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
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.