Updated: Jun 28
Insomnia, anxiety, stress.. are some of the things I suffer from at times. I had tried almost everything! Sleeping pills, herbal tea, pillow spray, lavender oil, meditation, exercise... nothing seemed to work longer than a couple of nights.
I was over the moon when Kalm Koala sent me one of their blankets to try out! Let's talk about what Weighted Blankets are.
What is a Weighted Blanket?
The weighted blanket uses the principles of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) or Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) to improve relaxation. These blankets come in different sizes and weights, and can be used by children and adults.
At first, the concept of a blanket was used to support children and adults suffering from anxiety and other mental health struggles. Now, many people are picking up on the soothing benefits of a weighted blanket and the concept has gone mainstream.
What can a weighted blanket be used for?
Alleviates Restless Leg Syndrome
Helps ADHD Patients With Focus
Recreates a hug
Helps with anxiety
Before i was using a weighted blanket, i would lay in bed until 3 or 4am just staring at the ceiling because i just couldn't fall asleep and would wake up around 10am. My sleep pattern was all over the place and as I didn't get enough sleep, some days i would feel so moody.
The weighted blanket I got was 6.8kg and in size 60*80 to fit the king size bed (the lightest from their range) I know some of you may think 'how can you sleep with such a weight?" The weight of the blanket is evenly distributed and it doesn't feel like a weight, it feels secure and it feels like a giant hug which is comforting.
As you can see in my photos, the actual weighted blanket is quite thin, it has two sides, a cool and warm side so it is perfect to use in both winter and summer. It is also beautifully designed and the grey would suit any home decor style! The cover can come off easily to machine wash simply by untying the strings (the strings holds the weighted blanket in place)
The weight of the blanket is made from non toxic glass beads which mean you won’t feel them. Micro glass beads are considered one of the higher end weighted blanket fillers and are environmentally friendly too! Since fewer glass beads are required to make a weighted blanket, it means it’s thinner and less bulky!
A good weighted blanket will have several square pockets filled with weights and stitched together. The pocketed design helps to evenly distribute the weight all over the body and prevents the fillers from going to one side! (See below)
Here are some frequently asked questions from when I posted about this blanket on my instagram stories
Is the blanket hot?
No, the blanket did not cause me to be more hot than i already had been, I always kept the 'cool' side on me because I liked the silky feeling.
Is the blanket heavy?
It's not so heavy that you would not be able to move freely but it is heavier than your normal duvet.
How do I know if the blanket is for me?
Do your research, I read alot of blogs and reviews and many of them said that they used weighted blankets to help their insomnia. Click this link here to see what other benefits a weighted blanket has.
Was it expensive?
Weighted Blankets average between £80 - £150 - I guess it is more expensive than a duvet but if you feel it will improve your quality of life, it is a small investment.
How do you choose what weight?
I used the guideline on Kalm Koala's website here.
Did it work?
It definitely did work for me and it’s helped me fall asleep quicker and also relaxes me! Everyone is different though and I didn’t rely solely on the blanket to give me insomnia relief. I stuck to a bed time routine which helped too. I‘m quite used to the weight now and when I use a “normal” duvet, I can definitely see a difference!
Thank you Kalm Koala for giving me the gift of sleep. I am so grateful to have been able to use your amazing product and write this blog to share my experience with others.
These blankets are currently on sale and you can use code NEW20 for an additional £20 off your order!
I was lucky enough to have been gifted this item and the views expressed in this blog are my own.