How do weighted blankets work?
Calming effects and reduced anxiety
Weighted blankets provide deep pressure input, which has been reported to produce a calming and relaxing effect. This study published in the Taylor and Francis journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health showed 63% of participants report lower anxiety after using a weighted blanket. Historically, weighted blankets have also been used as therapeutic aids for children with clinical conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to help them feel less anxious and improve their focus (See 1, 2, 3).
Fall asleep faster
Studies have shown that weighted blankets may help people to fall asleep more quickly. In this study, the number of participants who took more than 30 minutes to fall asleep fell from 19% to 0% after using weighted blankets. In another study, the use of weighted blankets reduced the median time to fall asleep in participants from 70 minutes to 30 minutes.
Fewer body movements, higher quality of sleep
The weight and softness of the blanket work together to wrap users in a cocoon, giving them the feeling of being gently hugged while reducing body movements that may affect sleep quality. This study saw users of weighted blankets experience fewer body movements during sleep while reporting a higher quality of sleep.
Eco-friendly premium materials
While traditionally duvets make use of materials like down, wool or polyester for their filling, weighted blankets make use of heavier materials such as plastic, glass or even steel for their weight.
The Serenity Blanket makes use of premium micro glass beads for its weight that grant the blanket extraordinary softness while making them thinner, long-lasting, easily washed and silent when you’re moving around.
These natural glass beads are silica based – the same composition as sand. They do not absorb liquid toxins nor pose risks to marine life, unlike plastic-based microbeads, and are environmentally friendly.