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The Weighted Blanket Revelation
If one had asked me what a weighted blanket was used for a year ago I would have said I didn’t have a clue. If you asked me today what a weighted blanket was used for I would respond “weighted blankets have totally changed our world for the better”.
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It all started a couple of years back while my daughter was at an inpatient program for a few weeks. When I would go to visit she would share with me some things that others were using to help with their anxiety and depression symptoms. The facility that she was at patients were not allowed to bring their weighted blankets unless they had a doctor write that it was necessary. Many doctors wrote that it was a necessary part of their treatment and that was our first exposure to “the weighted blanket”.
Pros and Cons of Using A Weighted Blanket
Starting with the PROS according to my daughter:
- Feels like I am being hugged or cuddled
- Improved quality of sleep
- Better than drugs to calm me down
- Used to keep me warm and keep me cool…can’t explain it
- Pain in chest due to my anxiety will slowly decrease once applied
- Convenient for use at bedtime or while snuggling on couch and even while traveling
Now onto the CONS according to my daughter:
- Not one
As one shops for weighted blanket there will be many choices as the sizes that are offered. Some offer sizes based on bed size. Twin, Full, Queen, and King are the choices of some. Others are based on measurements such as 42×56 and 54×72 and 60×80.
In our home we have purchased three weighted blankets and have best reviews for the smaller is better theory. Because the blanket was primarily purchased to calm anxiety we prefer the blanket to be more portable. It is not ideal to be dragging a king-size weighted blanket up or down the stairs to wrap in while watching a football game like we are right now. (GO PSU). Being able to throw it over her shoulders on the back patio or cover her legs in the car we highly recommend the smaller size to fit our needs.
Maybe it does and maybe it does not. Most research has shown that the weight of the blanket should be based on the weight of the person using the blanket. There is some magic calculation to do based on a certain percentage of body weight…for us this was NOT necessary. Every website that carries the blankets have a chart to use and decide which blanket is best, but I still think it is based on how and why one uses the blanket as to the best fit.
Our basic use is to calm her anxiety and the 12 pound or 15 pound blankets work just fine. Having the blanket quilted creates an even distribution of weight and prevents clumping or shifting of the pellets.
Others that don ‘t care if the blanket is mobile and like to get up after a great nights sleep and just pull up the blanket and get on with the day will be more apt to love the Queen or King size weighted blanket that weighs in the 20-25 pound range.
There are times that I end up being asked to spend the night with my daughter in times when her anxiety is in overdrive. This is a great time for her to have her own personal weighted blanket for me to help her wrap in while I can have my own separate blanket on the bed. She has a king-size bed and a Chocolate Lab and a Syberian Huskey so that makes the King bed a necessity. In our case I cannot imagine trying to roll over with a 25 lb weighted blanket that has almost 200 lb of dog on top as well. Mosaic Weighted Blankets solves all those problems. They come in a variety of weights and sizes to fit everyone’s needs. Rest well!
Keep fighting the good fight