I love sleep. Easy to say, not always easy to get. On a typical night, I will be in bed anywhere from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. I’ll wake up anywhere from 4:30am to 7:00am depending on what I have to do that day. Despite the fact that I’ll be in bed early, I rarely get enough sleep due to stress, my GERD, dogs needing out, absolute crazy dreams if I forget to take my meds, and just being uncomfortable in general.
I’m always researching ways to get more meaningful rest. I’ve done essential oils, read before bed, done puzzles to calm my mind, but I wanted something different. Right around the time I was looking for alternate options, the weighted blanket started trending and was all over Amazon, the morning news, in articles, everywhere! Christmas was coming, so of course I had to try it.
I ended up choosing the YNM brand weighted blanket, 17 pounds, queen size, in a grayish tone to match most of my bedding and room. When the box arrived, my goodness, it was heavy! I hauled the blanket up to my room and layered it on top of my flat sheet so it would have the protection of my duvet cover/comforter over it. It is recommended to buy a cover for the weighted blanket, but of course you can improvise if you need to save some money.
I was so nervous that I wouldn’t like the additional weight on top of me, but I’m so used to sleeping with two 55 lb. dogs that I quickly got over that. My first night with the weighted blanket was everything I’d hoped it would be. I slept like a rock! I normally do not do that unless Tylenol PM is involved.
Since Christmas, I’ve grown to love the weight even more. It feels like a normal part of my bedtime/sleep routine. I’m curious if a heavier blanket would make a difference since most were around 20 pounds, but I definitely recommend the brand if you’re looking for something to reduce anxiety, better sleep, and increase comfort. Weighted blankets are also said to be great for children and adults with ADHD and even autism. Additional note, I know some people worry about the weight increasing body heat. I personally have night sweats a lot, but haven’t seen the blanket being a contributor to that issue.
Do you have a weighted blanket? Has it helped you sleep? Share your success or fails with me!