I’ve had trouble sleeping as long as I can remember. It might have started in high school, when I’d come home feeling physically tense after playing a few hours of high school sports every night.
It became worse in college, when I had no consistent schedule for a few years and was stressed about grades and socializing.
Then I entered the workforce and some nights sleep turned completely sleepless. Even now, there have been nights where my brain will not slow down and relax into rest mode.
The National Sleep Foundation found that 59% of adults age 30-64 experience sleepless nights, which means that a lot of women are going to bed and not getting alot of rest.
But what if this could change, and we could start sleeping better?
Weighted Blankets are Proven to Improve Sleep
About a year ago, someone told me a weighted blanket improves sleep.
What? I thought. That’s weird.
At first I was skeptical and didn’t want to give the pricey blanket a buy.
After a few months of dabbling with the thought, I broke and bought a Therapedic Reversible 16 lb. Medium Weighted Blanket in Grey
This has been hands down, the best thing I’ve ever bought to improve my sleep.
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What sets this Therapeutic blanket apart from the rest is this: It’s really well made.
This blanket has glass pellets inside of it making it heavy enough to weigh 8 to 20 lbs, depending on which size you buy.
Also, the exterior is a plush, soft 100% polyester cover that can be easily removed for washing. The zippable cover makes it so easy to keep the blanket in good shape!
Instead of being filled with cheap plastic pellets or goose down, this blanket maintains a nice even heavy texture, doesn’t have an odd smell and I don’t have to worry about it bursting glass pellets everywhere because it’s sturdy.
At one time I was concerned I’d feel claustrophobic at night under the weight of a weighted blanket, but no such thing happens with this blanket.
It feels heavy but not claustrophobic.
Who is a Weighted Blanket For?
If you’re similar me, you struggle to sleep at night. And, this blanket is right for you.
If a sleep aide comes out that is natural, comfortable and safe, would you try it? This would be that sleep aide.
When using my weighted blanket, I found that using a weighted blanket drastically improved my ability to get to sleep.
So many different factors go into staying asleep throughout the night, but sometimes the battle is just getting my eyes closed and brain ready to rest at the beginning.
My weighted blanket worked wonders in this area.
Studies have shown that weighted blankets help reduce insomnia, anxiety, pain symptoms, moodiness, chronic pain and stress among other benefits.
If you have any of these symptoms, a weighted blanket will likely improve your health too.
Because of their benefits, they are even being used in preschool classrooms or in children’s treatments.
You’ll Sleep Better and Feel Secure
Beyond the fact that a weighted blanket has been proven to help improve your sleep, it also keeps you really warm!
I sometimes get cold at night as my heart rate calms down, which will also wake me up in the middle of the night. Sleeping under a weighted blanket keeps me warm. Like really warm, and even secure.
Basically, anytime I am sleeping under the weighted blanket, I feel pretty secure and ready to slow it down.
The polyester exterior has a plush, soft texture that is very relaxing.
It works perfectly on my sofa during nap time or to take upstairs for bedtime.
What I Don’t Like About My Blanket
But, there are a few draw backs.
First, a weighted blanket is really bulky and heavy! It’s not the kind of thing to cart everywhere with you. The Therapedic version I bought has a nicer exterior fabric that really makes it best to stay in one place to avoid getting too dirty.
(And I guarantee you, once you buy one, you’ll want one for every room of the house.)
Also, most of the top weighted blankets cost over $100, that is if you want to buy a nice one. My blanket cost $169.
Top manufacturers include:
Therapedic who manufactured my blanket, is also a reliable manufacturer of popular mattresses also.
If you just want a weighted blanket no matter what the cost, Target, Kohl’s, Amazon and Walmart both sell the tranquility blanket, a more reasonably priced option.
But weighted blankets are a product where you really get the quality that you ultimately pay for.
Brands matters. The less money you spend on this blanket, the less quality you’ll ultimately get. I bought a higher priced blanket, but this has turned out to feel comfy to sleep under, not break easily and be easily cleanable.
Price here is the difference between glass pellets, plastic pellets or goose down in your blanket. You also might get an exterior plush fabric that just isn’t as nice.
Is it Worth Buying a Weighted Blanket?
So, what’s the deal – Can a blanket really make you sleep better?
What I’ve found is that the short answer is yes. The blanket is well worth the investment. A high-quality, heavy blanket can make you sleep better.
I’ve found that it’s so comfortable that I physically feel secure. And, if you have any struggles with anxiety or just being nervous and on high alert often, this security is enough to calm your body into rest and get you to sleep.
Depending on how you sleep, it might help you stay asleep longer too.
I sleep under one every night now, because it has improved my sleepless nights noticeably and frankly, it feels good.
Where to Buy It + Price
The Therapedic Reversible 16 lb. Medium Weighted Blanket in Grey can be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $169.99.