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Can Weighted Blankets Cause Pain As Well?

Weighted blankets have been proven in clinical studies to help people with anxiety and insomnia feel calmer and sleep better. But, can weighted blankets cause pain?

If you suffer from a medical condition that causes you physical pain or discomfort, the last thing you want is something that’ll make it worse.

So, can weighted blankets cause pain?

The short answer is yes. But, only if the blanket aggravates an existing injury or medical condition that causes you pain or discomfort. Of course, this also depends on the person wearing the blanket. 

The Truth About Weighted Blanket Pain

On their own, weighted blankets aren’t heavy enough to cause pain to a healthy person’s muscles, joints, or bones.

But, they can potentially aggravate injuries or problems your body already has, such as an old sports injury or fibromyalgia pain. Although, this can usually be remedied by choosing a lighter blanket. 

A small number of people have experienced pain wearing a weighted blanket, and we do not discount these experiences. We believe them to be 100% genuine. 

But there is no medical evidence to suggest this to be a widespread issue. It depends on the user and pain has only ever occurred in isolated incidents. 

The bottom line: You are unlikely to experience pain wearing a weighted blanket and reported incidents of pain are isolated. 

The Safe Science Behind Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets simulate a therapy called Deep Pressure Therapy, or DPT. It is commonly used in hospitals to calm patients suffering from anxiety and spatial disorders. 

DPT is non-medicinal and non-addictive. It is enabled with a device, not drugs, so none of the risks associated with medicine are at play here. 

In hospitals, DPT is simulated using ‘squeeze machines.’ These machines replicate the sensation of being bear hugged. Weighted blankets replicate the same sensation in a portable way.

Clinical studies show weighted blankets and weighted blanket therapy can help with insomnia [1], anxiety [2], ADHD [3] and Tourette syndrome [4].  

Furthermore, there are thousands of real use cases where people’s sleep and mental health state has been improved with Deep Pressure Therapy. 

If you are looking for a weighted blanket because you struggle to sleep well or are anxious, then it could really help you. DPT is a 100% safe therapy and you have nothing to lose by trying it. We say give it a go. 

Choosing the Right Weighted Blanket

A weighted blanket should weigh 7-13% of your body weight. The Koala Blanket is available in 4kg, 6.8kg and 9kg weights.

If you suffer from a medical condition that causes you physical pain or discomfort, choose our 4kg blanket. This will minimise the chances of it aggravating your condition and you can always jump up a weight when you are ready.

You might also like to consult your physician or GP if you are unsure about weighted blanket therapy. 

Good luck!

Sources (clinical studies):

  1. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7b52/514a1b040f0b631168d98cfa9730cfc5a9dd.pdf
  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1300/J004v24n01_05
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20662681
  4. https://www.tourettes-action.org.uk/storage/downloads/1487860486_TS–the-simple-truth—A-guide-to-TS-for-children-and-young-people.pdf

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