A study reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicated that grounding the human body while sleeping is an effective way to synchronize cortisol secretion with its natural, 24-hour circadian rhythms, especially in women. Grounding helped reduce cortisol production in the participants during sleep. This improved their sleep and alleviated stress, insomnia, and pain.

Another study found that 30-lb weighted blankets are a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety in adults. Of the 32 adults who participated in the study, 63 percent reported lower levels of anxiety.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be?

Your own weight should help you determine the weight of the blanket. Some weighted blanket manufacturers recommend that adults buy a blanket that’s 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. For children, they recommend blankets that are 10 percent of their body weight plus 1 to 2 pounds. Your doctor or an occupational therapist can also help you to decide which weight blanket will be the most comfortable and efficient for you.

It’s also a good idea to choose a blanket that’s made from a natural fiber, such as breathable 100 percent cotton. Polyester and other synthetic fabrics are typically much hotter.

Weighted blankets aren’t for everyone, since they may add some heat as well as weight. Before using a weighted blanket, you should discuss it with your doctor if you:

  • have a chronic health condition
  • are going through menopause
  • have circulation issues
  • have respiration issues
  • have temperature regulation issues

I am in no way endorsing any products and don’t know personally of the efficacy of these weighted blankets but wanted to share this information in case it does help someone. I know that there are ‘hugging’ dog coats to help dogs feel less anxious on car journeys, and they seem to work – this seems a similar concept. If you have used one and have found it helpful, please share in the comments section.

Mandy X