7 Benefits of Weighted Blankets, Explained by Sleep Specialists

By Kara Cuzzone , | Apr. 29, 2020

In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, participants with insomnia slept more calmly and spent less time awake in the middle of the night than when they used their regular bedding. They also subjectively believed that the blankets provided them with a better quality sleep. But it’s important to remember that this won’t necessarily be the outcome for everyone who suffers from insomnia, especially since this sleep disorder has a number of different classifications. “Given the mixed evidence, I encourage patients to try [a weighted blanket], but with the realization that it may not work,” says Dr. Alex Dimitriu M.D., double board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

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