It’s a growing trend amongst those looking to combat insomnia; a doona-style blanket filled with beads that places gentle pressure on you as you sleep, giving the sensation of a hug that’s calming and promotes sleep.
Weighted gravity blankets have been around for quite a while, with some claiming they calm sufferers of ADHD and Asperger’s. Word of mouth, and the help of sites like Pinterest and Facebook, has seen this ingenious piece of bedding starting to make its way in to the family home and the popularity of weighted blankets is rapidly rising across the Australia. The beads create a gentle embrace that evenly distributes 10% of your body weight and gives the feeling of being hugged and has a calming effect that can promote sleep in both adults and children.
Royal Comfort Snug Embrace Weighted Gravity Blanket from Kogan is one of the most popular on the market and features square pockets filled with small silicone beads that help distribute the weight in the blanket evenly and it comes in a full range of bed-sizes. The blanket comes in an attractive faux mink covering and features 100% cotton inner lining.
Make it last
Caring for your blanket is essential to get the longest life out of it and for larger blankets (over 10kgs) it’s best to have them commercially washed rather than subjecting your home washing machine to the weight. Smaller blankets can be washed at home and because the internal beads are moisture resistant drying is surprisingly easy. Whilst you can use the low setting on your dryer it’s best to find a flat clean space to let the blanket air-dry. Because of the weight hanging is not really an option for most washing lines. Covering the blanket in a sturdy doona cover is a good way to avoid staining and reduce the need for washing.