Sleep has always been a top priority for me. Without sleep, I don’t function well. I don’t feel like myself, I lack energy and I tend to have a not-so-positive attitude the next day (read: bitchy). So, I’m always learning about the latest sleep trends or anything that might help to improve my quality of sleep. I’ve got a white noise machine, blue light blocking glasses, black out curtains, the perfect temperature and the right pillow.
So when weighted blankets stepped on the scene, I knew they were something I had to try.
For those of you who have never heard of weighted blankets, they are soaring in popularity these days due to claims that they can improve quality of sleep, reduce anxiety and stress, and alleviate insomnia. They’ve actually been around for a quite a while and have been used as a calming mechanism for children with Autism and other sensory disorders. The theory is that they “hug” the sleeper, making them feel more secure and less likely to toss and turn.
As someone who loves to sleep with mounds of blankets on top of me, I was immediately intrigued. I’ve always loved the weight of a lot of blankets, but continued to wake up multiple times a night because I would get too hot. Enter the weighted blanket. Now I can sleep with all of the weight without the warmth, helping me to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I’m obsessed! I’ve been sleeping with it for a few months now, and I can honestly say that the quality of my sleep has improved significantly. I fall asleep quickly, I don’t wake up because I’m too warm, and I spend far less time tossing and turning at night.
If you’re the type of person who sleeps with just a sheet and has no difficulties falling or staying asleep, a weighted blanket probably isn’t for you. But if you have any difficulties in the sleep department or you’re just interested in improving your sleep, I highly recommend a weighted blanket!
If you’re looking to try out a weighted blanket, here are some things to consider:
They come in various weights.
It’s recommended that you get a weighted blanket thats about 10% of your body weight. Depending on your personal preferences, you might like something a little lighter or heavier. I tend to like it on the heavy side — mine is 17lbs.
They can be pricy.
They typically run from about $70-$300. Obviously the heavier the blanket, the more expensive it will be.
Your partner will probably need their own.
Although I’ve seen a few larger sizes, most of these come in smaller sizes. But if you and your partner get your own, you can each buy one that’s custom to each of your needs.
You might not like it.
If you’re not used to sleeping with a lot of weight on you, you might not like this feeling. Some people get anxious or claustrophobic sleeping under a weighted blanket, which is obviously not the idea. Be sure that whatever brand you buy allows you to return it if after you try it out!
Looking to buy your own or have some questions about it? Shoot me a message and I’ll give you some more details!