Some people wonder if you need to use a top sheet or other blankets with a weighted blanket. While of course there is no simple yes or no to the question, there are some things to keep in mind and we’ll explain those points to help you decide what’s best in your case.
The Problem without a Top Sheet or Other Blanket
The main problem you’ll run into if you don’t use a top sheet or another blanket between you and your weighted blanket is, the weighted blanket is more likely to get soiled faster.
All bedclothes will eventually become dirty and will need to be cleaned. This includes weighted blankets. However you could keep it cleaner by putting another blanket or a top sheet between you and the weighted blanket. By doing this the top sheet or second blanket would absorb the natural sweat and oil and will keep your weighted blanket cleaner. It will be a lot easier to maintain.
Weighted blankets are costly, but designed to last a long time, so you’ll want to do everything you can to keep it in good shape for the long term.
The Solution to Keeping Your Weighted Blanket Clean
If you don’t want to sleep with an extra top sheet or another blanket in addition to the weighted blanket, there is another easy solution.
Buy a weighted blanket that is machine washable or has a removable cover.
Many manufacturers of weighted blankets offer sets that include one or two removable duvet covers, and some companies provide them separately.
The weighted blanket that our son uses offers an affordable set with two removable covers. One is plush for warmth and the other has Coolmax technology for hot sleepers.
Another manufacturer that offers separate duvet covers is the GnO Adult Weighted Blanket & Removable Bamboo Cover. Their products are also affordable and are highly-rated by customers – a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon with over 1500 ratings.
The outer cover will protect your weighted blanket, and when you need to clean it, just take the cover off and pop it in the wash.
Are You a Hot Restless Sleeper?
Some people are concerned about using extra blankets with a weighted blanket because they want to avoid the possibility of more heat buildup.
If you’re a hot restless sleeper, using extra blankets with your weighted blanket may indeed cause you to become too warm to stay under it.
In this case, just using a cooling weighted blanket would keep you feeling cooler.
Our son uses a tabletop fan pointed at his face while he sleeps under his weighted blanket, and it helps him stay cool and comfortable.
The Décor Aspect of Using a Weighted Blanket
For some people, whether to use a weighted blanket alone is a question of wanting to create a certain décor for the bedroom.
Weighted blankets are smaller than regular duvets and comforters because they aren’t designed to cover the whole bed or hang down the sides.
A weighted blanket should only ever cover your body for optimum benefits from the even weight distribution. So the weighted blanket may not provide the look you want for the bed. But weighted blankets can also look beautiful. Check out our review on the best looking weighted blankets.
Another solution to this problem would be to put your regular duvet or comforter over the weighted blanket so that it’s what you see upon entering the room.
If it would be too warm to have both items on the bed at night, just remove the regular duvet while you’re sleeping and put it back in the morning.
Yes, this requires making the bed each morning, but that’s a good habit to develop to start the day on a productive note.
So, as you can see, it’s really a personal decision whether to use another blanket or top sheet in addition to a weighted blanket.
But there are many factors to consider when you choose what will work best for your situation. It’s important to do whatever helps you get the best quality sleep.