Awhile back, a friend excitedly suggested trying a weighted blanket. After hemming and hawing about it, I finally decided to try one when my sleep quality was really suffering. Here’s my weighted blanket review after using one for a few months.
Based on the recommendation from a friend who thought sleeping under a weighted blank was amazing, I considered trying one. I’m not the fastest to take recommendations and the one he showed me cost more than $200. I’ll admit the price tag when I first looked stopped me from trying. After struggling with sleeping, I found a cheaper one. Here’s my weighted blanket review for a budget friendly blanket.
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Why I decided to try a weighted blanket
In the hustle and bustle of a demanding day job schedule, the quality of my sleep was getting worse. Getting more sleep wasn’t possible at the time so I was hoping to improve the quality of what I could get. My biggest problem was waking up, probably from too much stress.
The theory with this type of blanket is that sleeping under the weight will result in calming response to the brain.
Did the weighted blanket improve my sleep quality?
I think it helps some. Is it the nirvana for all sleep problems? No, of course not. After a few months of sleeping under the blanket, I think I’ve become used to the weight. It now feels more like a heavy blanket. It doesn’t feel like a weight anymore.
One thing I’ve also noticed is that if my ankle is feeling a little cranky, the weighted blanket pins in the wrong position making it feel even more uncomfortable. Fortunately because I bought a smaller blanket (twin-sized), I can easily slip my foot to the side outside of the weight.
How to save money when buying a weighted blanket
If this is your first time trying a weighted blank as an experiment, try finding an inexpensive one. I considered making my own, but after looking around I realized the effort to save a few dollars wasn’t really worth it. Here’s how I saved a few dollar when I bought my weighted blanket.
Buy the smallest blank you can find
The smaller the blanket, the cheaper it will be. Try buying a twin-sized blanket. That was wide enough to cover me. I didn’t need a full bed width blanket. And the bonus of this is if the blanket doesn’t work for you, it’s easier to store, donate, or toss.
Skip buying a blanket cover, initially
One of the accessories you can buy is cover to help keep the blanket clean. A weighted blanket is not something you can toss into the washing machine. Instead of buying a blanket cover, you could protect it by keeping it between two other blankets or sheets.
Honestly I still haven’t bought a separate cover for the blanket that I own yet. I haven’t had the need.
Don’t worry about the color. Buy whatever is cheapest.
While I like to have all my bed linens match (or coordinate), I decided for this experiment I would buy whatever blanket was the cheapest. After looking at the options available, I chose the color with the lowest price. Since I was going to hide it between two other blankets anyway, the color wasn’t going to be visible anyway.
Choose the weight closest to the recommendation
The general recommendation for a weighted blanket is it should be about 10% of your body weight. And depending on where that falls for you, the options available can vary. For me I technically fell into a level lighter than what was readily available.
I bought the next size up because it made a noticeable difference in price. Of course you should do your best to follow the recommended guidelines for safety when choosing a weighted blanket.
Have you tried one? What is your weighted blanket review and thoughts?
I think this type of blanket has helped improve my sleep, though I would not call it the most amazing thing ever. It was worth the experiment, especially when the quality of my sleep needed a lot of improvement. I am still using the blanket as well.