We have all experienced a moment like this, in which you lay awake in bed at night and hope for a way to quiet your anxious brain so you can finally go to sleep. We are here to tell you that you are not alone. The American Sleep Apnea Association states that 70 percent of Americans can experience monthly sleep loss, and eleven percent experience sleep loss every night.
The main reason behind fatigue as a nation is the sheer amount of stress and anxiety of our society.
The Therapeutic Sleep Option
Weighted blankets are the most popular option for people who are seeking help with both sleep and stress. Not only do weighted blankets improve health, but they also offer an overall boost to both your mental and physical health.
Are you thinking about buying one for yourself? In this article, we hope to provide you with all the information you need for making an informed decision when buying a weighted blanket.
So, let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of using a sustainable weighted blanket.
Pros of Using a Weighted Blanket
The benefits of using a weighted blanket include relaxation, improved breathing, and muscle relaxation.
Weighted Blankets Help People Sleep Better
The gentle full-body pressure of a weighted blanket helps the user by making it easier to lie still throughout the night. Many people report that weighted blankets help reduce night-time tossing and turning.
The experience of sleeping under a weighted blanket can be likened to the feeling of being hugged or swaddled, much like what newborns experience to help them fall asleep. The hugging sensation is also known as deep pressure touch. Through deep pressure touch, the blanket relaxes the sympathetic nervous system. A weighted blanket can assist your body in regulating levels of serotonin (happiness hormone), melatonin (sleep hormone), and even cortisol (stress hormone).
Weight applied to a person's body results in increased levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps people sleep better.
Maintaining optimal serotonin levels is crucial for getting quality sleep. This also helps counteract low serotonin levels by activating our innate production of the neurotransmitter.
Suggested Product: Try our 100% Cotton Weighted Blanket:
- Highest-quality manufacturing —The outer shell is made of 100% cotton, and the inner stuffing is made of polyester derived from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles and medical-grade glass beads.
- Breathability — Patented layered construction to assist with airflow.
- Hypoallergenic — Oeko-Tex 100 Standard: no harmful chemicals used in the making of this blanket.
Weighted blankets naturally increase both melatonin and serotonin, which improves sleep quality and can help people sleep more soundly. By using a weighted blanket, you can naturally decrease cortisol levels (the stress hormone) which increases the capacity of the brain to produce positive neurotransmitters.
The rise in production of these two positive neurotransmitters in the brain is what is responsible for helping you achieve a deep and satisfying rest. When you wake up from this kind of rest, you'll wake up feeling more restored and will have the continued bonus of an elevated mood. In turn, this will help you fight day-to-day stressors.
Weighted Blankets Are Useful for Treating Insomnia
Insomnia, a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling or staying asleep, is widespread. When worn throughout the night, weighted blankets can help treat insomnia, and many people who suffer from this condition find that their sleep health improves when they use a weighted blanket regularly.
Weighted Blankets Can Help Minimize Anxiety
A study using 32 adult participants found that approximately sixty percent of the adults experienced reduced anxiety after lying under a weighted blanket.
This increased pressure from the weighted blanket results in a series of nervous system responses that slows down breathing and lowers cortisol levels. This ultimately lowers the heart rate, which helps your body to relax and your mind to move from fight or flight mode to a restful, at ease state.
For those with tactile needs: Try our Sherpa Weighted Blanket:
- Cozy and comfortable to the touch — Made with 100% microfiber fleece
- Still cooling despite coziness — Patterned airflow channels ensure you don’t get too hot under your cuddly blanket.
- The perfect weight — Evenly distributed weight of the blanket stimulates the release of serotonin. Customers claim they don’t even notice the beads. It just feels like a heavy winter blanket that makes for great naps.
Weighted Blankets Have Several Benefits for Achieving Overall Wellness
Many people already know that the quality of your sleep can have a significant impact on your overall health. People who have poor sleep quality, like those who sleep less than six hours a night, may experience many health issues over time. This can include various diseases and mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety.
Using a weighted blanket as part of your nightly routine offers a drug-free way to get quality rest, promoting overall physical and mental health.
There are some cons to sleeping under a weighted blanket, but mainly those come from dealing with other health issues.
Not Everyone Can Sleep Under a Weighted Blanket
It is suggested that children under four years old not use a weighted blanket as they are not yet developed enough to be able to handle the weight. Infants and babies should never sleep under a weighted blanket.
You should not sleep under a weighted blanket if you have sleep apnea or other breathing issues; the body may not learn to regulate under the weight.
Sleeping Under a Weighted Blanket Takes Time To Adjust
Just like any new habit, it takes time to adjust to sleeping under a weighted blanket. It is suggested that you sleep with it over just your legs for seven days, then halfway over your body for another five or so days before you sleep all the way under the blanket.
Lots of people rush into this process and end up not acclimating to their blanket. Taking it slow and steady will help you achieve the sound sleeping results you crave.
Not All Weighted Blankets Are Cooling
A majority of the population is reported to be hot sleepers. Even low heat exposure can keep the body temperatures higher, which means these hot sleepers' body temperatures heat up faster and find themselves too warm or uncomfortably hot to sleep.
This is one of the main hurdles when making the decision to invest in a weighted blanket: will I be hot under my weighted blanket?
While average heavy quilts or blankets are not usually very breathable, Luna’s innovative airflow design and functional features maximized coolness and breathability. The use of natural fibers like cotton or bamboo keeps even the hottest sleepers comfortable under a weighted blanket.
A weighted blanket made with natural fibers like bamboo or cotton, with a patented breathable polyester and medical-grade glass bead center, is the best option for you if you have a hot sleeping style.
Suggested Product: Try our 100% Lyocell Bamboo Cooling Weighted blanket:
- Naturally Cooling — Made of sustainable and naturally thermoregulating lyocell bamboo.
- Clean and refreshing — Bamboo is naturally moisture-wicking and antimicrobial.
- Super soft — Spun bamboo fiber is one of the silkiest and softest available. Feel absolutely luxurious while wrapped up in your weighted bamboo delight!
Not All Weighted Blankets Are Produced in an Environmentally Friendly Way
Not only can some weighted blankets be filled with plastic pellets or plastic beads, but many manufacturers do not use sustainable production methods. Instead, they use methods that contribute to the destruction of our environment.
The impact your purchase may have on the environment should influence your decision about which weighted blanket you purchase.
There are several way manufacturers can use more sustainable practices when producing their goods:
- Uphold Fair Trade Practices — Fair Trade Practices support the overseas workers by providing them a living wage, being committed to creating a comfortable working environment free of hazards and environmental damage. Several unsustainable businesses in the textile industry wreak havoc on the local environments, polluting waterways and filling up villages with trash. By supporting fair trade, you will know that those who make the products you buy are cared for humanely.
- Sustainable fabrics and manufacturing — Using sustainable fabrics in large-scale manufacturing not only supports farmers of these sustainable materials, but it helps create a stand for other manufacturing and textile companies to follow. If we demand sustainability with our dollars, we set the industry standards and can change the future of our planet.
- Partnering with high-quality organizations to offset — It is common practice to partner with organizations who are working to protect natural forests from deforestation, replanting these forests, and other agencies that help offset the emissions of manufacturing. By planting and protecting more trees, we can help offset the carbon footprint of our world.
- Having high standards when it comes to chemicals — It's no secret that there is a lot of chemical use in the textile industry. By employing a standard like the Oeko-Tex standard, manufacturers can be absolutely sure that there are no harmful chemicals used in their products and production. The Oeko-Tex standard tests every aspect of the product, from thread to tiny glass beads, to make sure they’re chemical-free and don’t pose a threat to humans.
The Best Kinds of Weighted Blanket Manufacturing
The best kind of weighted blanket company is one that follows the highest standards and employs fair trade and sustainability practices in their manufacturing that supports their workers’ incomes and working environments.
At Luna, we adhere to the highest standard. We partner with fair trade advocates, and we support third-party carbon neutralizing organizations that take our environment seriously. On top of that, our fabrics are comfy and sustainable.
Weighted Blankets in a Nutshell
Once you know the pros and cons of weighted blankets, you can make an easy and informed decision about which one is right for you to purchase.
Overall, a weighted blanket is a natural and helpful self-care act that can lead to better sleep and ultimately better health and well-being.