not be taken as fact, and rather treated the same as we would the claims made regarding supplements and essential oils.
Yet, with all of us suddenly finding ourselves with oodles more time at home for the foreseeable future, now could be the perfect time to finally invest in a weighted blanket. Whether you use it to ease anxiety while sitting on the sofa for an evening, or to aid rest during the night, it could be one of the smartest purchases you make.
The best weighted blankets to buy
1. Silentnight Wellbeing Weighted Blanket
Silentnight Weighted Anxiety Relief Therapy Sensory Heavy Quilted Wellbeing Blankets, 6.8kg (Adult), Microfibre, Grey£69.99 Buy now
If you’re looking to buy your first weighted blanket then you really can’t go too far wrong with the Silentnight Wellbeing. Weighing 6.8kg, I found it was just snug enough without ever feeling too claustrophobic, as can be the case with heavier weighted blankets. The rule of thumb is to pick a blanket that weighs around 10% of your body weight, so your experience may differ.
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Thanks to its width – it's around 10cm wider than a typical single duvet – you can use it either on a single bed or spread across a double or king. And despite the fact it keeps cool air from getting under the duvet, I didn’t find it too stuffy. With a relatively low asking price, it’s a great option for those who want to see what all the fuss is about without breaking the bank. Unlike some models, it’s also machine washable.
Key features - Size: 150 x 200cm; Weight: 6.8kg; Material: Microfibre with polyester/glass bead filling; Suitable for kids: No
2. AGP XL Weighted Blanket
WEIGHTED BLANKET 9.1 kg Sootha Sleep, XL, Peach-Skin, Ultra Premium Therapeutic Heavy Blanket, Reversible, Calm Anxiety/Sensory,uses -152x203cm,20lbs-Washable-Grey-XL, Adults£79.98 Buy now
While standard weighted blankets are great for a lot of things, sometimes you just want to completely wrap yourself up in something soft and cuddly. This blanket from AGP fits the bill, measuring 152cm x 203cm, with one side coated in a peach skin fabric for a soft, luxurious feel. Filled with eco-friendly quartz micro-spheres, it’s recommended for people with sleep disorders, anxiety, ADHD and other conditions. While it is also available in a smaller size and weight, we’d only recommend it for use by adults.
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Key specs - Size: 152 x 203cm; Weight: 9.1kg; Suitable for kids: No
3. Hugge Weighted Lap Pad Blanket
hugge Education Kids 1kg Weighted Lap Pad Blanket - British Made - Kids & Adult Sizes - Reduces Anxiety and Fidgeting£29.99 Buy now
If safety is a big concern for you, then you can avoid many of the potential risks of using weighted blankets with a weighted lap pad such as this one from Hugge. Available in a range of sizes and weights, the pad is designed to give the same beneficial sensory experience as traditional blankets, just across a smaller surface area. Something like this might be particularly useful for long journeys or any other situation where you’ll need to be sitting in one spot for a while.
Key specs - Size: 38 x 50cm/65 x 50cm; Weight: 1-2.5kg; Material: Cotton; Suitable for kids: 1kg suitable for 3+ (on average, for reference only)
4. Anjee Kids Weighted Blanket
Anjee Kids Weighted Blanket, 100% Natural Cotton Heavy Blanket for Kids and Teens, 2.3kg 90x120cm, Pink Cat£37.99 Buy now
Weighted blankets can be a tempting solution for parents whose children suffer from autism and the anxiety and concentration issues that come with it. This is the reason many brands also have blankets specifically for kids available, such as this one from Anjee. The fun designs are sure to appeal to kids, and you can choose from three sizes depending on the age and weight of your child. However, while the blanket is designed with kids in mind, ensure it doesn't exceed 10% of their body weight before purchasing.
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How to choose the best weighted blanket for you
Are weighted blankets safe?
For most people, weighted blankets are completely safe to use – but there are a few groups who should be more cautious. For example, if you are pregnant or suffer from respiratory or circulatory problems (such as asthma or type 2 diabetes) you should always consult with a doctor before purchasing. The same goes for children, since they can potentially become trapped beneath a weighted blanket.
How heavy should weighted blankets be?
For the safety reasons mentioned above, a weighted blanket should weigh no more than 5-10% of the user’s body weight. This is especially important for those who may not be able to lift a heavy blanket unaided. Products on this list range from anywhere between 100g and 11.3kg, so there’s a huge variety to choose from. If you plan on sharing the blanket between different members of your household, make sure it will be safe for all of them.
Can children use weighted blankets?
There are many specially made weighted blankets designed for children aged 3+, and it’s important that you consider elements such as size and weight when you’re buying. We’d also advise consulting with a doctor before allowing a child to use a weighted blanket, and supervise them at all times.
You should never exceed 5-10% of the user’s body weight, which for children is obviously significantly lighter than for adults. For example, the average weight of a 5-year-old is 17.9kg, so a weighted blanket should be no heavier than 1.8kg. While standard weighted blankets are unlikely to be harmful to teenagers and above, it’s essential to choose something such as the Anjee Kids blanket or an alternative to ensure that younger children can easily lift the blanket off themselves without needing help.
Will I get too hot with a weighted blanket?
You might think having a heavy blanket on top of you would make you too hot, but this isn’t necessarily always the case. Some weighted blankets will be warm, but this will largely depend on what they’re made from. Thick flannel or fleece blankets are good for the winter months, for instance, whereas other weighted blankets are made from cooler more breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Most of the blankets on our list are made from cotton, arguably one of the best fabrics to keep you cool in summer, so those prone to overheating in bed shouldn’t worry.
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