The hype around the weighted blanket is palpable: It’s been compared to a super mattress and was featured in a Vanity Fair article as a “new miracle product.” But how does the weighted blanket compare to other sleeping aids? Is it all hype, or is there actual proof it works?
First of all, let’s look at what Facebook said about the weighted blanket. The company claims that “Gravity Blanket Ramps Up” has racked up over $4 million in funding on its Kickstarter project in just over a year. Pinterest says that weighted blankets were up a whopping 260 per cent from two years ago, so the hype is real. But is the blanket doing anything for your health?
Weighted blankets are said to help those who sleep on their back because the blanket puts pressure on the back. It can be helpful if you have a sleeping disorder, such as insomnia, or if you’re a couch potato and want something to prop up your back when you’re trying to fall asleep. Weighted blankets do work, though, by allowing the body’s natural motion to relieve pressure off the back and neck while you sleep.
Weighted blankets Brisbane also make great gifts for sleep apnea sufferers because they help you stay on your side while you sleep. The blanket can also help keep you warm in the colder months. There are also no complaints about side effects in any studies I’ve read.
Weighted blankets have some other benefits, too. Some studies claim they help reduce symptoms of arthritis and diabetes. They are also used to help people who have high blood pressure and to help with depression.
If you think that a weighted blanket will give you some magical benefit, you might want to consider other forms of therapy before you get one. Some of the other treatments available for snoring and sleeping disorders include mouth guards, pillows, headgear, foam pads, and even select mattresses.
If you think that a weighted blanket can solve your snoring problems, it’s worth looking into if you can, but remember that no one pill will magically cure your snoring problems. Other factors play a role, such as age, weight, height and body type. But if you have trouble getting enough sleep, a weighted blanket might be an option for you.
A weighted blanket is more likely to work if you have a lower back problem. The blanket can also be helpful for people who don’t have a sleeping position or a partner to help keep them on their side during sleep. These are among the most common reasons for a back complaint.
Also, because you’re on your back, you may need extra support and warmth to relieve your back problems. If the blanket is too heavy, you won’t be able to get the extra support and warmth. Just because it says it’s weighted doesn’t mean it’s going to be uncomfortable. Just as with the other types of weighted blankets Brisbane, there is a range of weights and quality that you’ll find for your blanket.