If you’re one of the 2 million people in the UK suffering from Fibromyalgia, you don’t need us to tell you how horrible it is.
It’s estimated that 3-6 percent¹ of the world’s population experiences chronic pain caused by the condition, but many people don’t even know they have it.
We at Sleepbo are dedicated to finding accessible solutions for people who suffer from chronic conditions. In our research, very few tools have proved to be as useful in combatting Fibromyalgia symptoms as the weighted blanket.
We gathered testimonials, real scientific evidence, and advice for exactly how and why a weighted blanket can make Fibro symptoms more manageable.
Keep reading to find out if a weighted blanket is the right tool for you.
Since scientific studies take a lot of time and effort to conduct and produce, the hard evidence regarding the amazing benefits of weighted blankets is just beginning to pile up.
Essentially, weighted blankets employ a well-established therapeutic technique called Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT).
DPT works by applying pressure to the body to calm the nervous system. When done correctly, this can trigger the body to switch from a sympathetic (fight or flight) to a parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system state.³This can lead to a great many health benefits that improve the quality of life for sufferers of chronic pain.
Weighted blankets are one of the most effective and accessible ways to try DPT.³ But with so many on the market, how can you know which brand is the best option for you?
Studies have tested that blankets up to 13kg can be considered safe and effective for adults.⁸
For the safety of both children and adults, we recommend a minimum weight of 4kgs to see therapeutic benefits, with anything above 10kg being too heavy to be certain of its safety.
If you’re unsure, we recommend trying a blanket that is 5kgs.
Always choose blankets that use BPA-free, anti-rustle glass beads instead of plastic pellets in their blankets.
Both kuddly blankets use glass beads, and are crafted with either HydroCool technology or MicroCool fleece to prevent overheating.
Our staff members have personally reviewed many of kuddly’s products and have been consistently impressed with their craftsmanship, quality, and customer service.
Here’s a brief overview of what makes their company so special:
Our team loves kuddly. You won’t go wrong choosing a blanket from them.
Gravity is a European company based out of Poland. They have gained success because of their high-quality blankets that come in multiple sizes, weights, and colours.
Please note that Gravity is not a UK-based company so even though their shipping states that it is free, UK shoppers will still have to pay VATs and import fees. Some shoppers even report being charged as much as half of the quoted price by FedEx after the delivery. ¹⁰
Mela Comfort is a great brand offering its blanket in a variety of sizes and weights. Similar to kalmkoala, their cover is two-sided for all-season use, but unlike the Koala Blanket, the Mela Blanket is made with cotton instead of renewable bamboo.