Item of the Week – Weighted Blanket

Being forced to stay at home for most of 2020 and 2021 has caused many individuals to feel isolated, lonely, and depressed. I certainly felt distant, especially not being able to see my friends for months on end. I’m sure many of you can relate, not being able to have enough social interactions can be sad and lonely.


So, earlier this year, I got myself a weighted blanket, and even though it doesn’t cure my loneliness, it definitely calms me down a bit during my times of sadness.


I want to spend a bit of time talking about some of the benefits of a weighted blanket. First off, improved sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, whether it’s a nap or sleeping at night, having a heavy pressure pressing against you can be a relaxing feeling, and this helps put people to sleep faster and easier.


If you suffer from anxiety, a weighted blanket can reduce anxiety. Having a weighted blanket over you is known to induce feelings of being held or hugged, which can provide a relaxing, almost therapeutic effect on anxiety. A weighted blanket has great benefits for anxiety, autism, and sensory processing.



What makes a blanket a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket has special glass micro beads inside them, making them several times heavier than your average blanket. Some people rely on this heaviness when they lie down, because it makes them feel like someone is giving them a hug. There’s something about the pressure on top of you that makes you feel relaxed and relieved.


Can children use a weighted blanket?

Yes, they definitely can. Here is a list of the benefits of weighted blankets for children:

  • Improved sensory processing
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Improved transitions
  • Helps children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) sleep

Here is the Must-Read Weighted Blanket Guide for Kids: Calm, Relax, Sleep


Which brand is a good weighted blanket to help with insomnia, anxiety and stress?

Yarra Supply have the best calming blanket in Australia. Their gravity blankets are good quality, machine washable and durable with removable covers. They just work. It’s a great therapeutic blanket that induces deep sleep, improves your feeling of relaxation, and is overall great for generalised anxiety disorders. They are not only recommended for children, but are a recommended anti anxiety blanket for adults.

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