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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?


Affects most ages from teens through to the elderly

Is due to our stressed modern lifestyle.

Can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease.

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

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

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

Light grey smooth minky 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

Weighted Blanket made with Licensed Minecraft fabric

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 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 multiple weight options for our weighted bed blankets. This means you get the correct weight blanket to give you better 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.

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.

Three More Reasons to Buy a Calming Moments’ Weighted Blanket

1. We pay the post

We give you FREE shipping Australia-wide

And we have Express and International shipping options available too.

2. Guaranteed for two years

These premium quality weighted blankets come with a unique two-year guarantee.

This means we will repair or replace it in the unlikely event that the stitching breaks.

3. More fabric and colour choices

We have the widest choice of weighted blanket fabrics and colours available.

Choose from breathable cotton, snuggly sensory minky, luxurious smooth minky or fun printed cottons.

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

Some of Our Customers’ Real-Life Stories

Wish We Had Ordered Sooner

We bought a blanket for our son, who’s always been a restless light sleeper. But not only that, he 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.

Calming Moments was so easy to work with and our order arrived yesterday. He was so excited when 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!

-Courtney E

Highly Recommend This Company

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 tp date with the progress of my order at all times via email.

The item arrived in a timely manner and 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

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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.

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