A weighted blanket may just be the perfect product for you and here's why.
I spend a lot of my time scrolling on social media so when I started to come across people talking about how much they loved their new weighted blankets I was intrigued and had to learn more.
So what is a weighted blanket?
It's pretty self-explanatory but a weighted blanket is a blanket which applies light, even pressure to the entire body when placed over someone.
The blankets are all filled with evenly distributed weights and they can vary in weight ranging from 4-30 pounds.
According to Psychology Today, the ideal weight of one of these blankets is 12 pounds as it doesn't provide too much heat or pressure.
Most manufacturers recommend that you buy a weighted blanket that's between 5-10% of your body weight.
Why should you get one?
If you have trouble sleeping.
If you're not a fan of taking pills to help you sleep you should try one of these blankets.
Weighted blankets help to ground your body down during sleep which has a deeply calming effect.
This helps to reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body providing you with better sleep.
If you suffer from anxiety, depression or stress.
The even weighted distribution of the blankets promotes relaxation and according to HealthLine, this can trigger the release of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin.
Both of which are known to help combat stress, anxiety and depression.
So if you feel an anxiety attack coming on or have had a stressful day at work wrapping yourself up in a cosy weighted blanket may help you relax.
Where can I buy one?
DeepSleep.ie is an Irish company started by Mary Corby in 2017.
They stock a number of different weighted items such as blankets, lap pads and toys to help with sleep, anxiety and other sensory issues.
One of their blankets will cost you between €80-€230 depending on the size and weight.
They stock blankets from 3-10kg.
Have you ever used a weighted blanket to help with anxiety or insomnia?