The weighted blanket is the #1 household product in the USA to help relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep, and I knew I needed one.
After some research into what weighted blankets were available in the UK, I bought a Koala Blanket. It was the best decision I have ever made.
This article is about my experience with the Koala Blanket, and the results of my research on the weighted blankets available in the UK. I hope you find it useful!
My first reservation was the price and quality of the products on the market in the UK and I thoroughly researched the brands available. I found 8 weighted blankets being sold in the UK, and only 2 were located in the United Kingdom: Kalm Koala, and kudd.ly™.
After 3 days of research, I decided to purchase the Koala Blanket.
Kalm Koala are located in the UK and look to be on the cutting edge of design.
I chose the Koala Blanket based on the following:
I ordered my Koala Blanket on a Tuesday, and to my surprise it arrived on the Thursday via Hermes delivery service.
The first thing I noticed was wow the box was heavy!
Excited for my first evening with my Koala Blanket, my partner and I had our tea and went to the sofa to watch Love Island (yes it is my guilty pleasure) and to try my new 7kg weighted blanket!
Enjoying Koala Blanket on the Sofa
Getting under the blanket was definitely an experience I wasn’t used to! Unlike a normal blanket, it was heavy (it weighs 7kg) so it took a bit of adjusting to get set up and ready to watch all the drama unfold on Love Island!
Once I had overcome the new feeling, I clearly remember thinking about how comfortable I was during the first advert break.
It really was like being hugged. I felt this sense of calmness that I wasn’t used to experiencing. I felt as if I was sinking into the sofa…in a calm and relaxing way.
My Weighted Blanket Experience in Bed
After that first night I started to notice a difference.
My hubby compared it to sleeping in a bed that is not yours, usually the first night can be the most difficult and after you become used to it, it slowly improves.
Starting the 2nd night I awoke in the morning feeling less groggy!
When I slipped under the blanket the 2nd night, I felt like I was wrapped in a cocoon, as if the blanket were hugging me. (That feeling of being hugged is what medical doctors say is likely responsible for the calming effects.)
Although it was possible for me to shift onto my side, the blanket was definitely more snug than my regular duvet, and I felt like it encouraged my body to stay still.
Normally, I’m pretty restless in bed, and the act of moving around makes my mind wander. But, because I couldn’t physically move as much, I noticed that my thoughts weren’t racing as much either.
I was able to just focus on the present, and that made it easier to fall asleep. I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night, which is very rare for me and after 7 hours of solid sleep I knew this blanket was money well spent.
My Deep Sleep Has Vastly Improved
I feel it is important here to show my fitbit results. You can clearly see my “Deep Sleep” has moved up drastically since using the Koala Blanket.
The chart really shows my improvement in sleep. I wear my Fitbit everywhere I go, even to bed.
I really struggled with sleep over the past 6 months but you can see from this chart the sharp increase in my deep sleep almost as soon as I started sleeping with my Koala Blanket. The past week has been even higher, I am averaging over 2h 27min over the past 7 days, this is almost double what I was getting in May and April of this year!
My Mood Before vs After Using the Weighted Blanket for Two Weeks
- Awoke tired & groggy
- Struggled at work to have energy
- Often anxious in the evenings
- Racing thoughts while trying to fall asleep
- Awoke with energy
- Able to focus on tasks better
- Feel more calm throughout the day
- More relaxed in general
I have even had a comment from a co-worker that my eyes don’t look as tired in the mornings!
My Weighted Blanket Research Findings:
Here are the 3 top blankets I found for sale in the UK
**(Important: For Koala there is a £30 discount voucher (SPRING30) to enter after the cart page (On mobile it can be difficult to find. Click “order summary” after the cart page to find the voucher code field). We don’t know how long this code will be active but as of today it is still working.)**
Weighted Blankets in the News
Weighted Blanket Benefits
Weighted blankets help people sleep better in the following ways:
- Reduces cortisol levels: Grounding reduces the production of cortisol, a steroid hormone triggered by stressful situations. While cortisol is not necessarily bad, nighttime cortisol production can counteract the production of melatonin, which can in turn have a negative effect on sleep quality.
- Helps produce more melatonin: Natural light triggers melatonin, causing us to feel more tired at night and more wakeful the next morning. People with insomnia tend to produce less melatonin, leading to problems with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance. As a result, those who use weighted blankets for insomnia and other disorders linked to low melatonin production often experience notable sleep improvements.
- Triggers happiness hormones: Grounding triggers the release of serotonin, and other ‘happiness hormones’ that calm the nervous system and make people feel more relaxed.
- Reduces sleepwalking episodes: Interrupted or inefficient sleep can cause sleepwalking in adults and children. Weighted blankets cause people to feel more relaxed before falling asleep, which often leads to deeper sleep and more restful nights. As a result, weighted blankets can be very helpful for sleepwalkers – particularly toddlers and young children.
Weighted Blankets Can Alleviate Stress and Anxiety for Many
Dentists often provide weighted blankets to patients in order to alleviate their stress before exams.
Physicians have also noted that adults and children with certain disorders and medical conditions may benefit from using a weighted blanket for anxiety. These include:
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): A weighted blanket for autism can be effective for several reasons, particularly among children with ASD. Individuals with ASD often have below-average serotonin and melatonin levels, which can lead to sleep difficulties. Additionally, children with ASD tend to experience anxiety, especially at night.
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Poor academic performance is a common issue among children with ADHD, and this problem may be compounded by lack of restful sleep. When used correctly, a weighted blanket for ADHD can not only improve the child’s sleep but also sharpen their focusing abilities in the classroom and boost their grades.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Like ASD, PTSD is a condition that can reduce serotonin production levels. By boosting these serotonin levels and alleviating stress – a common symptom of PTSD – weighted blankets can help people with PTSD improve their overall sleep quality.
Pros of Using a Weighted Blanket
- Boosts melatonin and ‘happiness hormone’ production
- Alleviates anxiety and stress
- Improves sleep quality for people with ASD, ADHD, PTSD, and other mental health conditions and disorders
- Wide weight selection available
Cons of Using a Weighted Blanket
- May not be suitable for travel (especially very heavy models)
- Children under eight should not use them without a prescription
- Blankets may cause stress for claustrophobic people
- Price-point often exceeds £100
Important Tips for Weighted Blanket Shoppers
When shopping for a weighted blanket and comparing different brands and models, here are a few factors to keep in mind:
- What is your weighted blanket budget? Keep in mind that most weighted blankets cost at least £100 when sold through companies. Private sellers on sites like Etsy may price their weighted blankets lower, but they do not come with warranties and the quality is usually lower.
- How much do you weigh? Use your body weight to calculate the most suitable weight for your blanket. Surveys have found that people generally feel most comfortable under a blanket that weighs 7% to 10% as much as they do, but testing out different models is considered the best way to find the right fit. Also keep weight loss/gain in mind, as the most suitable blanket may change if your own weight fluctuates.
- Do you have a medical or psychological condition that may lead to discomfort under a weighted blanket? Certain individuals may feel less comfortable under weighted blankets, such as people with claustrophobia, women who are going through menopause, and people with respiratory and/or circulatory issues.
- What is your preferred blanket size? Some sleepers like blankets with minimal coverage while others enjoy wrapping themselves in longer, wider blankets. Keep in mind that weighted blanket size is usually tied to weight; the less a blanket weighs, the narrower and shorter it will be. You may have to compromise your width and length preferences in order to find a blanket that weighs the right amount.
- Do you sleep warm? Many people sleep excessively hot or warm, either due to their own body temperature regulation or the composition of their mattress (foam and latex sleep hotter than springs). Weighted blankets with covers made of natural fibers like cotton and wool tend to sleep cooler than synthetic fabrics like polyester. For this reason, people who sleep warm are urged to pick a weighted blanket with a natural fiber cover.
- Does the blanket come with a cover? Be sure to scope out the product specs. In some cases, weighted blanket covers are sold separately from the blankets themselves.
- What is your colour preference? Cover colour choice is purely aesthetic, although some models are available in dozens of colours for people with different tastes and décor arrangements.
- Does the weighted blanket come with a trial or warranty? Companies that sell weighted blankets often offer trial periods, which allow purchasers to return the blanket for a refund within a certain timeframe, and/or product warranties that protect the blanket from defects. Weighted blankets sold through private merchants usually come with neither.