Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I first came across weighted blankets a couple of years ago and since that time getting one has very much been on my to do list. I was therefore delighted to be offered a Zenkuru weighted blanket to review from CoolStuff. I asked a professional I know who uses them for some guidance about which weight to go for. She advised me 10-20% of your bodyweight. I therefore opted for an 11kg blanket (suitable for a bodyweight of between 70-110kg).
The item arrived quickly in perfect condition and with not too much by way of packaging. It was neatly packed away in its own zip up carry bag. It looks rather like the style of a sleeping bag. I love the grey colour. After unpacking it I could not wait to try it out. The blanket came with an informative instruction leaflet which also outlines some important precautions for use. The information on the item’s carry bag claims the following:
- Improve your sleep with a weighted blanket
- Provides a relaxing, deep pressure touch stimulation
- Helps your body to calm down, can reduce stress, tension and anxiety
- Filled with hypo-allergenic glass beads
- Machine wash on gentle cycle for easy cleaning
So how did my weighted blanket live up to these claims? I gently placed the blanket over my shoulders. I was rather apprehensive as my left shoulder can be troublesome and I have physio for it every few weeks. Having the blanket leaning on my shoulder felt blissful. From the first night I have used the blanket I have had less restless nights. For me this is really something as I do struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep at night due to the pain from my health conditions. I would therefore 100% agree that this product improved my sleep. I would go further than that and say that it has improved my quality of life no end. The blanket is the perfect temperature. I am neither too warm nor too cold when using it. When I stay away from home for the night I miss sleeping with it on top of me. I find having it over me is relaxing and comfortable so I would agree with the second point above too. Having gone through a particularly stressful period of my life, I would also agree that the weighted blanket helps your body to calm down and it can definitely reduce stress and tension. Being hypo allergic is a plus too. Whilst I have not yet washed the blanket on a gentle cycle in my washing machine, being able to clean it myself at home is a huge positive and I love how flexible the options for cleaning it are.
- Size: 150 x 210cm
- Fabric – Made from 100% cotton
- Filling – made from glass beads and polyester wadding
- Care instructions – hand wash, dry clean or machine wash on gentle cycle
I love this item. It’s been a hit with everyone who has come across it too. It’s actually become one of my favourite possessions. It really has helped improve my sleeping while helping me to relax and reduce stress. This would make a really great Christmas gift. Coolstuff also have an excellent Christmas gift generator on their website to help you find other cool gifts for all your friends and family at www.coolstuff.com/Christmasgifts.
RRP: from £92.99 (5kg) to £116.99 (11kg)
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