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Will a Weighted Blanket Help You Sleep Better?

Will a Weighted Blanket Help You Sleep Better?

Will a Weighted Blanket Work for You?

Did you know that weighted blankets can calm the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety and help you sleep better – without medication?

Which is awesome!

But, it’s also true that weighted blankets don’t work for everyone. So, before you buy one, how do you know whether a weighted blanket will work to help you sleep better?

Sensory-seeking People Get the Most Benefit from Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets work best for people who are sensory-seeking.

And to get the best result, they should be sensory-seeking both during the day AND in their sleep.

So, let’s unpack what sensory-seeking means and the four types of sensory behaviour during sleep.

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What is Sensory-Seeking Behaviour?

Some people crave stimuli to their 5 senses and will do things that feed their senses.

It may look like:

  • Little sense of personal space and touching of other people’s arms, including strangers;
  • Seeking out physical contact, such as hugs;
  • Rubbing hands over specific textures;
  • Chewing or sucking on objects or clothing; or
  • Fidgeting.

But remember, you also need to seek sensory feedback in your sleep. Typically you can identify this if you need someone to snuggle with or rub your back to help you sleep. Or perhaps you have an object – such as a pillow – that gives you a sense of security so that you can sleep.

But it can be hard to know if you’re doing this in your sleep because…well, you’re asleep. And this is all subconscious behaviour that is driven by how our individual nervous system is wired.

So let’s find out how you can know for sure.

It’s All About Your Sensory Sleep Type

There are – broadly – four different types of sensory behaviour during sleep. These are:

  • Highly sensory-seeking sleeper;
  • Medium sensory-seeking sleeper;
  • Low sensory-seeking sleeper; and
  • Sensory-avoidant sleeper.

Let’s unpack what each of these mean.

Highly Sensory-Seeking Sleepers

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If you are a highly sensory-seeking sleeper then you actively search out some type of physical feedback to help you relax and sleep better. This could be in the form of snuggling a partner, loving the feeling of a pet’s body on the bed, enjoying lying under a heavy doona or being a relatively restless sleeper who moves around in bed.

Perversely, a high sensory-seeking sleeper may actually kick their covers off in their quest for some form of physical feedback.

A weighted blanket will work to help a highly sensory-seeking sleeper sleep better. They will benefit from using a weighted blanket as the reassuring pressure provides the physical feedback that they naturally want.

Medium Sensory-Seeking Sleepers

Medium sensory-seeking sleepers

Medium sensory-seeking sleepers also seek physical contact in their sleep, but not to the same extent as highly sensory-seeking sleepers.

Instead, they will cuddle up to their partner or stroke the blanket, sheet or pillow. They may rub their own feet or legs together as well.

The bottom line is that medium sensory-seeking sleepers are also likely to find a weighted blanket helps them sleep better for longer.

Low Sensory-Seeking Sleepers

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People who are low sensory-seeking sleepers don’t require that much physical pressure to help them sleep better. But they do – subconsciously – want some.

So, they may rub the bedding with their hands or twist the sheet or the edge of the pillow case.

Low sensory-seeking sleepers may find a calming weighted blanket helpful to improve sleep, but other strategies can be just as effective.

Sensory-Avoidant Sleepers

People who avoid sensory contact in their sleep typically don’t like feeling another body in their sleep zone.

If you are a sensory-avoidant sleeper, then a weighted blanket is unlikely to help you sleep better. Instead, here are some other calming strategies that can help you sleep better.

How Can I Tell What My Sensory Sleep Type Is?

So, to sum up, a weighted blanket can help you sleep better if you naturally seek sensory input to calm yourself and self-regulate.

We’ve put together this 2-minute quiz. It will ask you 7 simple questions that will show you your sensory sleep type.

Just click the link below to take the quiz now.

Some Commonly Asked Questions About Weighted Blankets

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What Does a Weighted Blanket Do For You?

Weighted blankets help calm anxiety, relieve stress and help you sleep better for longer.

Weighted blankets use “Deep Pressure Touch”, which has been clinically proven to reduce the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety.

Firstly, Deep Pressure Touch deactivates the body’s “fight or flight” response.

It then floods the blood stream with mood-boosting hormones like serotonin and endorphins. As a result, clinical studies have found that heart rates and breathing rates slow.

Clinical studies have also found that Deep Pressure Touch reduces cortisol, which is the hormone linked to stress.

Lastly, it helps your body produce more of the sleep hormone melatonin.

All of this together helps physically relax your body and mind so that you feel less anxious and can sleep better.

Is It OK to Sleep Under a Weighted Blanket?

You can sleep all night with a weighted blanket if you like the feeling of safety and security it provides.

Please check the following to make sure that it is safe for you to do so:
Is the weighted blanket made with the correct weight for your body?
Can you easily lift it off yourself?

If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then it is safe to sleep with your weighted blanket.

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How to select the correct weight for your weighted blanket

How Heavy Should My Weighted Blanket Be?

Occupational Therapists recommend that a single bed weighted blanket should be 10% of your body weight.

However, larger blankets need a bit more weight to compensate for the larger area of the blanket. You can find out the correct weight for your personal blanket here or use the calculator on the “Your blanket’s weight” tab on each product page.

Still wondering if a weighted blanket can work for you? Here are just some of our customers’ real-life stories

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"EXCELLENT"
5/5

Very prompt good customer service and my daughter with special needs loves her weighted blanket.

It’s helped her sleep better and also helped her self regulate. Thanks Julie

– Julie V

"HIGHEST QUALITY"
5/5

The quality and even weight distribution is amazing. Well worth the money and my ADHD son has started to find comfort in it when dysregulation stops him from sleeping.

Thank you for a beautiful blanket!

– Sophia C

"GREAT QUALITY PRODUCT"
5/5

Provided my daughter relief in anxiety while asleep and a better quality sleep.


The product washes really well – great quality

– Lee P

"PERFECT PRODUCT AND SERVICE"
5/5

Using a weighted blanket gives my daughter on average an extra 1.5 hours of sleep a night. Instead of waking at 5-5:30 am she sleeps until 6:30-7am most mornings. Bliss!

Company was easy to deal with in all correspondence I had.

– Kaz P

But if you’re still feeling uncertain about whether a calming weighted blanket will work to help you sleep better, then just take this 2-minute quiz.

It will help you identify your sensory sleep type. This, in turn, will tell you whether or not a weighted blanket will work to help you sleep better.

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