Travelbuddies in Kempten trying out the weighted Duvet
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CURA weighted duvets from Sweden

Travelbuddies in Germany trying out the CURA weighted Duvets
Bernie in Kempten, Germany trying the weighted duvets after a long-haul flight

Before CURA of Sweden approached us for a collaboration, I had never heard of a weighted duvet, let alone sleeping with one. As an avid researcher in human resources who had recently completed my PhD in employee well-being, I was more than intrigued by this phenomenon and couldn’t wait to try it out.

Sleep plays a vital role in our everyday lives. Baric et al. (2021) reported many daytime challenges because of poor sleep or lack of sleep, including “negative mood, irritability, self-injury, and aggression”.

Are you curious to know what a weighted duvet is? It is a “therapeutic blanket that includes weighted material designed to provide proprioceptive input to the body. Proprioceptive, sometimes called the ‘sixth sense’, is related to body position and movements” (Becklund et al., 2021, p. 130). The weighted duvet’s deep touch pressure stimulation provides psychological and physical benefits.

According to studies conducted by Becklund et al. (2021), deep pressure stimulation (DPS) affects one’s nervous system by increasing serotonin (the feel-good hormone) and melatonin (which helps to control your sleep cycle) while decreasing cortisol levels. This calming effect minimises stress, induces sleep, and increases well-being. Baric et al. (2021) found that weighted blankets reduce the body’s physiological arousal and anxiety levels, improving sleep quality.

The above research made a lot of sense to me. No matter how warm the temperatures are outside (or inside) or what season it might be, I always want “something” over me to fall asleep. My crazy sleeping ways always confused my husband. At last! I found a company like CURA that understood my sleeping behaviour and even backed it up with thorough research.

I agree with the findings of the weighted duvets theory. I experienced improved sleep quality and enhanced relaxation, and I woke up feeling revived the following day. At first, I found the duvet a bit unconformable to turn around because of the weight, but this was a good thing as it limited me from turning unnecessarily, often preventing me from falling into a deep sleep.

In conclusion, the duvet looks and feels luxurious. My only negative comment is that changing the cover on your own is rather challenging.

If you would like to know more about CURA’s weighted duvets, please click on the following link.

Reference list:

Baric, V. B., Skuthalla, S., Pettersson, M., Gustafsson, A., & Kjellberg, A. (2021). The effectiveness of weighted blankets on sleep and everyday activities: A retrospective follow-up study of children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and an autism spectrum disorder. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1–11.

Becklund, A. L., Rapp-McCall, L., & Nudo, J. (2021). Using weighted blankets in an
inpatient mental health hospital to decrease anxiety. Journal of Integrative Medicine 19, 129–134.

Travelbuddies in Kempten trying out the weighted Duvet
Travelbuddies in Kempten trying out the weighted Duvet

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As a freelance travel journalist and seasoned business professional, Bernie van der Linde has made it her mission to explore the world's most unique and luxurious destinations. With a PhD in business studies from the University of South Africa, Bernie has channeled her passion for travel, web design, and writing into founding the travel blog Travel Buddies Lifestyle. Here, she shares her adventures alongside her best friend and travel business partner, Petra, who seamlessly translate and compile articles relevant to their German and European audience.

Bernie's love for exploring new places has taken her to some of the world's most exotic locations. Whether gazing out at the glittering skyline of Dubai or enjoying the tranquillity of a private beach in Mauritius, Bernie is always looking for unique experiences that will inspire and entice her readers to travel.

Through her thoughtful writing and unparalleled passion for travel, Bernie van der Linde has made a name for herself in the world of travel writing. Her knack for uncovering hidden gems and sharing her experiences with her readers has made her a trusted source of inspiration for those looking to explore the world in style.

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