Additional benefits include relief from the perception of pain, reducing symptoms of anxiety, and relieving symptoms of depression. It is also recommended for other conditions such as autism, ADHD, insomnia, and other sleep disorders as well as chronic pain.
Overall, a weighted blanket is something everyone can use. If you usually don't suffer from issues with your sleep but do feel like you want to improve your sleep quality, a weighted blanket could be your solution.
However, in these conditions you should not use a weighted blanket:
-Not for toddlers under the age of 2.
-Not for people with obstructive sleep apnea.
-Not for people who have asthma, which can cause trouble breathing in sleep.
-Not for people who suffer from claustrophobia, as the light pressure may be triggering.
How often should I wash my weighted blanket?
The general recommendation is 2-4 times a year, depending on how often you use it. Check the care label attached to your blanket to help you understand if you can machine wash it or if you have to wash it by hand. Most weighted blankets can be put on a gentle wash with a cool setting.
If your weighted blanket is under 20 pounds, it can be machine washed. Heavier ones should be washed at a laundromat or in a commercial washing machine that can handle the weight.
For at-home machine wash: pre-treat individual stains with a stain remover spray following its instructions, and start the cold gentle cycle. Use a mild detergent and no fabric softener. Don't bleach.
For washing by hand: make sure the bathtub is clean and fill it halfway with cold water. Add a cup of laundry detergent and mix well. Submerge your weighted blanket in the water. Scrub, empty the tub, and fill it up again with clean water to rinse the blanket. Repeat if necessary. Empty the tub, fold the blanket in half, roll it and squeeze to remove the water.
Drying: if the care label says your blanket can go in the dryer machine, go ahead and do that, paying attention to temperature. If using the dryer isn't possible, hang to dry on a sturdy surface, like the staircase banister or the shower curtain holder if it's sturdy enough. Turn the blanket over every hour so it can dry properly.
Do not iron.