Weighted Blankets for Sleep and Anxiety: Why You Probably Want To Try This

A bed cover to ease anxiety and help you feel better? A weighted blanket has been proven to be beneficial for sleepers.

Most of the talk about sleeping centers around what one sleeps on, not under. It turns out the two should be discussed in harmony. To fall asleep on and under the right conditions will make you a dreamy blanket sandwich. A weighted blanket will help with this.

Doctor Tested And Approved

The weight of the blanket acts as deep touch therapy. The bed cover is often filled with plastic poly pellets that are sewn into compartments, distributing the weight properly.

Through the deep pressure touch of a weighted blanket, receptors become stimulated similar to swaddling an infant. This helps the body to relax, feel more grounded and safe. Clinical studies suggest that when these pressure points are triggered, the brain releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is known as “the calming chemical.” It also has other useful benefits, such as maintaining memory. Some people buy supplements for serotonin, so the blanket is like a pill bottle, and you are the pill, at no additional cost.

An array of conditions can be helped by a weighted blanket such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, bipolar neurological problems, PTSD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, sleep disorders, autism, menopause and practically any type of anxiety.

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The alleviation of anxiety also helps with depression, trauma, paranoia, detoxification and so on. This covers a broad spectrum, which is why the weighted blanket trend is picking up steam.

Two studies, one published in Occupational Therapy (2008) showed that weighted blankets helped with anxiety. A study published in Australasian Psychiatry (2012) confirmed this.

In 2014, findings appeared in the journal Pediatrics63 children – ages 5 to 16 – slept with either a weighted blanket or a non-weighted, look-alike blanket for 12 to 16 weeks. After this first phase, the two groups switched blankets and used the other blanket for approximately two weeks. It showed that sleep did not improve significantly for either group. However, most of the children and parents reported preferring the weighted blanket.


The weight of the blanket for adults should be around 15 to 30 pounds. Seeking the guidance of a doctor or occupational therapist is a good idea. Those suffering from respiratory, circulatory and other conditions should not use a weighted blanket.

DIY (Do It Yourself)

Here is an excellent tutorial video. There are others, so search around!


In regards to sleep and sleep systems, no discussion would be complete without a mention of “grounding” or “earthing” the other natural way to improved sleep and anxiety. Let’s say you decide to use a weighted blanket, well it would make sense to do the weighted blanket on top and then the grounded bed or sheet on the bottom. Over a dozen peer-reviewed studies have been conducted on “grounding” or “earthing” over the last ten years. These studies indicate that over time, grounding normalizes cortisol, reduces inflammation, calms left brain activity, improves muscle soreness recovery, and helps protect the body from electromagnetic (EMF) pollution especially in the low Hertz range.

David Wolfe discusses the science behind grounding in the following videos.



Learn More About Earthing.



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  • LindaSue Pyne

    Does anybody know if weighted blankets help with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromalasa (sorry for spelling)?

    • Lisa Ann Walker

      I would be concerned that a weighted blanket would make both of these conditions worse

    • Kathy Warriorpooflinger

      Definitely ask your rheumatologist. There may be alternatives like a weighted vest that wraps just your torso.

  • Sara Lambrinos

    where can I buy a weighted blanket?

    • Jennifer R.

      Etsy is one source.

    • Suzanne Rice

      I just did a search on Amazon. They have some of different weights.

  • Gayle McGuire

    Where is the research to back this up?

    • meanoldwoman

      why don’t you try it , that would be one good way to research..it has always worked for me.

      • Allison Oakes

        No, the burden of proof belongs on the person making the claim in the first place.

      • crosswind

        obviously the people asking for research did “not” read the article, because it mentioned “Over a dozen peer-reviewed studies have been conducted on “grounding” or “earthing” over the last ten years” and specifically discusses at least three of them from 2008, 2012 and 2014. Go back & read it. That responsibility belongs to the reader.

    • crosswind

      Just try it. I knew this several yrs ago myself by trying it. I realized one sheet was harder to fall asleep. We live in the hot desert, so during summer we can’t have heavy blankets.

  • Ryan Bradley

    “the calming chemical”?? is this a fucking joke? jesus christ, maybe at least a first year bio course before trying to science in public

    • Laura Minton

      Must you be vulgar?

  • act_on_love

    this is why people let their cats sleep on the bed.

  • Gerry Long

    Oh and when the ambient air temp is above 20 degrees C What? Sweat all night? Oh I see…… turn on some air conditioning to waste money and breath icy air for a good nights sleep and improved health!

    • Amanda Gallant Dunnells

      Put a lighter blanket on the bed. I don’t think these are meant to be used every night like an ordinary comforter but when you are having an anxiety attack, or maybe just put it over your bedding before your spouse so they don’t have to have it also.

      • Suzanne Rice

        Gerry apparently can’t figure out that if the blanket makes him hot, kick it off. Even a baby can figure that out!

    • Janet Blankenship Susi

      It works! And my health is worth turning on the AC and “wasting money”

  • Kelsey Regiarc

    I know when I was a kid a heavy quilt blanket used to ease me right to sleep. And if I had a crappy day curling up under that thing always made me feel better. So maybe they haven’t provided reference but it’s not a shot in the dark thought….

    • Name

      and i loved it when my mother would tuck my sheets / blankets between the mattresses… fond memories of feeling secure and having peaceful sleep.

  • Bernadette McKenzie

    As a kid I slept in afar back bdrm where it was really cold. We had lots of thick heavy quilts. I have been searching for that kind of sleep for years. Unfortunately my boyfriend likes to sleep with a hot down comforter with the heat on. I’m sweating all night long.

  • Bonnie Richardson

    I know I just used a sleeping bag over me and I sleep better…it has the perfect extra weight I need without the extra cost

  • debrazgalaxy

    I couldn’t sleep under plastic beads– polyester blankets are bad enough due to trapped heat.

  • Rebecca Cheney Eckert

    Isn’t there a site to purchase them or did I miss that??