Updated: Nov 17, 2020
When my son was little, I used to have him walk on my back.
I love a good squeeze from a tight bear hug.
And the firm pressure of a deep tissue massage is the best!
With these being just a few of my necessary therapies, it's no wonder a weighted blanket is one of my favorite things.
If I'm ever having a hard time falling asleep, the moment I pull my weighted blanket over me, I'm out almost instantly. I have the most peaceful sleeps when I'm under one and I always wake up feeling completely rested.
It's been determined that weighted blankets improve sleep, help with insomnia, ease restlessness, and reduce anxiety. Psychologists have made the claim that using one increases serotonin (a key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being and happiness; Hormone Health Network) and melatonin (a hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles; Hormone Health Network) and decreases cortisol (the stress hormone; WebMD). Use of the blankets actually produces peacefulness and a feeling of calm. I've read that positive results are found in individuals with ADHD and autism as well, when they use one.
It has been said that the best blanket to get is one that's about 10% of your body weight. Mine is 15 pounds and do I really have to say I love it? I'm sure you can already tell I do.
I don't know how recommended these are for kids, but I guess if you wanted your young person to use one, a 50 pound child would do well with a 5 pound blanket. But of course, do your research and consult a physician if necessary.
Having cherished mine for about 2 years now, I've done a little fact-finding when it comes to weighted blankets and so far I haven't found any cons of a using one, but I'm certainly not looking for any.
Here are a few to look over in case you're interested. If you suffer from any of the maladies listed above or if you just want a good night's rest, I would highly recommend you nestling into one of these. Mine was a gift but this first blanket here is the one most similar to what I have: