Weighted blanket bliss?

Saira Valley

Posted on August 29 2018

Weighted blanket bliss?
I suffer from horrible, debilitating anxiety. I am a hypochondriac, and as a result I have difficulty sleeping, calming down and resting. And because I don't sleep, I am constantly exhausted, run down and burnt out. It makes even the simplest of daily tasks monumental when you are running on broken sleep, week after week, month after month. 
So I set out on a quest to find a way to relieve my anxiety induced insomnia, and came across a weighted blanket. I had heard of these but had NO idea what they did or how they worked. I did some research and found that they could be a perfect remedy for my anxiety, and thus my inability to sleep! 

Healthline shares that weighted blankets can relieve anxiety by creating deep pressure which may help in triggering neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Both of these hormones promote those happy feelings which can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. 

The scientific feedback on this is mixed, some swear by it, others say it's malarky. But I was desperate. So I researched and picked the YnM weighted blanket from Amazon, because well, prime. It has a 4.5 star rating and 1400 plus reviews so I figured it was a good bet. The suggested weight is 10% of your body weight, so for me being 150LBS I selected the 15LBS 60X80 blanket. YnM weighted Blanket 15LBS

When it arrived, it was packed well, and was HEAVY to pick up. Once I laid under it I was surprised by how light it actually felt, and thought maybe I needed a heavier one. At first I felt bummed, that it didn't feel heavy enough, but I committed to at least trying it out before writing it off for a heavier version. 

I got a minky cover from YnM on amazon as well, with mermaids. It is so cute and VERY soft. I got under the blanket, ready to sleep. I had low expectations because my insomnia is petty intense, but high hopes!

It still took me 2 hours to fall asleep, but that is normal for me. After falling asleep around 12:30AM, I woke up and thought for sure it was later in the morning with how rested I felt. I was SHOCKED when I looked at my phone and it said 6:23AM. What the? 

I could probably have woken up, but I was so comfortable and I didn't need to get up so I went back to bed. zzzzzzz. I woke up again and thought it must have been super late, because again, I felt like I had been asleep for hours. Nope. it was 9:30AM. Score!! 
Saira with Blanket
While I didn't sleep as many hours as I would have liked, the hours I DID sleep were deep and more restful than I can remember having in years.

The biggest question I got was whether it was hot under the blanket, and personally I can say, I did not find it hot at all.  I felt very comfortable. In all my reading the one thing I have found is most companies will work to ensure their blankets are manufactured with breathable materials which aim to provide cooling to offset any heating that could arise from weight alone. I slept with the weighted blanket plus a fuzzy blanket for extra comfort and experienced no overheating. 

What can I say, I dig blankets.

My overall review, after just one night is that this blanket lived up to expectations. While it did not help me fall asleep faster, it helped me stay asleep and helped me sleep SOLID. I am excited to try it again tonight!!! I personally think I will need to upgrade to a heavier blanket given the severity of my anxiety, but for now this definitely does the trick! 

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  • Saira : October 24, 2018

    you can click on the link above, the prices fluctuate since it is on amazon and it depends on the size and weight you choose :)

  • Doreen: September 06, 2018

    Saria I suffer from the same for years this sounds like something I should try . How much do they cost ?

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