There has been this buzz about weighted blankets and it’s no surprise. They appeal to many people due to their numerous benefits. And true, a weighted blanket is capable of taking you from a sleepless night to a comfortable, sound night.
Despite its many benefits which will be discussed later in the article, a question still plays on people’s lips: Do weighted blankets really work? Some wonder if it’s worth the hype it is accorded. This article will provide an answer to it and will also give you tips on how to wash a weighted blanket. But, first, let’s consider the benefits of a weighted blanket:
Benefits of a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh much more than a regular blanket. The following are their benefits and/or their uses:
- Enhance Oxytocin
When you use a weighted blanket, you have the feeling of being hugged. According to research, a hug releases oxytocin in the body which creates a feeling of relaxation, warmth and security. This hormone also reduces blood pressure and helps the body to relax, leading to improved sleep.
- Relieves Insomnia
If you have trouble getting to sleep, or you can’t stay asleep and wake up much too early, then you are battling with insomnia. A weighted blanket can help with this. People with autism, ADHD and other medical conditions have found weighted blankets helpful too.
- Reduces anxiety and sleeplessness
A weighted blanket can help with anxiety and sleeplessness.
There are other benefits of using a weighted blanket that this article won’t be able to cover. Now to the question, do weighted blankets really work? Yes, they really do.
How do Weighted Blankets Work
Weighted blankets work through a technique known as deep pressure stimulation. Deep pressure stimulation employs hands-on pressure to relax the nervous system and in the process relieve pain, reduce anxiety and enhance mood.
Weighted blankets are not just hyped; they deliver. They really work.
Now that we have established the fact that getting a weighted blanket is not a waste of money, let’s consider how to wash a weighted blanket.
Washing a weighted blanket
The best way to wash a weighted blanket is by considering its weight or bulk. If your weighted blanket weighs more than 20 pounds, the best thing is to take it to a Laundromat where it will be washed in a commercial machine. This will spare your washing machine from wear and tear.
If your blanket weighs less than 20 pounds, you can wash it at home using the following steps:
- Consult the care tag that comes with your blanket to know how to go about the washing.
- Use appropriate water temperature. Use either warm or cold water. Don’t use hot water on it.
- Avoid fabric softeners and bleach. Use mild detergents.
- Once you are sure your blanket is thoroughly cleaned, you can air dry it by spreading it on a large clean surface.
Do weighted blankets really work? YES, they do. You don’t have to fret over that any longer. And knowing how to wash a weighted blanket is easy. With the steps listed above, you will get a clean weighted blanket to use.