Specially designed weighted blankets are gaining in popularity because they use added weighted pressure to decrease anxiety and improve sleep.
If it has left you wondering whether you should jump on the bandwagon and buy one, check out the pros and cons below to help you make your decision.
We give a thorough and honest real-life look at the advantages and disadvantages of buying and using a weighted blanket.
Pros of Buying a Weighted Blanket
There are many positive factors that support the advantages of sleeping under a weighted blanket.
1. There Is Research-Based Evidence
One of the great things about using a weighted blanket is the benefits are not based on anecdotal evidence alone. There are studies that back up the claims of improved sleep and less anxiety as a result of using one.
That said, there are many parents, therapists, consumers, teachers, and support workers who give good anecdotal credibility to the effectiveness of sleeping under a weighted blanket.
Using a weighted blanket is not a passing fad, and they were originally created because of a scientific principle (DTP) that has been proven to work in many cases.
The reason a weighted blanket is so effective is the same reason a firm gentle hug feels so calming.
2. Weighted Blankets Help with a Range of Conditions
Given that the benefits of using a weighted blanket are based on the scientific principle of deep touch pressure, it’s no wonder they are used for so many conditions.
By helping with sleep, anxiety, and restlessness, weighted blankets can be useful for:
- restless leg syndrome
- sensory processing disorders
- exercise recovery
This isn’t even a complete list because many people are constantly finding new ways that these products can help with physical and psychological well-being.
3. Weighted Blankets Have Cooling Options
One big plus with weighted blankets is that since they were first developed, manufacturers have listened to consumers who are hot restless sleepers and developed cooling versions.
The added weight can cause heat buildup and make sleeping under a weighted blanket uncomfortable. It’s especially true for people who are usually warmer and more restless when they sleep.
Manufacturers have listened to the feedback from customers and made adjustments to their products. It’s now common to find weighted blankets that are made with breathable fabrics like bamboo and cotton, and materials like glass beads that don’t retain heat.
4. Weighted Blankets Can Be Suitable for Sensitivities
Weighted blankets can also be appropriate for people who have sensitivities and allergies. Do your research and find one constructed from materials like antibacterial bamboo and hypoallergenic glass beads.
The YnM product line has versions that would potentially be suitable for people who have sensitivities and need a weighted blanket that will work for them.
Cons of Buying a Weighted Blanket
As popular as weighted blankets are, there are some negative sides to buying or owning one.
1. Weighted Blankets are Heavy
Ironically, one of the drawbacks to owning a weighted blanket is the added weight. The largest products can weigh up to 25-30 pounds.
Imagine all that weight in a washer or dryer. And, picture trying to manipulate it when it’s wet, or if you have back issues.
A simple solution to the problem of caring for it is to buy a weighted blanket that has a removable duvet cover. Then, you just remove it and toss it in the wash, avoiding the need to manipulate the heavier inner blanket.
The removable covers help with wear and tear, so you can enjoy your weighted blanket longer and protect your investment.
2. Cost of a Weighted Blanket
There are many factors that will affect what you ultimately pay, but they aren’t considered cheap. A less expensive option to consider is a lightweight compression sheet. It depends on what you’re comfortable sleeping under.
As mentioned above, paying a bit extra to include a removable cover is a good way to increase the lifespan of your weighted blanket, and is more economical in the long run.
All that said, if you take care of your weighted blanket, you shouldn’t have to replace it very often. They’re meant to last for years, especially if you opt for a quality brand.
3. Weighted Blankets are Warm
As pointed out in the section above about cooling weighted blanket options, you’ll need to consider the potential heat buildup.
It’s especially true if you tend to be a hot restless sleeper or if you live in a warm climate. And, as pointed out above, there are cooling versions of these blankets and other things you can do to reduce the heat.
The lightweight compression sheets mentioned above are also a good option if becoming too warm is something you feel might happen in your case.
On a personal note, our son is a hot sleeper and he uses a weighted blanket that has Coolmax technology, and he manages well with a little help from a table fan in summer.
4. A Weighted Blanket May Not Work for You
Unfortunately, even though many people find weighted blankets useful, you need to consider that they may not work in your case.
Before you set out to buy one, give some thought to how you might react to a heavy weight resting on you as you sleep.
Do you like lots of heavy quilts, or do you prefer a lightweight duvet?
Do you ever experience feelings of claustrophobia?
If you know someone who uses a weighted blanket, see if they’ll let you lay down under it to get an idea of how it feels. But keep in mind that it can take several days to adjust to sleeping under one.
And, if you’re a parent, your child might just reject the weighted blanket flat out. In which case, decide when to let it go and try something else. Don’t let it become a point of frustration.
Another thing to keep in mind is the return policy of the manufacturer in case you need to return it or exchange it for a different size.
If a weighted blanket just doesn’t work for you, there are always other sleep products and things you can try like sleep eye masks, essential oils, creating a sleeping environment, and using a memory foam mattress.
5. A Weighted Blanket Can Be Difficult to Share
Another point to consider before you fork out for a weighted blanket is whether you share the bed with someone else.
Are you planning to share the weighted blanket? Or does only one of you need it? Or should you buy two? These are the questions couples need to consider before the purchase.
6. Weighted Blankets Are Not Suitable for Infants and Pets
Along the same lines as to whether you share your bed as a couple, is whether there are children or pets who sleep with you.
Weighted blankets are generally not considered safe for infants under one year and pets. You’ll need to keep that in mind if you frequently find your bed crowded with company.
It’s also not recommended to use a weighted blanket for an anxious pet. You could consider an anxiety jacket to help with calming. Weighted blankets are designed for humans.
So, there you have some pros and cons to keep in mind if you’re considering buying a weighted blanket for less anxiety and better sleep.
You’re concerned about a good sleep experience and better health, so carefully consider the best decision for your situation and needs.