Weighted blankets are a cozy and comforting invention that simply adds a little extra weight to a blanket – usually with pellets or beads sewn in – in order to give you a reassuring squeeze. They’re perfect for anxiety or stress relief, or for simply helping you get a better night’s sleep.
Best Weighted Blankets | Guide to Weighted Blankets
Here’s our guide to the best weighted blankets, based on both my personal experience and Amazon reviewers.
Weighted Blanket for anxiety | Weighted Blanket Review
Weighted blankets are a soothing and comforting way to relieve anxiety and sleeplessness. They can also help generally with stress or depression.
I got this one from Weighting Comforts and it’s great! It’s like a regular blanket but it has little pellets sewn into it to give the blanket a little bit of weight (10 pounds total for the size I got) that feels like a hug or massage (actually it’s kind of like there’s a cat sleeping on you haha).
This particular brand is handmade by refugee women in Nashville, Tennessee. 🙂 Disclaimer: they sent me this blanket for free but I was not compensated for a review.
How Heavy Should A Weighted Blanket Be? | Weighted Blanket Weight Guide
It’s recommended that you use a weighted blanket that’s about 10% of your total body weight for the best feeling and comfort, or even a little lighter if it’s your first time trying one.
The first few nights you use your weighted blanket, it might feel a little weird. Personally, I think it feels like the lead blanket that they put over you when taking X-rays at the dentist.
If your weighted blanket is TOO light, it’s not much different than a regular blanket, but if it’s too heavy, it might feel uncomfortable.
Keep in mind that smaller blankets (such as a twin or full size blanket) will have more concentrated weight than a queen or king size blanket. So a 10 pound blanket would FEEL a lot heavier in a smaller size like a twin. The 10 pounds of weight would be a lot more spread out on a king size blanket and feel lighter overall.
So this 10 pound throw size one was a great weight for me for my first weighted blanket (for reference, I’m about 125 pounds). I just put it on top of my regular sheet and fleece blanket. 🙂
If there was a 12 pound blanket, that might be right around the perfect weight, but some weighted blankets are only available in 10, 15, 20, or 25 pounds.
Since I got it, I’ve literally been using this weighted blanket every single night!
My cat is kind of obsessed with this weighted blanket and has basically claimed it… although she gets her cat hair all over it. 😂 But at least it’s a medium grey color so her tuxedo cat hair blends right in! 😉
Budget Weighted Blanket | Affordable Weighted Blanket Ideas
If you’re on more of a budget, you can also check out this weighted blanket. 🙂 It’s an affordable price and comes in different colors and patterns.
Do Weighted Blankets Actually Work?
In my opinion, yes! I sleep with my weighted blanket every night and it’s definitely a comforting and reassuring feeling, but having said that, I don’t think there’s been a lot of scientific studies on the effectiveness of weighted blankets.
But if it makes me feel better, I’m still going to use it, and I do feel that my weighted blanket is calming and helps me sleep better. 🙂