Weighted Blanket, A closer look

by Jomel Bajar, PT,DPT,MS

Some of you might have seen weighted blankets in the mall or specialty sleep stores before or prior to the pandemic. Have you ever wondered why it was manufactured in the first place?

If you are having anxious thoughts just before you go to bed, most likely you won’t be able to sleep. Trying to sleep with anxiety is a vicious cycle. It all starts with a thought then it spirals down to another thought and before you know it, it is already 5 am in the morning and you still haven’t slept. If this is a problem that you are experiencing lately, then maybe a weighted blanket is something that you could try. Weighted blankets are recently gaining attention for its ability to improve sleep and alleviate stress. In case you are not familiar with them, weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that are heavier than your average comforter. They weigh between 4 to 30 pounds and have been used in physical therapy for a long time.

According to several studies, weighted blankets, also known as gravity blankets, simulate the effect of a deep pressure stimulation technique which uses the idea of using firm and gentle pressure on