November 29, 2020 4 min read

You’ve heard the claims of weighted blanket companies and read the flowery reviews left by happy weighted-blanket users. But is it all just a bunch of hooey?

You know, promises like:

  • “Improved sleep quality!”
  • “Reduce your anxiety!”
  • “Quiet restless leg syndrome!”
  • “Feel calmer with this natural sleep aid!”
  • “Solve world hunger!”

Okay, not that last one (unfortunately), but sometimes such amazing claims seem too good to be true, right? The numerous health benefits weighted blanket companies tout about their products can, understandably, cause some skeptism.

But we promise, if you get yourself a high-quality weighted blanket, there’s truth to these claims.

Weighted Blankets: Great Grandma’s Homemade Quilt 2.0

Maybe you have family heirloom quilt laying around your house. Or perhaps you’re an avid quilter yourself. Quilts have been used for hundreds of years not just because they’re beautiful homemade works of art, but because they make you feel safe and secure while you sleep.

Well, gee, aren’t those some of the very benefits of weighted blankets? Absolutely!

But there’s the thing about great grandma’s quilt. It uses dated “technology,” if you will. While they keep you warm and feel nice and heavy, they don’t offer quite the same health benefits as weighted blankets.

You can think of weighted blankets as great grandma’s quilt 2.0.

picture of a quilt folded up on a bed

Weighted Blankets Conform to Your Body. Quilts Don’t.

One of the most important benefits of a weighted blanket is something you can’t find in any other blanket: they conform to body. The weight inside weighted blankets, typically glass or plastic poly beads, allow them to wrap around you no matter how you position yourself.

So what?

In order for you to get the maximum health benefits from a weighted blanket, you need it to press against as much of your body as possible. Unlike quilts or comforters, which can be stiff or fluffy, weighted blankets lightly press against you, enveloping you in a comforting hug.

Again, so what?

When the pressure from a weighted blanket delivers Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS), which has been proven to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and calm nerves. This benefit of weighted blankets is the reason they’ve been used for years to help people with:

  • Autism
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

DPS helps your body release the essential hormones that help you feel relaxed, leading to improved sleep quality.

Grandma’s quilt can’t do that.

The Right Weighted Blanket Won’t Make You Hot

“Wait, you’re telling me a blanket that hugs my body won’t make me wake up in a pool of sweat?! How is that possible?”

First of all, not all weighted blankets can make this claim. Some might make you hotter than an August day on the equator. Of course, that won’t help improve your sleep quality.

But we know one weighted blanket that actually does the opposite: it cools you while you sleep.

“Yeah right.”

We’re serious. As a matter of fact, this company received the award to prove it:

Icon of the Best Cooling Weighted Blanket 2020 Award

Of course, you have to know we’re referring to our very own Original Bamboo Weighted Blanket.

See, the founders of Weighed Evolution live in Hawaii, so they understand the importance of not being too hot while you sleep. That’s why they set out to make a weighted blanket that delivers the incredible health benefits of improved sleep quality and reduced anxiety without making you hot.

And they did it.

The proprietary microglass beads inside, the microfiber inner blanket, and the bamboo duvet cover of Weighted Evolution’s blanket allow for optimal airflow while providing Deep Pressure Stimulation.

Again, grandma’s quilt can’t do that.

Is There Proof to Go with That Health Benefit Pudding?

Because weighted blankets’ popularity has just recently started to pick up speed, in the past few years, there haven’t been many scientific studies on weighted blanket benefits.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t backed by  science.

According to a recent  study completed by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, weighted blankets are both safe and effective. This four-week study was given to 120 adults officially diagnosed with insomnia, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or anxiety. Some of the participants received a control blanket, and the other lucky ones got to use a weighted blanket.

Findings from the study revealed weighted blankets do, indeed, help deliver improved sleep quality. Here are some of the stats:

  • 60% of the weighted blanket participants saw a 50% decrease in their ISI score, compare to only 5.4% of the poor folks using the control blankets

 

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HOLD UP! What’s an ISI Score?

An Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) score is a self-report questionnaire that rates the severity, nature, and impact of insomnia.

  • 42.2% of those in the weighted blanket group scored themselves as being in remission, while only 3.6% of the control group said the same thing.
  • After 12 months of being in the optional follow-up phase, 78% of the weighted blanket uses said they were in remission.

Dr. Adler, the super-smart psychiatrist who helped administer the study in Stockholm said he was surprised and pleased by the effect weighted blankets had on patients with anxiety and depression.

Well, now. That sure sounds like a science-backed product to us.

What’s the Downside to Discovering the Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Yourself?

We’ll refer back to the opening paragraph and remind you that our weighted blankets will:

  • Improve your sleep quality
  • Reduce Your Anxiety
  • Quiet Restless Legs Sydrome
  • Deliver a sense of calm as one of the best natural sleep aids around
  • We wish we could solve world hunger with our weighted blankets, but we won’t make that claim. We’re truthful over here. (But we do support some amazing non profits through ourGive Back Program!)

Who couldn’t use more of any of the above? Not to mention, we offer a risk-free 100-night trial. If you don’t find yourself experiencing the health benefits of our weighted blanket, return it without a hassle. (We promise!)

So put that beautiful quilt made by grand grandma Millie up for display and score yourself an excellent night’s sleep


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