Here’s the wrap on weighted blankets!

Have you experienced the comfort of burying yourself under a heap of pillows? Or, the coziness felt when your duvet and comforter weigh you down into a dreamy hull? Apparently, there’s a science to why weighted blankets and their ability to soothe and comfort. They may help ease certain symptoms and improve sleep for people who suffer from anxiety, insomnia and autism.

What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 2 to 13 kg. According to the Sleep Foundation, the pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation or ‘pressure therapy.’

Benefits of using a weighted blanket

Deep pressure stimulation mimics the experience of being hugged. Sometimes, all you need is a hug.

Weighted blankets are known to relieve the perception of pain, reduce symptoms of anxiety, improve sleep quality and relieve symptoms of depression. Just like a hug, right?

The best part about using a weighted blanket is the fact that it’s accessible. A comforting hug isn’t always there for the taking. As such, having a weighted blanket around is great for moments when you’re alone and feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

The benefits of getting comfortable are obvious, but there is something special about a weighted blanket that makes the experience even more comforting.

Who could benefit from a weighted blanket?

If you suffer from any of the following, incorporating a weighted blanket into your comfort regime may be your next best move:

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis

Where to buy weighted blankets


Weighted Blanket from Cielo, R899

Autism Resources South Africa

Large Weighted Blanket from Autism Resources South Africa, R999

Sensable Play

Weighted Blanket from Sensable Play, R590

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Written by Savanna Douglas

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