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Can a Weighted Blanket Help Me Sleep?

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If you have trouble sleeping, you’ve probably had a friend or family member recommend a weighted
blanket. However, a good weighted blanket can be a big investment. What does the science say about
weighted blankets for sleep? Are they expensive placebos, or do they really work?

1. What the science says ?

Here’s a round-up of the current evidence on weighted blankets:

In 2020, a Swedish study found that for patients who had trouble sleeping due to depression,
anxiety, or ADHD, weighted blankets reduced insomnia and improved daytime mood and

In 2021, a very small study found that they did not improve sleep in children with autism, but the
authors thought there was a need for larger studies.

According to the Sleep Foundation, weighted blankets may be unsafe for people with asthma,
circulatory problems, type 2 diabetes, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

While intuition suggests that weighted blankets should work for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), their
effect hasn’t been studied.

 What the science says

2. What does that mean for you?

So, where does that leave you, and your sleep issues?

If you can’t sleep because of anxiety, you might benefit from a weighted blanket.

If you have ADHD, you might benefit from a weighted blanket.
If you are waking up gasping and choking for air, you may have OSA. Then you should not usea
weighted blanket

If you think you suffer from RLS, then a weighted blanket may help. However, RLS is often caused
by nutritional deficiencies, so see your doctor. Solving any underlying physical problems will help
more than a weighted blanket will.

What does that mean for you

3. What else can I do to get more sleep?

There are other natural ways to improve your sleep quality. For instance, you can eat a sleep-enhancing
diet or take steps to help you fall asleep faster. One of the best ways to ensure that you get great sleep is
to make sure your upper airways are clear. That means treating allergies, addressing tongue and palate
issues, and getting help for sleep apnea.

To learn more about healthy sleep, healthy airways, and what can go wrong, read Airway Is Life. The
work of sleep is important for your whole family’s health and safety, and it’s important to make sure
everyone is sleeping their best.