Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia

Follow the link below to find a very informative study on the positive effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia, published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders.


Insomnia is a common occurrence and can have a negative impact on physiological, psychological and social well-being. There is a need for simple, effective solutions to increase sleep quality. It has been suggested that weighted blankets and vests can provide a beneficial calming effect, especially in clinical disorders. Hence, we aimed to investigate the effects of a chain weighted blanket on insomnia, using objective and subjective measures. Objectively, we found that sleep bout time increased, as well as a decrease in movements of the participants, during weighted blanket use. Subjectively,
the participants liked sleeping with the blanket, found it easier to settle down to sleep and had an improved sleep, where they felt more refreshed in the morning. Overall, we found that when the participants used the weighted blanket, they had a calmer night’s sleep. A weighted blanket may aid in reducing insomnia through altered tactile inputs, thus may provide an innovative, non-pharmacological approach and complementary
tool to improve sleep quality.


This research was prepared by:

Ackerley R1,2, Badre G1,2* and Olausson H1,2,3
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
SDS Clinic, ESRS accredited Sleep Research Laboratory, Gothenburg, Sweden
Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Linköping, Sweden

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