Buying a weighted blanket can make a difference to your health and well-being. You must know what to look for and be aware of the benefits and limitations of the product. Many blankets are marketed as “body warmers”, – but why do they need to be wrapped in cotton? Aren’t cotton blankets naturally warm? A sound blanket buying guide can inform you of the answers.
First, a good blanket buying guide will inform you that the best time to use a weighted blanket is after you’ve had a good night’s sleep. It will help you avoid getting up in the middle of the night to remove or “tuck in” the extra weight. This extra weight can be a direct cause of stress, tension, anxiety and other negative feelings.
A good night’s sleep can also promote healing and restoration. Think of it like going back to exercise and physical therapy – after a good night’s rest, your body and mind are better able to function. That is a great incentive! In addition, stress, anxiety and even physical pain can be healed by using a weighted all-around blanket. If you have a hard time falling asleep, try putting one of these blankets on before you go to bed – they will help you drift off to sleep easier than if you were lying in bed without one on.
As far as the blankets themselves, check out the materials used in their making. Wool is a natural remedy and is very durable. You’ll find a range of prices depending on the quality of the wool and the thickness. Be sure to find a weight that feels right for you: a thick, plush blanket is perfect for anyone with excessive anxiety. A thinner, more pliable covering could be ideal for someone who doesn’t suffer from chronic stress.
The materials will also tell you if the blanket is a good fit for your head or neck. Many natural remedy blankets include a built-in chin strap to keep your head and neck in a comfortable position while you sleep. The most common problems people experience when using deep touch are sagging shoulders or a “floating” neck. A quality deep touch product should include a chin strap that is adjustable to fit most heads, and the straps should be padded for added support and comfort.
Finally, you’ll want to check the durability and cleaning properties of the weighted blanket you buy. A high-quality product should be made from materials used by professional athletes and professionals in the medical and nursing fields. The materials used for these products are highly absorbent and highly resistant to stains and bacteria. Washing a washable blanket in a standard washing machine is fine; you need to use a gentle cycle with a mild amount of liquid detergent. In keeping poly plastic pellets from wearing down during wash and wear, it is recommended that you only wash the blanket in a machine with a small cycle.