After tossing and turning for hours, you jump out of bed. So, you resort to doing the usual: meditating, breathing, and puzzles. Yet upon returning to bed, you still can’t sleep. A last-ditch effort to finally hit the hay might be the weighted blanket. The blankets get their weight from different materials, such as flax seeds. Do not use a weighted blanket for infants, as they can suffer from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 1

Pain

A weighted blanket can alleviate pain. This is because of the pressure the blanket has. In turn, the pressure also makes your body produce serotonin, a hormone that will ease the pain. 2

Insomnia

Insomnia is trouble sleeping, and anxiety is a common cause. Luckily, the weight of the blanket often resembles a hug that makes you feel comfortable. In general, you’ll feel better because of the serotonin, which also makes you feel happy. 3

Mood

It can also help improve your mood. Around bedtime, you can expect to feel less stress because of (you guessed it) serotonin. Also, cortisol which is produced to make you feel stressed or anxious is reduced. As a result, you’ll have the perfect recipe for a good night’s rest (low stress, good mood). 4

Source(s):

  1. https://childrensmd.org/browse-by-age-group/newborn-infants/weighted-blankets-tragic-mistake/
  2. https://www.dreamcloudsleep.com/p/do-weighted-blankets-work/
  3. https://www.sleepadvisor.org/weighted-blankets-for-anxiety-and-insomnia/
  4. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/two-takes-depression/201812/should-you-be-sleeping-weighted-blanket