How Weighted Blankets Help People with Insomnia

Did you know that up to 33% of the population of industrialised countries suffers from some form of insomnia?


Insomnia affects people of all ages

Affects all ages, from teens through to the elderly.

Is due to our stressed, modern lifestyle.

Calming Moments' weighted blankets help relieve feeling of stress

Can lead to serious health problems, including addiction, depression, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure; and

Can hurt your professional, social and family life.

So says a clinical study, “Positive  Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia” published in The Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders.

In a nutshell, it found that weighted blankets may provide an “innovative, non-pharmacological approach and complementary tool to improve sleep quality”.

Let’s look at the study’s detail.

An investigation into whether weighted blankets can help adults with sleep problems

Calming Moments' weighted blankets help you sleep better at night

The study was run at two clinical sites in Sweden over the course of a year. Each participant was involved for four weeks and had to self-identify as having chronic insomnia. (This was defined as having difficulty in going to sleep or staying asleep for more than three nights a week for more than three months. In addition, the participant had to record that they did not feel “refreshed” when they woke up in the morning.)

Each participant took part in the study for four weeks. They were attached to various instruments that objectively measured their sleep-wake patterns and movement in bed. They also kept a subjective sleep diary.

  • In the first week, they slept as normal, without a weighted blanket. This established a baseline to measure against.
  • In weeks two and three, they used a weighted blanket. They could choose to use it alone or with other bedding.
  • In week four, they reverted to sleeping without the weighted blanket.

The objective measures showed a large decrease in movement

The study then compared the two weeks’ sleep with the weighted blanket to the before- and after- weeks with it. The instrument measurements found that:

  • The mean sleep time “significantly increased when using the weighted blanket”; and
  • The “total activity time in bed…significantly decreased during weighted blanket use”.

At the study’s end, each participant filled out a questionnaire to report their subjective feelings about sleeping with the weighted blanket. Overall, the survey found that:

  • Participants liked sleeping with the weighted blanket;
  • They found it easier to go to sleep and believed their sleep was better quality;
  • The weight of the blanket did not disturb the study participants; and
  • The weighted blanket did not change their temperature in bed.

Most importantly, the study found no “adverse impacts” from using the weighted blankets.

Weighted blankets help sleep by providing a “cocooning” feeling

Calming anti-anxiety aqua smooth minky weighted blanket

The study’s authors note that weighted blankets provide a “cocooning” feeling, which could help general insomnia and also “mild sleep problems”. This is because the “deep pressure and consistent sensory input” from a weighted blanket “can reduce physiological levels of arousal”.

Importantly, the weight should not be too heavy or too light. It should also be evenly distributed across the blanket “to provide constant tactile stimulation”.

The study concludes with the statement: “…a weighted blanket may aid in reducing insomnia through increased tactile and proprioceptive inputs, may provide an innovative, non-pharmacological approach and complementary tool to improve sleep quality”.

Every weighted blanket needs two things to maximise the calming effect

Every weighted blanket should have two characteristics to maximise its Deep Pressure Touch benefits. These will help you go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

  1. The weight should be spread evenly through it, without any “bunching” or “pooling” of the weight.
  2. It should be the correct weight for the individual user.
The weight needs to be evenly distributed through the weighted blanket

Every weighted blanket should have the weight spread evenly through the blanket to deliver the best sleep-enhancing Deep Pressure Touch effect.

Our customers have found that many mass-produced weighted blankets don’t have evenly spaced weights. This means that the weight can claustrophobically focus on your chest, pinning you to your bed. With nothing on your legs. Or the other way round.

Or the weights will slide around to the bottom of the pocket.

The weight must be evenly spread through the blanket to maximise its Deep Pressure Touch so that you can sleep better for longer.

But even this alone is not enough to make sure that you get the correct Deep Pressure Touch on your body to get you the best sleep result.

Every weighted blanket should be custom-made for the individual user
Custom-made weighted blankets

Occupational Therapists recommend that single bed weighted blankets should be 10% of the user’s body weight. (We recommend adding weight for the larger blankets as the weight is spread over a larger area.)

We all have different body weights.

Yet, most mass-produced weighted blankets come in a limited number of weights.

And that means that you may not get the right weight for the best calming effect for your unique body.

How can a Calming Moments’ weighted blanket help you sleep better?

We have designed each and every Calming Moments weighted blanket to deliver the best possible Deep Pressure Touch effect. This enhanced Deep Pressure Touch can help you go to sleep faster and sleep for longer.

  • All Calming Moments’ weighted blankets are carefully sewn with evenly spaced pockets to distribute the Australian-sourced glass beads that give the weight. This makes sure that the weight is evenly placed over your whole body to give you the best sleep-enhancing Deep Pressure Touch.
  • We custom make each blanket to order. We offer over 20 different weight options for our weighted bed blankets. These start at 1.5kg in a single bed and increase in 0.5kg increments up to 12kg. This means you get the correct weight blanket to give you better sleep.

So, don’t waste your money on a “cheap” mass produced alternative that won’t help you sleep.

A better quality blanket for a better night’s sleep

Consider, how much a good night’s sleep is worth to you.

$1 a night? $5 a night?

If you use a Calming Moments weighted blanket for two years, you will pay less than 50c per night for better quality, longer sleep.

Our prices reflect our high quality, certified Australian-made production.

The only certified Australian-made weighted blanket

But they also mean that you can rest peacefully, secure in the knowledge that the blanket will work for you individually AND that it contains no potentially harmful inputs. (We have heard reports of weighted blankets filled with powdered glass, noisy poly pellets or beads with toxic fillers.)

Get your calm worry-free for two years

We cover each and every weighted blanket and quilt insert we make with a 2-year guarantee. This assures you that the workmanship on each blanket is outstanding. And if the stitching breaks or fails in any way, we will repair or remake the blanket for FREE.

Widest range of fabrics and colours for weighted blankets available in Australia

We have the widest range of coloured and printed cotton, sensory minky and smooth minky fabrics available in Australia.

Free shipping Australia-wide

We give you FREE shipping Australia-wide

Payment options include Afterpay and Zip Money

We have both Afterpay and Zip Money available for instalment payments.

Don’t take our word for it. Here are some reviews – and you can find more on here or on our Facebook page.


We received our son’s blanket yesterday. He absolutely loves it! After looking online for a while no at sooo many types I am so happy we got one from you guys.

The quality is amazing and the personal touch with his name on it looks awesome.

Thanks again for a great product.

-Mel B


I was looking for a weighted blanket made in Australia. Calming Moments ticked all the boxes.

I was able to order a Super King Size Weighted Quilt Insert. Calming Moments kept me up to date with the progress of my order at all times via email.

The item arrived in a timely manner despite the COVID Crisis and it is really well made.

I’m having the best sleep since I started using the new insert. I would highly recommend this company if you would like to improve the quality of your sleep.

-Tanya E


I didn’t realise how good sleep could be until I started using one of your weighted blankets.

I used to sleep very light and always woke up groggy.

Now I always feel like I’m getting a great night’s sleep. Thanks!

-Jim D


They went above and beyond to find the fabric I requested and were very responsive with all of my questions!

Received the blankets today and the quality is AMAZING!!!

A huge thank you to the Calming Moments team!

-Skye P


Highly Recommend, my daughter has a hearing loss and one of her biggest struggles has been calming down enough at the end of the day to sleep.

Usually it takes her hours and lots of tears but the last 2 weeks she’s been using her blanket and has fallen asleep within 5 minutes of going to bed

-Bridget T


I purchased three weighted blankets (one for hubby and I and one for each child) because I was sick of the lack of sleep I was getting due to everyone else.

They take a little getting used to after a light feather doona but I absolutely swear by them!

My husband (who suffers from a sleep disorder) says that he loves the weighted blanket and it has significantly reduced his need to take sleep medication. He really noticed the difference when he went away and was without the blanket for a few days.

I used to wake up at night and lay awake for ages but this doesn’t happen any more with the weighted blanket. The kids are both much more settled at night as well! Very happy with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone with sleep issues.

-Kristen W


We brought a blanket for our son, who’s always been a restless light sleeper but not only that needs the touch and comfort of someone next to him.

We had exhausted all avenues and were exhausted ourselves. It’s always been that way since he was born, he’s now 6.

A few family members made the comment about trying a weighted blanket and we thought what have to got to lose and ordered one.

Calming Moments were so easy to work with and our order arrived yesterday. He was so excited we put it on his bed. This morning our son walked into our room and said “I stayed in my bed the whole night, my blanket was so good mum. It was like someone was cuddling me the whole time”.
I wish we had ordered one a lot sooner! We can’t thank you enough! We’ll definitely be back soon for more.

-Courtney E


I have been using this blanket for 6 months now and it’s definitely the best buy ever in my life. I used to take 2-3 hours just to fall asleep and can’t stay asleep because of anxiety.

Now I fall asleep within half an hour and stay asleep most of the nights and feel refreshed in the morning.

Not to mention that the blanket is very well stitched and the materials used inside the blanket are very fine and soft to touch.

I can’t think you enough for your good work in helping us.

-Kevyl N

A Calming Moments’ weighted blanket is just a mouse click away.

But hurry, because our production capacity is limited and we don’t want you to have to wait to get a great night’s sleep.

Please click the button below to shop our range of sleep-enhancing weighted blankets.

Here are more ways that weighted blankets help:

As seen on:

Certified Australian-made

Made with © 2021