Are you having difficulties falling asleep? Are you tossing and turning all night? Is it hard to stay asleep, or are you waking up still exhausted? Maybe you have insomnia, or maybe you’re just experiencing sleep problems; either way, you could use some relief.
You could get a prescription for sleep medication. It may be the best course of action, and medication helps many Americans get a better night’s sleep. But medication can come with its own set of challenges, like side effects, dosage adjusting, and having enough time for the medication to run its course.
Maybe it’s time to try a natural remedy.
Weighted blankets have been known to help insomnia and sleep difficulties. The deep touch pressure of a weighted blanket can provide beneficial, calming effects and can help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
But does it work?
In 2015, a Swedish study posted in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders ran a study on the Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia. This study used both quantitative and qualitative assessments with 25 participants who had insomnia, and the results were that weighted blankets were beneficial. Referring to the chart from the experiment, these researchers said:
“The subjective assessment of using the weighted blanket showed that overall, the participants liked sleeping with the blanket, found easier to settle down to sleep and reported a much better quality of sleep, feeling more refreshed in the morning.”
Both objectively and subjectively, weighted blankets were helpful for those with insomnia, and they could also be useful for those with more mild sleep difficulties. We say that they’re worth a try, especially because “No adverse effects of using the weighted blanket were found.” And for those concerned about the summer heat, these researchers found that “. . . the weighted blanket did not affect their temperature in bed.” The researchers continued, saying:
“A crucial point is that the weight should not be too light or heavy, and the weight must be evenly distributed throughout the fabric to provide constant tactile stimulation distributed across the body.”
We couldn’t agree more. We design our Couch Blankets to provide the best, most even distribution of weight so that you can fall asleep and stay asleep via your body’s natural response to deep touch pressure. At CapeAble, we tell nighttime tossing and turning to roll over; it’s time for a long summer snooze.