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Are Weighted Blankets Safe?

Yes, weighted blankets are considered safe for healthy adults. However, we advise certain individuals to take additional precautions when using a weighted blanket to minimize potential safety risks.

Sometimes, we just need a good hug to feel better. When loved ones aren’t around to give us a gentle squeeze, the calming pressure of a weighted blanket is arguably the next best thing. This natural sleep-booster mimics the feel of a hug, causing a surge of feel-good hormones that relax the body and mind. 

With such powerful benefits, it’s no wonder why weighted blankets have become such a popular sleep accessory. But you may be wondering, “Are weighted blankets safe?” This is a valid question, and one that we’re happy to answer here at Gravity Blankets.

How Heavy Are Weighted Blankets?

Weighted blankets for adults typically weigh anywhere from five to 30 lbs. and often contain fillers (plastic pellets, glass beads, steel-shot beads, etc.) to make them heavy. Their heft is designed to mimic a therapeutic technique called deep touch pressure stimulation, which is believed to put the body into “rest mode” through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.

Ideally, you want a weighted blanket that is roughly 10 percent of your body weight. For example, a 15-pound weighted blanket would be perfect for a person weighing 150 pounds.

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Are Weighted Blankets Safe for Adults?

The quick answer is yes, weighted blankets are safe for healthy adults — at least, they are if you get the correct size based on your body weight. Using a weighted blanket that is too heavy could make you feel restrained and possibly contribute to anxiety and sleep issues.

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In our experience, most people choose to return their weighted blanket because it was too heavy for them (as opposed to being too light). So if you’re in between weighted blanket sizes, we recommend choosing the lighter-weight option.

Have a Medical Condition? Consult Your Doctor First

With the correct size, weighted blankets shouldn’t pose a risk to healthy adults. But if you have one of more of the following conditions, it may be worth checking in with your doctor before you try a weighted blanket:

  • Diabetes
  • Circulation or blood pressure problems
  • Asthma, sleep apnea and other lung disorders
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Temperature regulation issues
  • Menopause
  • Fragile Skin

Are Weighted Blankets Safe for the Elderly?

Older adults often struggle to get a good night’s sleep for various reasons, including anxiety, sleep disorders and a natural decrease in slow wave sleep. Luckily, weighted blankets are a safe and effective way to lower stress and improve sleep in seniors. 

Please note, however, that frail elders may struggle under the heaviness of a weighted blanket. If you are concerned about their ability to remove the blanket on their own, supervision while using the weighted blanket is strongly recommended.

Are Weighted Blankets Safe for Babies?

The use of a weighted blanket is not recommended for infants and toddlers, as they can get trapped underneath the blanket. Damaged weighted blankets can also leak tiny pellets or glass beads, presenting a choking hazard to small children.

To protect against these hazards, please inspect your weighted blanket for damage on a regular basis (i.e., after every wash) and store your weighted blanket well out of reach of small children. 

Are Weighted Blankets Safe for Children? 

Yes, weighted blankets are safe for most children. Like adults, children should use a weighted blanket that is roughly 10 percent of their bodyweight, plus one or two pounds. For example, if your child is 40 pounds, they should use a 4- to 6-pound blanket.

Choosing a weighted blanket from a reputable company may also provide parents with more peace of mind. Look for products that go through many rounds of product testing to ensure their safety and quality.

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To sum things up, weighted blankets are safe and effective for healthy adults and children over a certain age and body weight. Ready to try one out? Add our best-selling Gravity Weighted Blanket to your nightly routine and get ready to revolutionize your sleep. 

For more information on how to choose a weighted blanket, check out our blog.  

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