Xalm™ Weighted Blanket Review

It may not quite be blanket weather yet, but we are loving the Xalm weighted blanket we have been sent to review.  Weighted blankets have become a popular sleep accessory recently.  They are filled with beads that makes them far heavier than standard blankets or quilts, and are available in a range of weight options to suit different body weights and, in the case of children, ages.

Weighted blankets have been used in sensory therapies for years and now they are crossing over into the mainstream.  The idea is that sleeping under a weighted blanket will help you sleep better, and were originally recommended for those with autism, sensory issues, and/or ADHD.

Weighted blankets can also help those suffering from anxiety or depression.  A weighted blanket can help you to sleep better and longer, and can be particularly useful if you suffer from interrupted sleep.

Weighted blankets typically have small weights sewn into pockets throughout the fabric and the feeling of pressure, akin to being hugged or held, is said to encourage endorphins and thereby help to get to sleep more quickly and sleep better and longer.

When choosing a weighted blanket, it is recommended that you choose one that weighs 10% of your body weight (adults) and 5-10% (children).  This should provide the right degree of heaviness without making you feel claustrophobic or causing any discomfort.

The Xalm weighted blanket is a large single blanket (150cm x 200cm) with weights of 4.5kg, 6.8kg and 9kg to suit all body weights.  Weighted blankets are typically for one person only, so this size is more than adequate for an adult or older child.  Just make sure they are aware that they should never cover their face with a weighted blanket or sleep completely underneath it.

Obviously it depends on the individual, but I have been pleasantly surprised at the difference the weighted blanket has made to my sleep.  I'm running around after three small children all day long so usually have no trouble falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, but often wake up with a to do list running through my head in the early hours of the morning and then find it difficult to get back to sleep.  The weighted blanket has definitely helped alleviate this, so I am getting more, and better, rest as a result.

The Xalm blanket comes in a soft grey cover but you could buy the summer bamboo cover additionally for warmer weather (or easily run up a cotton cover), and the cosy soft grey minky cover is perfect for autumn and winter.  It is tied to the inner blanket via strings at each corner, and can easily be removed for washing, plus it fits in your washing machine.  The inner blanket can be dry cleaned when necessary.

The blanket is heavy but not overly so and is easily manoeuvrable on the bed as your turn over.  It isn't overly hot and works well as a duvet on its own.  You do need to turn it every few days to ensure the weighted beads stay evenly distributed.

The Xalm Weighted Blanket is available to purchase from Amazon priced £99.99.  It comes with a 100 night risk-free trial so you can ensure that you love it.  Highly recommended for anyone who has trouble sleeping.

What weight do you need?  Xalm suggests:

If you weigh between 36kg (5st. 9lb) and 56kg (8st 12lbs) then use the 4.5kg blanket.

If you weigh between 56kg (8st 12lbs) and 79kg (12st. 5lb) then use the 6.8kg blanket.

If you weigh between 79kg+ (12st. 5lb+) then use the 9kg blanket.

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