Updated: Sep 27
Life with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, stress, or insomnia is overwhelming and frustrating, especially when you can't get the much-needed rest you need. However, there are many natural remedies and medications available. One option to consider that is quickly picking up in popularity is using a weighted blanket.
How does a weighted blanket work?
Weighted blankets help you find relief from stress or anxiety and relax before bedtime, which can help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
A weighted blanket is exactly what it sounds like; a blanket filled with the material to make it weigh a little more than traditional blankets. There are different fillings in weighted blankets, depending on the type of blanket you get. Some use small poly pellets made of plastic or beads, while others use tiny glass pellets. However, many people report that the type of filling doesn't matter as much as getting the right weight of the blanket.
Most weighted blankets are smaller in size, typically the size of a throw blanket. It doesn't usually replace your standard duvet or comforter on your bed but instead goes on top when you feel like you need more support, helping you feel comforted and relaxed.
When you use a weighted blanket, it feels like you are getting comfort and security. People have compared it to getting a big hug, where you get a sense of protection. Weighted blankets also come in lap blanket sizes; the great thing about choosing a smaller blanket is that you can easily carry it to your home's different rooms. So, for example, if you have a bad panic attack and want to lay on the couch, bring it to your living room and sit for a few minutes with the blanket over your body or around your shoulders – you will be amazed at how much relief you experience.
Shopping for the right blanket
Before you buy your first weighted blanket, here are a few more things to keep in mind. First of all, make sure you buy it from a reputable seller. Many new companies are coming up with weighted blankets, but since these cost upwards of $100 or more, you want to be sure you are getting the real thing. Next, consider the amount of weight you want in your weighted blanket. Finally, consider your body weight when determining the right weight. 10% of a person's body weight is most beneficial in providing calming effects. House of Health recommends Mosaic Weighted Blankets, available in various sizes, styles, and weights to suit your individual needs.
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