Whether you toss and turn or sink naturally into your best sleep position, a weighted blanket can help you get to sleep ease and stay asleep all through the night.
Does your sleep position matter? To harness the full potential of your weighted blanket you need the ideal weight for your sleeping style and body type. Unfortunately, not many people know that the sleeping position is a factor that should be taken into consideration as well. Link the weight of the blanket to your best sleeping positions to enjoy all the benefits of your weighted blanket.
Here we look at the sleeping positions people take up and discuss the perfect weighted blanket for each.
What to look for in a weighted blanket
When choosing your weighted blanket you need to consider the quality of the blanket – and how you sleep. You need a blanket that distributes the weight evenly and never sags to one side; you want one with a soft, silky feel such as that with a bamboo fabric and you want the right weight for your best sleep position.
The best weight for your blanket depends upon the position you sleep in. All the sleeping positions have their own benefits and drawbacks; however, almost everyone can benefit from the correctly chosen weighted blanket. You can check out the full range of the Aricove weighted blankets to find the most suitable weight and size for you or your loved one.
The general advice is 10% of your body weight. And this is great for people who sleep on their backs, but if you sleep on your side or your stomach you will do better by reducing the weight by 5-10 lbs. You will still get the benefit of the weighted blanket without any undue pressure.
Sleeping on your back
There are benefits to sleeping on your back. Around 14% of Americans sleep on their back according to WebMD, however, such statistics keep changing according to the source. According to Nature and the Science of Sleep it comes out at 37.5% – so we have to take these numbers with a healthy pinch of salt.
Your body is in a neutral position. Your spine is straight and your head is supported, so your neck is not under any strain. If you suffer from back pain, then this is the best sleep posture for you. It is probably the best sleeping position for neck protection, preventing you from twisting it during the night. If you have any pain along the jaw, mouth, or face, then sleeping on your back will not put any extra strain there.
According to a study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, overnight pressure can increase your wrinkles – so sleeping on your back might keep you looking younger for longer.
However, it does have one disadvantage for your sleeping partner. If you snore then sleeping on your back makes it worse, because your tongue and soft palate relax and fall back, obstructing your airways. And if you are a loud snorer then you should be checked by your doctor for sleep apnoea; sleeping on your back is not the correct way to sleep for you, and a weighted blanket is not recommended for anyone with sleep apnoea.
If you sleep comfortably on your back then the 20lb weighted blanket is perfect for you since the weight is distributed evenly over your entire body.
Sleeping on your side
About 63% of Americans choose this sleeping position – and for good reasons. Sleeping on your left side aids digestion and reduces acid reflux (although if you prefer to sleep on your back, then raising your head with an extra pillow or even propping up the head end of your bed works – provided you don't slide off the end).
Another advantage is that the blood flow to essential organs, like your heart, your kidneys, and your uterus is improved. You are less likely to snore when you sleep on your side, as your airway stays open. There is some evidence that the nocturnal detoxifying of your brain also works better when you sleep on your side. And - you only get wrinkles on half your face!
Pregnant women are usually recommended to sleep on their side. However, sleeping on your side is not so good if you have back problems, as it puts unwanted strain on your spine. And if you always sleep on the same side you might be putting pressure on your shoulder so switching sides from time to time is wise.
If you sleep on your side then the lighter 15lb blanket is the perfect aid to getting to sleep. The heavier blanket may put too much weight on your hips and other joints.
The stomach sleeping position
It is difficult to find a comfortable position when sleeping on your stomach. Your spine sags in the middle and your neck can be twisted, yet about 14% of Americans do find this the best position to sleep. But backache and nerve pain if any of your nerves are pinched by your spine may result. And, of course, you get those wrinkles all over your face!
However, you can position your pillow so that you can keep your head roughly straight and not twisted to the side. And for people with who snore, this might be the best sleeping position for you.
If you like front sleeping then make sure your pillow isn’t too high as this puts extra strain on your neck. Some people find that sleeping without a pillow is best. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you sleep with a pillow under your pelvis. This supports your hips and keeps your spine in better alignment.
The lighter 15lb weighted blanket for adults is heavy enough for front sleepers – a gentle hug to help you sleep.
Sleeping in the fetal position
Some people choose the fetal position for sleep, as they find it helps relieve back pain. For stomach pain sleeping in the fetal position could be the best way to sleep. Again the lighter 15lb blanket is ideal – just the right amount of pressure.
Is it your sleeping position that matters most?
We all differ in our best sleeping positions for insomnia, but for almost everyone, a weighted blanket will help improve your sleep quality. It is important to consider your sleeping position when choosing the most suitable weight for you. In general, the 20lb blanket is perfect when you sleep on your back, and the 15lb blanket is best for side or stomach sleepers.
Whatever position you prefer to rest in, the Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation produced by the weighted blanket will help to induce a feeling of safety and calm, as well as provide extreme comfort; and the soft silky feel of the bamboo material is just so breathable and welcoming.