The short answer is yes, you should sleep with your weighted blanket every night just like any other blanket. It’s okay to miss a night here and there, but in order to maximise the psychological benefits of Deep Pressure Stimulation you need to sleep with your weighted blanket consistently during the week.
Whether you are just starting your weighted blanket journey, or you have been on it for some time, sleeping with your weighted blanket consistently is important. ‘Weighted blanket therapy’ as it is sometimes called simulates a scientifically proven therapy called Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) which applies a firm but gentle pressure on your body to replicate the sensation of being hugged. This action relaxes the nervous system and releases “happy hormones”, known as endorphins.
This brings a range of positive benefits to the wearer, including a sense of calm, lower anxiety and increased happiness. This is because weighted blanket therapy reduces the body’s production and output of the stress hormone cortisol.
Thanks to scientific research, we now know weighted blankets also boost the production of serotonin (the chemical your body needs to produce hormones) and the production of melatonin (the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle). This explains why people who wear a weighted blanket also experience better sleep.
Should I get a weighted blanket?
If you struggle to sleep well, a weighted blanket could be your salvation. Long used to treat anxiety disorders and sensory processing disorders, weighted blankets have become an extremely popular sleeping and stress aid these past few years.
Weighted blankets are non-medicinal. They are not drugs and they are not addictive. You can use a weighted blanket for as long as you like. There are no adverse side effects and there are no dangers to using a weighted blanket. This is a safe, proven therapy to help you sleep better and reduce your anxiety.
What’s it like to sleep under a weighted blanket?
Picture this: the warm, comforting feeling of a loved one wrapping their arms around you and holding you tight until your worries melt away. That’s what sleeping under a weighted blanket is like, only you can experience it anytime.
People who sleep with a weighted blanket often say they feel their worries slowly melting away after just a few minutes. This warm, fuzzy feeling is beautiful, and it can be replicated anywhere you like - just take your blanket with you!
If I use a weighted blanket every night will it work better?
The effects of weighted blanket therapy build up over time, so prolonged use is better than short-term use in this particular case.
If you are new to weighted blanket therapy, we always recommend using your weighted blanket for at least 30 days before deciding if it is right for you. It can take a few days to get used to the extra weight of these blankets.
If you stick with it, you should see positive results. For example, a 2015 study examined the effects of deep pressure stimulation from weighted blankets, finding that 33% of people who used a weighted blanket experienced a reduction in stress and 63% experienced a reduction in anxiety. Check out the study for yourself here.
How to get the most from a weighted blanket
Here are some practical tips to help you maximise the benefits of a weighted blanket:
- Choose a weighted blanket that is 8-13% of your body weight
- Choose a blanket with an outer cover material you find comfortable
- Sleep with your weighted blanket every night
- Make sure the blanket covers your legs and chest (torso)
- Don’t be afraid to move your weighted blanket from room to room - it can be worn anywhere and anytime you need it
We also have a couple of points about the Koala Weighted Blanket to consider:
- The Koala Blanket is available in 4kg, 6.8kg and 9kg weights to suit anyone
- The Koala Blanket has a reversible outer cover - one side is ultra-soft mink, the other side is organic bamboo cotton
- The Koala Blanket is available in two sizes to fit a single or double bed, and it has a loop and tie system which ensures the outer cover stays fixed to the inner weighted cover (this prevents it bunching up)
We believe our weighted blanket is the best on the market. It’s eco-friendly, durable and extremely comfy. Buy yours now to get FREE UK DELIVERY.