The Ultimate Guide to Weighted Blankets: Benefits and Why You Should Try One
If you have searched “how to get a good night’s sleep” on Google, chances are, it has recommended using a weighted blanket, also widely known as gravity blanket, to you. Weighted blankets have exploded in popularity of late. They have been used therapeutically for a myriad of health issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, and simply getting a better night’s sleep. In short, everyday users and experts have claimed that a weighted blanket comes with an exhaustive list of health benefits.
Weighted blankets are still a fairly new concept on this little red dot so it is completely understandable if it feels a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the perfect weighted blanket. To help make the decision-making process easier for you or if you’re wondering, what exactly is a weighted blanket? Wonder no more. We’ve put together an article to help simplify this seemingly life-changing product.
Before moving on to the considerations you’d need to think about before picking out the best weighted blanket for you, we’ll dive deep into everything you need to know about them.
Table of content
Brief History of Weighted Blankets Go to section
What is a Weighted Blanket and How are they made Go to section
How does a Weighted Blanket work? Go to section
Weighted Blankets in Singapore Go to section
Benefits of a Weighted Blanket Go to section
Who may benefit from a Weighted Blanket? Go to section
How to choose a Weighted Blanket size and weight Go to section
Discover Weavve's Weighted Blanket Go to section
Tips on how to use a Weighted Blanket Go to section
How to wash a Weighted Blanket? Go to section
- How often to wash
- How to wash
- How to dry
- What to avoid
Frequently Asked Questions: Weighted Blanket Go to section
BRIEF HISTORY OF WEIGHTED BLANKET
Despite the recent hype surrounding weighted blankets and myriad companies touting their versions, the first commercially available weighted blanket dates back to 1998. Keith Zivalich, a Californian, produced the original weighted blanket, “The Magic Weighted Blanket” after his then 10-year-old daughter placed a Beanie Baby on his shoulder to keep him company while he was driving on a family vacation.
The hugging sensation felt due to the weight of the blanket caught his attention. “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a blanket filled with these same ‘beanies’”, thought Zivalich to himself, “it would be the blanket that hugs you back.”
After Zivalich shared his idea to his wife, she made a prototype “beanie blanket” and lent it to their family friend who happened to be a special needs teacher. She then brought the “beanie blanket” to class to use it with her students. Soon, the Zivalichs started receiving feedback on how the blanket had helped these children with special needs. And that was when it first struck them - weighted blankets were going to be huge.
what is a weighted blanket and how they are made
A Weighted Blanket is exactly what it sounds like - it’s a blanket with extra weight in it. It commonly consists of a few layers, the filling, inner lining fabric and outer fabric.
Weighted Blankets are unique as instead of being filled with cotton or down, it is usually filled with glass beads, plastic beads, poly-pellets,or steel shot beads to make them heavier. You can even find blankets that use rice or barley to weigh them down.
This weight is applied on the body for a feeling of being gently hugged, with the goal of making you feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. This is where the inner lining fabric comes into play. In order to maintain an even distribution of weight, there needs to be stitching pockets in the blanket such that the beads stay in place. If they were allowed to move throughout the blanket, all the weight can end up on either end.
Last, but certainly not least, the fabric of a Weighted Blanket could potentially make or break the experience of using a weighted blanket. This is especially for people with sensory issues. They can be made with bamboo fabric or soft luxurious cotton, completely up to your needs and preferences.
HOW DOES A WEIGHTED BLANKET WORK?
This sensation of being hugged is commonly known as Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS). It is a type of touch commonly considered pleasant and calming, occurring in hugs, cuddling and massages. However, it can also be stimulated by tools or, you guessed it, Weighted Blankets.
Deep Pressure Stimulation activates a subset of specialised affective sensory nerves in your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and is processed in areas of the brain involved with the affective parasympathetic nervous system, rather than the discriminatory sympathetic nervous system.
Here is a simple example of how the Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for receiving information from your body and environment to regulate your body’s response to that information.
First, recall back to the last time you were anxious - sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, fast breathing and perhaps even nauseousness. This is your sympathetic nervous system acting up, more commonly known as your “flight or fight” response.
Now, think about how you feel every night, right as you are about to drift off to sleep - slow, deep breathing, slow heartbeat, relaxed muscles. This is parasympatheticnervous activity.
All of those physiological responses came from your function ANS and Deep Pressure Stimulation helps to induce the latter, producing “feel good” chemicals such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
There have been numerous studies that delve into the effects of deep touch pressure, dating back to the original work of occupational therapist and neuroscientist Dr. Anna Jean Ayres. However, in more recent years, Temple Grandin’s research and development of the “Hug Machine'' for Deep Touch Pressure therapy has contributed to this field with significant insights.
A 2008 study published in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health used a 30lbs (approximately 13.6KG) Weighted Blanket to explore the effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation. It resulted in 63% of participants reporting lower anxiety, 78% reporting positive calming effects and lower physiological data such as blood pressure, pulse rate and pulse oximetry.
Another study using Weighted Blanket was done in 2011, published in the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, they found that participants similarly reported lower anxiety levels following Weighted Blanket use.
Even though the products and methods may differ, from Weighted Blankets to the “Hug Machine” and weighted vests, the studies were all investigating Deep Touch Pressure sensory input and their effects on the human body. All demonstrating a positive effect in nervous system activity after Deep Touch Pressure was introduced.
WEIGHTED BLANKETS IN SINGAPORE
It is no secret that Singaporeans are one of the most sleep deprived people in the world.
Ranking third on the list of most sleep-starved cities in 2014 and second on the 2018 online poll done by Wakefield Research, 62% of Singaporeans aged 18 and older claimed to not be getting enough sleep.
Photo from Mothership
The question is though, how are Singaporeans fairing in this current global pandemic? Some may believe that we are getting more sleep due to WFH or online-based learning, as more time has been freed up for us to rest with all the time saved from travelling. On the other hand, have the uncertainties of COVID-19 have kept us up late into the night, worrying about what the future has to hold?
Well, studies have shown that close to 60% of Singaporeans have felt that the pandemic has had a direct negative impact on their ability to sleep well - averaging on 6.8 hours of sleep per night, down from 7 hours during the previous survey released in 2020. While more than a third has experienced increased stress and deteriorating mental and emotional health.
Whatever the reasons, insufficient and low-quality sleep is not OK. It will significantly affect our health, work performance, safety and general sense of well-being. Desperate for a solution, more than a quarter of Singaporeans turned to Google to learn about sleep and/or sleep treatments. If you are amongst these 25%, look no further, because we have a suggestion for you.
Yes, Weighted Blankets.
Now you may be wondering why weighted blankets, especially with the warm and humid climate here. The best Weighted Blankets in Singapore have been manufactured to not only meet our needs, but also suit our weather conditions. Materials such as glass bead fillings and thinner layers are used to trap less heat as compared to traditional duvets or blankets that use cotton fillings, hence allowing users, including hot sleepers, to benefit from deep touch stimulation all year round.
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BENEFITS OF A WEIGHTED BLANKET
Skeptical about the purpose of a Weighted Blanket in Singapore? Here are some reasons, categorised into the four core types of self care everyone should maximise, for you to determine if it’s true help or just hype.
1. Improved Mood / Increases Serotonin to Improve Mood
As mentioned earlier, the results of the 2008 study of Deep Touch Stimulation showed increased serotonin after introducing a 30lb Weighted Blanket to users. To put it simply, serotonin is a neurochemical agent (hormone) that is associated with emotional states. Researches indicated that increased serotonin level was related to positive mood. Hence under the Deep Touch Pressure of a Weighted Blanket, your brain naturally releases more serotonin which allows us to have a stress-free sleep and improved mood when we’re awake.
2. Decrease Anxiety / Calming Effects to Decrease Anxiety
According to SingHealth, about 10% of Singaporeans suffer from anxiety or depressive disorders, which may translate into sleep anxiety. Even though Weighted Blankets are not a quick fix for these issues, they can help to mitigate the effects of anxiety, such as shortness of breath and quickened heart rate. This is because using a Weighted Blanket aids in producing feel-good hormones like oxytocin and reduces cortisol levels, also known as our stress hormones. Hence reducing heart rate, creating a calming and soothing effect and helping us achieve quality sleep.
3. Increases Sense of Security
Weighted blankets when wrapped around the body, evokes the same therapeutic effects of a security blanket the same way a tight swaddle helps newborns feel snug and cozy. This feeling can help increase one’s sense of security and prompts the body to relax, which can also translate into other areas of your life, including improved sleep.
4. Battle Insomnia / Induces and Improves Sleep
A study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders involved 31 adults with chronic insomnia to sleep with a Weighted Blanket for four weeks and determine its effects. Overall, they found that participants found it easier to settle down to sleep and experienced improved sleep when sleeping with the blanket.
Hence, if you find yourself struggling to fall asleep at night, using a Weighted Blanket as a natural option to achieve quality sleep may be a healthier option as opposed to consuming sleeping pills or supplements like melatonin. Even though Melatonin has been deemed safe for long-term consumption for up to 2 years for some adults, it may lead to certain side effects such as headache, short-term feelings of depression, irritability or daytime drowsiness.
Thus, in order to avoid such unwanted aftereffects, a Weighted Blanket may be better for inducing quality sleep naturally.
5. Decrease Nighttime Movement
If you find yourself tossing and turning in bed trying to get settled, feeling only half-asleep or not being able to fall back asleep quickly after waking up unexpectedly, you may be experiencing restless sleep. And you may most likely find yourself feeling tired or sluggish the next day. This could lead to - at best, unproductive work; and worst, life threatening (such as driving drowsily).
However, the ‘cocooning’ effect of the Weighted Blanket has been proven to significantly decrease movements during sleep, allowing you to fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed and energised.
6. Eases Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes one to have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs, typically happening during long periods of stillness. People with RLS may benefit from the use of a Weighted Blanket. This is because the pressure felt on the legs may overcome that uncomfortable sensation.
7. Mitigate Chronic Pain
Headaches, shoulder and back pains from sitting at the table all day? Don’t let WFH be a pain in the neck!
Weighted Blankets in Singapore are one of the most comfortable, and affordable ways to combat chronic pain. Throughout the day, stress and tension binds up our muscles and joints, making it harder for us to relax when it comes time to rest. Research has shown that Weighted Blankets are able to provide us with an immediate release as the pressure from the blanket signals our brain and body to relax.
8. Lowers Occurrence of Seizures
Seizure disorders, also known as epilepsy, causes a person to either lose consciousness, have uncontrolled movements, become temporarily paralyzed, or all of the above. Research shows that there is a significant correlation between sleep deprivation and seizures in people with epilepsy. Albeit not a permanent fix for seizures, weighted blankets can provide a sense of comfort for many people with sensory disorders and epilepsy as Deep Pressure Touch helps to calm and soothe them.
8. Relieve Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause can be vexing for many women as they experience their “second puberty”. From hot flashes and mood swings, to insomnia, it’s no wonder why women dread this phase of life.
Those going through menopause may find Weighted Blankets to be of help in achieving longer, deeper and better sleep. Deep Pressure Stimulation from the added pressure can also provide relief from other symptoms such as managing mood swings through the release of serotonin.
At a time of their lives when women are dealing with demanding careers, and the added pressure of being a caregiver to their families, Weighted Blankets in Singapore can provide them with much-needed comfort and security.
10. Soothes Sensory Processing Activity
Sensory Processing Disorder refers to difficulty in processing senses such as noises and touch. This often comes hand in hand for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), making daily activities such as work, play and socialising more challenging for them.
Weighted Blankets are frequently used by occupational therapists in Sensory Integration Therapy. The deep pressure has been reported to have stress relieving effects for people with ASD and ADHD from feeling over-stimulated by their environment. Thus improving their overall mood and mental health.
11. Managing OCD Symptoms
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is defined as an anxiety disorder that causes people to engage in repeated behaviours driven from fear or have repetitive, intrusive thoughts that disturbs them. To say that this mental disorder is overwhelming and disruptive to daily activities, would be an understatement. OCD has been linked to low serotonin and high cortisol levels, which can be mitigated through the use of Weighted Blankets. Even though it should not be seen as a treatment, they can act as a supplement to existing treatments and therapy.
12. Coping Tool for PTSD
A non-medical treatment to ease the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is to use a Weighted Blanket, also referred to as a “Trauma Blanket”. Typically, panic disorders have a tendency to get worse at night, when the patient should be resting. Hence receiving a Deep Pressure Stimulation would help to ease symptoms of PTSD such as nightmares and flashbacks, ultimately allowing the patient to achieve a good night’s rest.
13. Minimise Chances of Sleep Paralysis
Sleep Paralysis is an extension of your sleeping state, most commonly seen in teenagers, but it could happen to adults of any age as well. It occurs during the in-between phase of sleeping and waking up, and it is often associated with hallucinations. This phenomenon tends to be triggered when one is sleep deprived or experiencing high levels of stress levels. Thus, Weighted Blankets are great for inducing a deep, restful sleep, which in turn minimises the chances of sleep paralysis.
14. Improves Daytime Performance
When a person is sleep deprived, it affects every aspect of their life - from the ability to engage in social interaction and perform at work, to effectively process and communicate emotions. Even though the recommended hours of sleep is 8 hours, Singaporeans are only averaging 6.8 hours per night. Hence it is essential for us to achieve adequate rest in order to function at our best. Thus Weighted Blankets in Singapore can help us get the good night’s sleep we all deserve.
WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM WEIGHTED BLANKETS?
People from all walks of life are able to benefit from Weighted Blankets. From ADHD and PTSD, to people with ASD and sleep disorders, Weighted Blankets are able to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety and restlessness through Deep Touch Stimulation which releases feel-good endorphins into our brains.
Even if you do not suffer from any of the above, a weighted blanket can still add value to your life by giving you quality and deep sleep every night. Just like how we brush our teeth and shower twice daily, sleep hygiene should be viewed the same as oral and personal hygiene. It is about fixing a routine and sticking to it, to ensure that we maintain a high quality of life.
This is because insufficient sleep can amount to a multitude of negative physical and mental health effects. While sufficient rest can help lower risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. It has also been shown to keep energy levels and spirits up, which helps to combat anxiety and depression. Read some of our sleep tips here.
While weighted blanket host a range of benefits, there are some potential drawbacks as well. It would typically take a while for one to get fully accustomed to it, and that ranges from person to person. A weighted blanket may not be suitable for those with certain medical conditions, such as chronic respiratory / circulatory issues, asthma and claustrophobia. People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are also not recommended to use weighted blankets or may want to opt for a lighter weight, as the weighted of a heavy blanket may restrict airflow. Always seek medical advice first when in doubt. Due to its weight and bulkiness, it may be more difficult to wash and also harder to bring for travels.
HOW TO CHOOSE A WEIGHTED BLANKET SIZE AND WEIGHT
Choosing a weighted blanket can be tricky with the different weight and sizes available.
As a general rule of thumb, our recommendation is to select a blanket weight that’s roughly 10% of the intended user’s body weight for individual use, unless you strongly feel you want something heavier or lighter. Whereas, we recommend a blanket weight that’s roughly 7% of the combined weight for couples who would like to share the use of a single Weighted Blanket. And if you’re in between sizes, we recommend selecting the lower of the weight options.
The general rule of thumb can still be applied, but it is important to ensure that just the right amount of pressure is applied by the blanket onto your children. This is because they are still growing, hence their needs will shift over time. The Weighted Blanket should not be too heavy and the young user must be able to pull the blanket over and off himself on his own.
Sizing should be a consideration as well, as if the Weighted Blanket is too big, there will be less surface area in contact with the child. Hence, for larger blankets, you can consider adding approximately 1kg on top of the 10% guideline.
However, if unsure, please consult your child’s general practitioner or occupational therapist for further recommendations.
They say “sharing is caring” and if you were wondering if you are able to share the benefits of a Weighted Blanket with your partner, the answer is yes, but there are some considerations to make before investing in one.
Firstly, the weight of each individual should not differ too much. Too much of a difference may lead to unequal weight distribution which results in limited effectiveness. A solution to this would be for both of you to get separate blankets. However, if the couple is similar in weight, not only can a Weighted Blanket provide the both of you with better sleep, but also savings in cash and time in making the bed in the morning.
Secondly, sleeping styles. Do one of you prefer to be warm and snuggled up at night where the other prefers the cooling breeze from the air conditioner? If so, sharing might not be suitable and an individual one would suffice. On the other hand, if your sleeping styles match, a shared Weighted Blanket might just be the thing for you.
However if you and your partner have decided to purchase a shared Weighted Blanket the next thing to consider would be the weight. The general rule of thumb may not be the most suitable measurement for a couple. Instead, select a blanket weight that is roughly 7% of your combined weight.
Additionally, it would be recommended for a couple sharing a Weighted Blanket to get one that makes sense for your bed size. Whether it is a queen or king sized bed, you would want a blanket that can cover you and your partner, but without it being too oversized as that would result in less effective weight distribution as well.
Moreover, it is also not recommended to use a Weighted Blanket if you have children or pets that like to sneak into your bed for snuggles. This is because the weight of heavier blankets may be too much for their small stature.
Lastly, it is important to take into account the lifestyle of you and your partner. If you lead a busy life that doesn’t leave you much time for laundry or tidying up, it may be advisable to purchase a Weighted Blanket that is easy to clean.
Lucky for you, Weave’s Weighted Blanket is machine washable, using a gentle wash and spin cycle. But remember to check if your washing machine is able to handle the load. Hence, our easy-to-wash blanket might be the best Weighted Blanket to suit your lifestyle.
At the end of the day, before making such an investment, it is important for you and your partner to weigh the pros and cons of a shared Weighted Blanket and ask yourselves “would we benefit from a shared Weighted Blanket?”. And if the answer is yes, a Weighted Blanket for couples can be of significant help for your sleep quality and overall mental well-being.
DISCOVER WEAVVE’S WEIGHTED BLANKET
Looking for the Weighted Blanket online in Singapore? Look no further, here are some reasons why you should choose Weavve’s Weighted Blanket.
When constructing our weighted blanket, we made sure to consider all aspects from filling, to covering and design, to give you the optimal comfort and best sleep experience.
1. Lead-free Glass Micro Beads
The evenly distributed glass micro beads are the star of our Weighted Blanket. Non-toxic and rounded to create a smooth, uniform fill. Because of their itty-bitty size, they are gentle enough for people with physical sensitivities.
2. Quilted 233 TC Cotton Percale Shell
15 cm by 15 cm baffle box construction for more even weight distribution. Precise, fine stitching ensures the glass beads remain uniformly distributed, providing comfort, no matter how you use your weighted blanket.
3. Hypoallergenic Poly-fill
Hypoallergenic fill provides relief for those with allergies. Provides ample warmth and adequate breathability whilst satisfying fluffiness. The ideal fluffiness-breathability-warmth ratio for a cozy sleep in our warm Singapore climate.
4. Certified Free From Harmful Chemicals
Weavve's weighted blanket is available in 4 sizes and 5 weights:
- Single Size in 3kg / 5kg
- Super Single Size in 5kg / 7kg
- Queen Size in 7kg/ 9 kg
- King Size in 9kg/ 11kg
Shop our weighted blanket collection here.
A common misconception about our weighted blankets is that it is hot. While the blankets are heavier than regular quilts, this does not mean the blankets are too hot. In fact, you can enjoy a weighted blanket even when sleeping in a non air-conditioned room and still be comfortable.
Don’t take our word for it, here’s what some of our customers have to say about their experience using our Weighted Blanket. Read our full reviews here.
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What Our Customers Say
New forever favourite. Didn't think it would have almost all the effects that other reviews have mentioned. But this IS the real deal. Couldn't be happier that I took the leap and purchased this.
Posted on 05/14/2021
Love the Weighted Blanket! I have since bought another - i bought the first one for my son and as he accused me of using it more than he did so I bought myself one as well! It is absolutely great.
Posted on 05/10/2021
Weighted Blanket- Super Single / 7kg
Helps us sleep more restfully. I find myself falling asleep faster and more deeply when using the blanket. The blanket is not very warm and is similar to other duvets. It's most comfortable on a cool night or with the aircon.
Posted on 13/10/2020
10/10 would recommend. It's comfortable, gives you a sense of calm when you are under it. My wife is having much better sleep now! Very importantly it's not too hot -quite breathable and suitable for Singapore weather.
Posted on 12/23/2019
1. Weighted Blanket + Duvet Cover Set
To ensure that your Weighted Blanket’s lifespan is maximised, we recommend using it with a washable cover. Weavve offers Weighted Blanket + Cotton Duvet Cover set and Weighted Blanket + Lyocell Duvet Cover set in an array of colours. Having a removable cover will help you to easily protect your Weighted Blanket effortlessly in luxurious style. Click here to shop our collection online.
2. Weighted Blanket + Duvet Cover + Pillowcase Pair Set
For greater savings, we also offer a Weighted Blanket + Cotton Duvet Cover with 2 Pillowcases set and Weighted Blanket + Lyocell Duvet Cover with 2 Pillowcases set. And besides, functionality aside, styling your bedroom will become less of a hassle.
Also discover our other bedding to complete your bed.
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They even come in sets of 2, with 2 additional pillowcases, for you and your loved one to enjoy. Packed with ultra-soft fillings and anti-allergenic material, our pillows are sure to make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud of bliss.
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4. Duvet/ Quilt
If you are looking for something more lightweight or thinner, consider Weavve's 100% TENCEL™ duvet / quilt. Our specially designed duvet is made with 100% TENCEL™ fibres in both it's outer fabric and inner filling, making it the first full TENCEL duvet in Singapore. Pure TENCEL™ goodness without any blends. It's the best duvet quilt Singapore for cool and cozy sleep. Shop duvet here.
TIPS ON HOW TO USE A WEIGHTED BLANKET
To ensure you are getting the best results from your Weighted Blanket, you will need to choose the correct size and weight, and use it correctly. Whether this Weighted Blanket is for your child, your partner or yourself, It’s important to ease into the use of your Weighted Blanket.
For the first few nights, sleep with your Weighted Blanket only across your legs.
Next, cover half your body with the blanket for the next couple of days
When you feel comfortable with that, you are ready to experience all the benefits of a complete Weighted Blanket use.
Apart from easing into using your Weighted Blanket, here are 5 tips and tricks to maximising its utility.
1. Upon reaching the final step of easing in, ensure that your entire body is covered for full relaxation and optimal experience - from your shoulders, down to your feet.
2. Not only can your Weighted Blanket be used overnight to help you achieve deep, restful sleep, but also laid across your legs in the day to keep you company and relaxed while you WFH.
3. A Weighted Blanket can be an addition to your current beddings such as duvets, comforters or throw blankets to elevate your sleep quality. It can either be placed above or below your bedding, up to your personal preference. However, if you prefer to spend less time making the bed in the morning, your Weighted Blanket can also act as a replacement as well.
4. In order to achieve the long-term benefits of the Weighted Blanket, it is important to use it regularly over time. Once it has become part of your sleep hygiene, you will start noticing consistent quality sleep and an overall improvement in mood.
5. Consider tracking your daytime energy levels and mood in order to track improvements in your sleep patterns. This can help yourself to understand what works and what does not for you, and adjust to what suits your needs best.
HOW TO WASH A WEIGHTED BLANKET?
Since most weighted blankets are used on a regular basis, if not every night, it is inevitable that it will need to be cleaned periodically. Because weighted blankets are designed differently as compared to typical blankets and duvet inserts, they require different care. To preserve the quality of the fabric and extend the life of your weighted blanket, utmost care should be taken when laundering them. You may also want to try airing your weighted blanket out on a sunny day in between washes.
How Often To Wash
Generally, weighted blankets that are used with a duvet cover should be washed about four times a year. If it is used directly on the body, it will need to be washed more frequently. Hand washing your weighted blanket will help extend the life of the fabric as well as the filler. When in doubt as to whether a blanket is too large for a home washing, head to the laundromat.
How to Wash
First and foremost, when washing a weighted blanket always use cold water. It is best to hand wash using a gentle laundry detergent free of bleach or fabric softener. For weighted blankets that weigh 9kg and lesser, you can machine wash (on its own) using a gentle wash and spin cycle. For weighted blankets that weigh 11kg, please check if your washing machine is able to handle the load.
How To Dry
Taking proper precautions when drying the weighted blanket will keep it in good, useable condition for longer. For best results, line (hang) dry it naturally. When line drying, be sure that it hangs evenly so that the weight is proportionately distributed and it does not lose its shape. Consider draping the damp weighted blanket over a drying rack or chair.
What To Avoid
Avoid soaking your weighted blanket in water over time. Avoid using detergent that contain bleach or fabric softener. As fabric softeners can build up in the material of the weighted blanket, causing it to feel scratchy or stiff. Avoid using a dryer as high temperatures may damage the glass beads. Lastly, avoid ironing your weighted blanket.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Weighted Blanket
Is the Weighted Blanket hot? Can I use it if I sleep with a fan?
You may wonder how the heavy blankets work in tropical climates, like sunny Singapore. After all, you won’t want to wake up in a sweat!
This is a common misconception about a weighted blanket. While the blankets are heavier than regular quilts, this does not mean the blankets are too hot.
In fact, you can enjoy a weighted blanket even when sleeping in a non air-conditioned room and still be comfortable.
Are Weighted Blankets safe for my child?
Our weighted blankets are not recommended for children under the age of 5 years old. Keeping this in mind, be sure to use a safe weight as well.
Can I use a Weighted Blanket if I’m pregnant?
The short answer to this question is, yes. Ultimately it is up to personal needs and preferences, but a Weighted Blanket may be beneficial to some pregnant ladies. Albeit pregnancy being one of life’s beautiful miracles, it can come with a whole lot of discomfort. From back pains to mood swings and hot flashes, carrying a child for 9 months can undoubtedly be uncomfortable for the mother at times.
Sleep for a pregnant woman is more crucial than ever, as she is now sleeping for two! Using a Weighted Blanket during pregnancy may help you relax your nervous system and produce ‘feel-good’ hormones such as Serotonin and Dopamine. Serotonin also then converts into melatonin, also known as the sleep hormone.
Using a Weighted Blanket as opposed to sleeping pills or herbal remedies means that you do not have to deal with any unwanted drowsiness or adverse side effects for you and your baby.
However, it is important to note that this is not a one-size-fits-all remedy to the side effects that comes with pregnancy. Always consult your obstetrician-gynecologist before using a Weighted Blanket whilst pregnant.
Gravity Blanket vs Weighted Blanket
Gravity blankets, weighted blankets, heavy blankets or trauma blankets are all variations of the same type of blanket - ones that are filled with weight and serve medical purposes. Click here to learn more about Weavve’s Weighted Blanket.