Are Weighted Blankets the Must-Have Accessory This Winter?

Weighted blankets are helping to reduce anxiousness, stress and sleep issues, Gear Culture has discovered this year.

With one in four Americans suffering from stress and anxiety, the weighted blanket is quickly becoming the go-to product to de-stress and relax after a long day, with huge popularity already in the UK and Australia.

Originally gaining traction in the 1970s heavy-duty blankets were used by doctors and nurses as a remedy to calm down mentally challenged patients or those that would not settle. Providing a ‘hug sensation’ – the product was used for its scientific and medical benefits and only recently has it made its way into the mainstream and into our homes for everyday use.

With a weighted blanket, often weighing between 8lbs to 22lbs, the feeling produces a deep touch pressure stimulation and there are many beneficial effects. These include an increased amount of sleep, better overall sleep patterns, as well as a reduction in stress and anxiety levels. 

By reaching the REM stage of sleep faster and reduces stress, for example, people’s productivity levels and mental wellbeing is benefitted every time they use the blanket. 

Key Points:

  • The latest living room or bedroom accessory that everyone wants this winter
  • Weighted blankets are also known as heavy, gravity or sensory blankets
  • By using the blanket, you are triggering beneficial changes in the body such as increased serotonin and melatonin production, decreased cortisol production, as well as an increased sense of calmness and relaxation, amongst others

As we are approaching winter, the cold and rainy days, where all we want to do is lie on the sofa wrapped up warm, the weighted blanket is a must-have. And sleep has never been more of a valuable commodity. The stress of work, emails, and blue lights on our screens are damaging our sleep and we are looking for ways to improve our relaxation.

This explains why the weighted blanket is one you need this winter, the blanket that is reinventing how we sleep. With the softness of the fabric, sufficient weight, and great weight distribution, we can ensure we are getting those deep hours of sleep we need to survive winter, feeling stress and anxiety-free, as well as healthy and happy! 

Weighted blanket products start at around $200, but vary depending on the size, weight, and quality of the brand. There are heavy blankets available for children, but they are not recommended for those under the age of 4.