When you go to bed at night, do you feel more like you’re auditioning for a Riverdance show than settling down for a good sleep?

You could be suffering from restless leg syndrome, and a weighted blanket might help you get the flailing limbs and crawling sensations under control.

Tablet with the diagnosis Restless leg syndrome on the display

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?


Restless leg syndrome is characterized by uncomfortable feelings in the legs, usually described as tingling or prickly.

It adversely affects the ability to sleep and rest, and can negatively affect work, travel, and general quality of life, with added anxiety and depression.

More Common in Women

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, restless leg syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is more common in women than men and tends to occur more at night.

Up to ten percent of the United States population may suffer from this condition.

Deep Touch Pressure and Restless Leg Syndrome


One thing that has been anecdotally reported to help with restless leg syndrome is a massage and deep touch pressure (DTP).

The drawback to this is that it’s not possible to engage in massage therapy for lengthy periods of time for sleeping and at night.

It’s not like anyone is going to pay a massage therapist to come to their home and massage their legs all night while they get some rest!

DTP is Created By Weight and Compression

Deep touch pressure is created with weight and compression by products such as weighted blankets and compression sheets.

The fact that deep touch pressure is a useful tool for many people is a bonus when you consider the availability of products like weighted blankets that have the potential to provide support.

Weighted Blankets and Restless Leg Syndrome


A woman rubbing restless legs on a bed

One of the weighted products reported to benefit people who suffer from restless leg syndrome is a weighted blanket.

Weighted Blankets Provide Deep Pressure

These products provide an even distribution of weight during the night that puts deep pressure on the legs, reducing the unpleasant sensations and reducing their movement.

Along with helping the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, a weighted blanket can also provide a better sleep experience and reduce anxiety. It all adds up to improved sleep and being more refreshed for a productive day.

Weighted Lap Pads Also Provide Deep Pressure

Another product that can be helpful is a weighted lap pad. Some people get these sensations during the day when a weighted blanket is not practical to use.

However, if you’re seated for long periods, you can use a weighted lap pad to provide comforting pressure.

Sitting at a desk in an office, you can easily keep a weighted lap pad draped across your lap underneath the desk for added comfort during work hours.

Our Post about Weighted Lap Pads

Cooling Weighted Blankets for Restless Leg Syndrome


One drawback to using a weighted blanket for restless leg syndrome is the potential heat buildup. Added heat under the covers could increase the discomfort and restlessness.

Cooling Weighted Blankets Reduce Heat Buildup

A solution to this problem would be to use a cooling weighted blanket. These specially designed products are made with cooling technology, breathable materials, and fabrics like cotton and bamboo.

They can help to reduce the chances of more heat and create a more comfortable sleeping environment while you enjoy relief from the twitching and movement of your legs.

Two of the weighted blankets that we highly recommend have cooling options to help make sleep more comfortable:

The Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket (Personal Review)

YnM Weighted Blanket Review


So, as you can see, there is a connection between weighted blankets and restless leg syndrome.

The weighted products may just be the natural aid you need to reduce the unwelcome symptoms and get better sleep at night, resulting in overall improved quality of life.

10 thoughts on “Weighted Blankets and Restless Leg Syndrome”

  1. I’m very thankful for the information in this article, as I currently suffer from restless leg syndrome. It can be very painful at times, and the only way I have found to relieve it, is to move my legs. The weighted blankets sound like they might be a really good idea. I can certainly see how they might help, by putting a constant pressure against the leg muscles. Do you know of any other natural treatments that have been used to help alleviate the symptoms? Thank you again for this information, if you have other suggestions I would love to hear them as well.

    Blessings, 

    Malinda

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Malinda.

      Weighted blankets have been anecdotally said to improve the condition of restless leg syndrome. We don’t deal in recommending other natural treatments, so I would advise you to consult an expert in that field for advice.

      Best to you,
      Stella

  2. I am hearing of Restless Leg Syndrome for the first time. It is a good thing that the problem can be eliminated by weighted blankets. It seems like there is no possible cause? I think it would be wise to get a weighted blanket and a weighted lap pad, just in case this condition arises. Thank you for bringing to light this syndrome and what we can do to reduce the discomfort. Great and informative article.

  3. Another very interesing article! I’m wondering if weighted blankets would be good for cramps … I do not suffer from restless leg syndrome, but sometimes a cramp shoots up one of my legs at night, and it’s not a very nice feeling. Would the weight of the weighted blanket help by stimulating more blood flow and thus prevent another cramp? It doesn’t happen every night, but it has happened frequently … So, I’d like to find a solution for it, and your article just made me think of a possible solution or help 🙂 

    1. Hi Christine;

      For all health concerns, it’s always best to consult with a doctor. We discuss circumstances where weighted blankets have been know or reported to help. But we don’t give out medical advice and we are not medical professionals.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and best to you,
      Stella
       

  4. I wish these weighted blankets were around when I was a little kid. I remember slamming my legs down on the mattress really hard over and over until I got yelled at. When I finally learned about weighted blankets I had to buy three before I found the right one. Now I don’t know how I could ever live without one. I gave one to my teenage son and he loves it. I have heard of weighted robes, but I think I’m not quite ready for one of those yet. Thank you for posting this. I hope a lot more people get to see it and learn about these wonderful creations. They are good for anxiety as well.

    1. Hi Cathy;

      It’s great that you found a weighted blanket to help with restless leg syndrome. We’ll have to check out those weighted robes. That sounds like an interesting product, too.

      All the best,
      Stella

  5. This is a very useful post. Because of my work, I sit at work all day in front of my computer. As you said, sitting at a desk in an office, you can easily keep a weighted lap pad draped across your lap underneath the desk for added comfort during work hours.
    It happens to be Black Friday and I am going to buy one right away. Thank you.

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