A couple of months ago, weighted blankets started popping up throughout my social media feeds, specifically as advertisements on Instagram. They’re exactly what like they sound like; a blanket, weighted usually with sand, to help people to sleep better.
My sister saw somewhere that the blankets were half price, so she looked into it and ended up purchasing one from DreamHug. Keep in mind these puppies are outrageously priced (DreamHug’s retail for $500), so if you’re thinking about getting one, be sure to do your research and see if the price is worth it.
The blankets typically come in two sizes (depending on your height and weight), and DreamHug, in particular, offers a 15-day ‘sleep trial’ to see if the blanket improves your mood and/or sleep. If it does, great; if not, it can be returned.
The blankets on DreamHug’s website are described as follows: “… evenly distributes deep pressure across your body using a superior level, density blanket. Designed to weigh 8 – 12% of your body mass, DreamHug™ mimics the nurturing sense of being held through deep touch technology. The result is a euphoric feeling of complete relaxation. Testing indicates DreamHug™ increases serotonin and melatonin while decreasing cortisol levels. As a result, the body is able to rest effectively, which dramatically improves your everyday mood.”
My sister has had hers for over two weeks now, so I asked her what her honest opinion of the blanket is. First, she said she would never purchase one for full-price and only gave it a try because it was so discounted; second, she hasn’t noticed herself falling asleep any faster than she did with a regular blanket; and third, although the blanket is soothing, she hasn’t identified a significant mood change when she wakes up.
My sister is only one person who has tried a weighted blanket, but I trust her opinion. I guess it depends on each person who uses one.
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