During the pandemic, many people have struggled with their sleep, whether it’s because of altered sleep patterns or because they’ve had Covid for a long time.
And to help them relax better at night, people have scoured the internet everywhere to find a way to fall asleep faster and make sure they aren’t tossing and turning at 3am.
One item that’s popular with those unable to close that much-needed eye is Aldi’s weighted blanket – and it’s cheap compared to others on the market.
But what is a weighted blanket and how does it help?
As the name suggests, a weighted blanket is a heavy blanket.
These should be 10% of your body weight and are such that the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation.
According to Healthline, it uses pressure to relax the nervous system, which can cause:
- Relieve pain perception
- Reduce anxiety symptoms
- improve sleep quality
- Relief of depression symptoms
Research has found that weighted blankets can alleviate physical and emotional symptoms, leading to less stress, which means you can relax more.
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For example, people with sleep issues like insomnia or those with chronic pain may find a weighted blanket more beneficial.
According to Healthline, a 2021 study conducted by researchers at UC San Diego, “Found that weighted blankets reduced perceptions of chronic pain. Ninety-four participants with chronic pain used either a light or weighted blanket for one week.
“Those in the weighted blanket group found relief, especially if they were also living with anxiety. The weighted blankets did not reduce pain intensity, although the use of weighted blankets may be beneficial in calming these symptoms, such as increased heart rate.
“In addition to the existing research, there are a number of recent promising studies that provide even more evidence that weighted blankets may provide relief from physical pain or symptoms of other medical conditions.”
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- insomnia and sleep disorders
- chronic pain
Despite the weighted blanket’s benefits, Healthline has said it may not be suitable for people with obstructive sleep apnea, asthma and claustrophobia.
It should also never be used on infants under the age of two.
(Image: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook Group)
Heading to the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group obsessed with the blanket, one said: “Really good price – got one from John Lewis as a Christmas pressie and can’t recommend it highly enough. Make sure you aim for about 10% of your body weight. I *think* that’s around 6kg, but honestly you can’t go wrong. My husband loves it as I don’t move at night and steal the blanket!!!”
Another commented: “I have fibromyalgia feel good this is cheap even though I paid £89 for mine.”
A third added: “It’s very cheap, I paid around £190 for my daughters as ideally they should be tailored to the person’s height and weight so that’s a very, very good price.”
How to choose the right weighted blanket
- According to Healthline, a weighted blanket should typically be 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — the blanket should also be snugly fitted to the bed’s size
- Adults can use medium weighted blankets from 12 to 30 pounds.
- For a 20 to 70 pound child, a small weighted blanket should weigh between 3 and 8 pounds.
- For a 30 to 130 pound child, a medium weight blanket should weigh between 5 and 15 pounds
- Older adults may want to use small or medium-weight blankets that weigh 5 to 8 pounds
Aldi’s weighted blankets come in a variety of designs, from plain gray to Harry Potter, Minecraft and LOL themes.