What Do Weighted Blankets Do? (and What to Look for When Buying One)

Jul 04, 2022 • Luna Blanket

 

Weighted blankets might just seem like another trendy item that you're unsure about. After all, they do come with a higher price tag than many other viral trends and require you to use them to see the benefits! But we're here to explain exactly what weighted blankets do. They have so many benefits that are often overlooked, and tend to get labeled as a just a 'heavy blanket.'

Read on to see what weighted blankets do and how one might help you.

So What is a Weighted Blanket?

Technically, a weighted blanket is a heavier-than-normal blanket, but it's when we dig deeper where we get into what makes it so different. While it can be used as a normal blanket to keep you cozy and warm, or placed on a bed as a quilt would, it has some unique properties.

Weighted blankets are filled with materials that make them hold weight. This could be sand or grains, but is most often a type of bead. At Luna, we use micro glass beads because they're machine-washable, distribute weight evenly, and are more dense so they require less product overall. If you want to learn more about filling, read our guide to what weighted blankets are made of here

What Do Weighted Blankets Do? Are There Symptoms They Help With

Above all, weighted blankets provide a sense of comfort and support to those who use them. Most commonly, these products help people get better sleep and reduce overall anxiety.

That filler we mentioned above serves a purpose — it creates something called Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation, which is best described as that feeling you get when someone hugs you. That sense of comfort? Yep, that's what a weighted blanket does. Consider the fact that a baby calms when it's swaddled. A weighted blanket is like an adult swaddle *wink*.

Now let's take a look under the sheets. Pun intended.

When we lay under that gentle, but firm, weight for a period of time, our bodies release serotonin (the feel good chemical), reduce cortisol (the stress hormone), and promotes melatonin (the chemical that helps you get deep REM sleep). Put it all together and it makes for a full body calming effect and better night's rest. 

What to Consider When Buying a Weighted Blanket

If you're ready to lower your stress and get a better night's sleep, it's time to decide which weighted blanket is right for you. With so many on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming but we're here to guide you through what to consider.

Get Your Weighted Blanket Today

So now you know what weighted blankets do and how they can help you make the most of your day and night. Ready to dive into a cozy bed? Shop one of Luna's weighted blankets to find the best choice. They're machine-washable, cost-friendly, and made from Oeko-TEXT Certified materials. 

Cotton Weighted Blanket

Cotton Weighted Blanket

Care Instructions: Wash on a Low Gentle Setting | Dry on Low Heat or Hang Dry

  • Outer Shell: 100% cotton
  • Filling: 100% polyester & microfiber + glass beads
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free of harmful chemicals
  • OEKO-TEX 100 certified (HKX 17867)
  • 8 loops on every corner and side to accommodate cover ties
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