Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving accidents, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts. It’s a problem that knows no economic boundaries.

Stanford Medicine News Center
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The new school year is upon us and things are looking much different. The amount of anxiety and stress already weighing on the shoulders of students have doubled now that they have to learn in the midst of a pandemic. Not only that, they’re now being forced to return to those school schedules, meaning students are now getting less sleep than they did in the summer months and for many parents, sleep deprivation is a real concern. Many are looking for ways to help their children get better and more quality sleep. Most parents have looked to the weighted blanket for help as it’s been an exceptional tool in helping relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and relax the mind for improved sleep.

“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. That said, sleep deprivation can affect your child’s school performance in two major ways:

  1. Children and teens can have trouble paying attention because of their difficulty focusing. As a result, they can miss important verbal lessons due to inattention or they may be unable to complete tasks in the classroom because they’re too tired. 
  2. Children and teens 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.

In fact, children and teens need a lot more hours of sleep than you may think…

THE RECOMMENDED HOURS OF SLEEP FOR CHILDREN:

  • 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 children and teens also get enough quality sleep or the same effects of sleep deprivation can affect their school performance. This is why parents have purchased weighted blankets for their children and teens.

Kudd.ly Blanket $59 (SleepBo’s Choice!)

 

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)

YnM Weighted Blanket $99

The YNM is our second choice for its moisture-wicking management and bamboo viscose properties, providing all year round comfort. Plus, there are two extra layers of durable and breathable fabrics ensuring there a nore leaks of beads, or breaks in the blanket. It also allows you to pick the weight you want and comes in a variety of colours. That said, it’s on the pricier side.

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

Chilla Weighted Blanket $99 

This 15-25lbs blanket comes in a 3-piece set—a winter duvet, a summer duvet, and a weighted blanket. The inner blanket is divided into 120 pockets for uniform weight distribution, and 8 internal ties keep the blanket in place inside the duvet cover. Their specially designed duvet covers allow air to flow through the fabric, ensuring you’re kept comfortably warm. It comes in 6 different colors.

One happy customer said: “…I got one for my son who was suffering from night terrors. He rarely has them anymore The blanket is worth its weight in gold for both of us.”

ZZZNEST Weighted Blanket $39

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: “My 9 year old has suffered from night terrors, tossing and turning, and insomnia for the last few years since we moved to a different state. He slept through the night the first time the blanket was delivered!”

BEDSURE WEIGHTED BLANKET $49 

If your kid struggles to get to sleep (or stay asleep), the Bedsure Kids Weighted Blanket provides a comfortable pressure reminiscent of a soft & loving embrace. With the blanket, your child will sleep the entire night & manage anxiety which will give you a better sleep also. It’s extremely snuggly & won’t make them hot.

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

“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)