Do Weighted Blankets Help You Sleep Better?
Testing LEVIA Blankets
LEVIA Weighted / Therapeutic Blankets
If you have difficulties sleeping one of the ways you can help improve the situation according to some sleep experts, is by using a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets, or “therapeutic blankets” as they are also known, have been used for some time in medicine to help people with sleeping difficulties and now LEVIA have created a range of Weighted Blankets for the home. But do they actually work? And if so in what way?
Apparently this type of blanket was originally mainly used by people who had sleep disorders. However, there has now been a lot of research into the benefits of weighted blankets and they are now regularly used by anyone who wants to relax and take it easy, especially after a period of stress. The idea behind it is that the pressure from the blanket increases serotonin, a chemical that occurs naturally in your body and which makes you feel calm and happy. Deep-pressure therapy, which is what weighted blankets provide, can help people who have difficulty sleeping or simply suffer from sleep disturbances. A weighted blanked has been likened to the feeling of having a hug and can provide just enough physiological calm to enable the user to relax and fall asleep.
What Is A Weighted Blanket?
Well it consists of 2 parts – a heavy “blanket” or duvet like interior plus a washable cover. The weight of the blanket helps to relax you and improve your sleep. It also increase circulation, making for better sleep quality and a better feeling of well being when you wake up.
The blankets are available in different weights and you should choose one which is roughly about 10% of your body’s weight. When you sleep with the LEVIA blanket it gives you the feeling of being protected which is said to help your body to relax and to fall asleep quickly. It has also been found to promote a deeper sleep throughout the night, leaving you more refreshed and energised when you awake. We were offered the opportunity to put it to the test – so read on to find out what we thought!
Testing The LEVIA Blanket
I have been testing the LEVIA blanket for the past couple of months and these are my findings:
Better Sleep Quality with LEVIA Blankets
It does definitely help me get a better night’s sleep and feel more relaxed in the morning. I also fall asleep quicker with the LEVIA blanket. It is heavier though, and therefore makes me feel warmer – so personally I find it much better in late Autumn and Winter than in early Autumn when sometimes I found it slightly too warm. My daughter, however, also tried it out and she really loved it and didn’t experience any problems getting too warm at all.
Spend Time Choosing The Correct Size
The Importance of Choosing The Right Size and Weight of LEVIA Blanket
The correct size of blanket is important so make sure you spend time choosing the right one! If you share your bed with someone, instead of choosing a large blanket to cater for both of you as you might with a double duvet or a king size duvet, I would recommend choosing two individual LEVIA blankets which are each around 10% of your body’s weight. The blanket isn’t like a duvet and it shouldn’t hang off the side of your bed.
The LEVIA blanket is quite a lot heavier than a normal duvet and when you have the larger one it is more difficult to put in the cover and to move around. Unless you and your partner are around the same size there is also the danger that one of you will have the correct weight of blanket and the other will not. I would therefore recommend that it is much better to get 2 x individual LEVIA blankets – as that way you really can’t go wrong!
LEVIA Weighted Blankets – High Quality and Well Made
The LEVIA blanket is very well made and high quality. It feels comfortable and reassuring and is very pleasant to sleep under. Both the weighted blanket and the cover are washable – but due to the size of the blanket you may not fit it into your washing machine – though you might find the single one fits in, depending on the size of your washing machine!
LEVIA Blankets Are High Quality 100% Ecological Cotton
LEVIA Blankets and covers are made exclusively from high-quality fabrics made of 100% ecological cotton. The cotton is not just soft and pleasant on the skin but it allows your skin to breathe. This ensures that there isn’t a build up of heat and that moisture is better released from the body, so as not to disturb your sleep.
Some other manufacturers make weighted blankets from synthetic fibres, such as polyester, or velour. These materials may be soft and warming – but in contrast to pure natural fibres, they can lead to overheating in Summer which can be very uncomfortable.
Choice of Colours and Fabrics
There is a choice of seven colours available. I chose the off white colour and I really like it as it goes with everything and looks good. You can choose from either organic cotton or flannel.
LEVIA Blankets come in the following sizes:
140 x 200 – this is the size I would recommend. Then depending on your weight there are 3 sizes to choose from – 6kg, 8kg and 10kg.
155 x 200 – this is the larger size and it comes in 7kg, 9kg and 11kg
So in answer to the question, I would definitely say that the LEVIA weighted blanket helps you sleep a lot better and it also helps you get to sleep faster. It took me a good few days to get used to it, as the first few nights I kept waking up (but falling back to sleep very quickly again) as I wasn’t used to feeling the weight. However, now I really do like it. I also think it is something that would be really useful if you want to huddle round the fire in winter after a cold hike in the mountain you want to truly relax! So if you’re a poor sleeper, or simply want to find a way to sleep better, why not give a LEVIA weighted blanked a go?
Information on LEVIA Weighted Blankets
LEVIA Blankets have lots of detailed information available on their website. You can find out more by visiting the LEVIA website here.
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