Why Students Are Using Weighted Blankets To Focus

The amount of anxiety and stress already weighing on the shoulders of students has doubled now that they have to learn in the midst of a pandemic.

For many parents, lack of focus and sleep deprivation in their children is a real concern. As such, many parents have looked to the weighted blanket to help their kids get better and more quality sleep.

Weighted blankets have been exceptional tools in helping relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and relax the mind for improved sleep and better focus.

Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Behaviour

“Sleep and lack thereof certainly plays into learning and memory. It plays into appetite and metabolism and weight gain. It plays into mood and emotion, which are already heightened at that age. It also plays into risk behaviours—taking risks while driving, taking risks with substances, taking risks with maybe sexual activity … we’re learning more about the core role that sleep plays.”

Stanford Medicine News Center

Studies have shown that sleep deprived students have more difficulty focusing and staying on task. Additionally, they may also have more impulsive or defiant behaviour. Essentially, sleep deprivation can affect  performance in two major ways:

  1. Trouble paying attention because of difficulty focusing. As a result, one can miss important verbal lessons due to inattention or may be unable to complete tasks due to debilitating fatigue.
  2. People form their memories best during sleep. As such, those who sleep well will remember the previous day’s lessons better than those who don’t.

A weighted blanket can help combat this. See our top 5 recommendations. 

We Need More Hours of Sleep than you may think


  • 5-10 year-olds need about 12 hours of sleep per night
  • 10-13 year-olds need about 10 hours of sleep per night
  • Teenagers need 9 hours of sleep per night

In addition to getting plenty of sleep, it’s important that students get enough quality sleep or the same effects of sleep deprivation can affect performance. A weighted blanket can help. 

Here’s Our List for the Top 5 Best Weighted Blankets for Students:

  1. Kudd.ly Weighted Blanket
  2. Koala Therapeutic Weighted Blanket
  3. Gravity Blanket
  4. YnM Weighted Blanket
  5. ZZZNEST Weighted Blanket 

1. Kudd.ly Blanket £117 (SleepBo’s  #1 Choice!)

Now on sale for £49!

We can’t get enough of this blanket!

With it’s lush and velvety touch, Kudd.ly’s weighted blanket is made to form to your body, providing the perfect cuddle on the couch and in bed. Filled with BPA-free glass beads, Kudd.ly is designed for comfort, relaxation, and sleeping. Plus, it’s machine washable and comes in two amazing colours—a soft grey and luscious blue!

One happy customer stated: “I have an autistic son who also has adhd. He has been really struggling with sleep since the Covid pandemic, even his melatonin hasn’t been working! After the blanket arrived, we have had 4 beautiful nights of sleep. He has also used the blanket during a meltdown to help soothe himself. It is so well made and sooo soft.
Thank you Kuddly for your amazing customer service.”

(see what other happy Kuddly Customers had to say)

2. KOALA BLANKET £199 £79

Get yours for as low as £79 for a limited time!

IMPORTANT! The Kalm Koala Therapeutic Weighted Blanket is currently on sale for as low as £79!

Using its deep touch technology that calms the nervous system, the Koala blanket helps stabilize your stress levels, increases your relaxation and improves your sleep. Made from bamboo and cotton, the Koala blanket is eco-friendly, durable, and competitively priced. With its two sided cover, you can use the silk eco bamboo side on those warmer nights, or the ultra-soft minky side on cooler days.

Koala Blankets come in heavier weight options. Make sure the weight of your Koala is suitable for the recipient.

3. Gravity Blanket £149

With its many collections, spanning from their summer collection, which offers breathable fabric, to their kid’s collection, Gravity blanket has many options for a variety of their customers. The Gravity blanket improves sleep and enhances feelings of calmness and relaxation. To top it off, it comes with a removable cover to easily machine wash it!

Gravity Kids provides the same stress-reducing and sleep-enhancing benefits as their adult sized blanket but it’s suitable for kids aged 7+.  The dimensions are66” x 42” & is available in pink & green. It has an duvet cover made of cooling fabric (100% polyester ), which is moisture-wicking. lightweight & extremely breathable.

4. YnM Weighted Blanket £89

This weighted blanket provides year-round comfort with moisture-wicking management and bamboo viscose. There are also two extra layers of durable and breathable fabric ensuring there are no leaks or breaks in the blanket. Just choose your weight and colour and you are all set.

YnM manufactures blankets specifically for kids that typically weigh between five and seven pounds.

5. ZZZNEST Weighted Blanket £89

ZZZNEST uses 7 layers of fabric and small diamond tight stitching to prevent movement of the beads in the blanket, allowing for the most comfortable and sound sleep. Targeting disorders like RLS and anxiety, ZZZNEST promotes calmness and restfulness, allowing you to sleep much more soundly. Its beautiful grey colour is bound to compliment any room.

A customer states that: “Fantastic product … Comfortable and soft feel … Weighted but not heavy … Almost feels like you’re being held and gives a sense of comfort to anxiety sufferers like myself. It helps relax the body, I would recommend this to anybody, Fast efficient delivery … Thank you very much!!!”

Many have attested to the performance and quality of Kudd.ly, Sleepbo’s recommended weighted blanket:

Remember: Kudd.ly is currently having a massive sale, selling their weighted blankets for only £49!

“Love my Kuddly blanket. Absolute godsend during my exams, massive help for stress and anxiety too. Super soft, I highly recommend Kuddly for all the kids I tutor. Don’t know what I’d do without it now.”

Christi M. (a happy Kuddly customer)

“Two weeks in and so far the blanket is really helping our son’s sleeping habits...The Kuddly blanket is fab quality and a wonderful colour.”

Eric Boyd (a happy Kuddly customer)

“The blankets are amazing. I purchased 2 for my children...who absolutely love them. They are super soft, a great weight and just perfect for snuggling up with or easing anxiety. I wish I had purchased one for myself.”

Emma D. (a happy Kuddly customer)