There are two sides to considering weighted blankets for menopause. On the one hand, they may help you find relief for many of the annoying symptoms of menopause.

On the other hand, they may be too warm to use during a time when hot flashes and night sweats are all too common.

Mature woman lying in bed with insomnia

Let’s look at both sides of the coin, and see if there’s a good way to achieve the benefits of this popular product without increasing issues with heat and melting.

What Is Menopause?


According to WebMD:

Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age. The term “menopause” can describe any of the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.

Menopause can occur naturally or it can be brought on by things like surgery or cancer treatment.

It’s an individual experience for each person but can include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, fatigue, anxiety, and emotional/mood swings.

For many people, menopause tends to occur around the 50-year-old stage, with individual variations.

Its unsettling effects are often compounded by other lifestyle changes that also coincide with this time of life, such as retirement and the empty nest.

Weighted Blanket Benefits and Menopause


Because many women in menopause experience sleep deprivation and fatigue, a weighted blanket may offer many benefits.

Colorful duvets rolled up

DTP Provides Calmness

The weight in these blankets creates deep touch pressure (DTP) that contributes to increased serotonin. This will improve feelings of calmness and relaxation that can aid sleep and decrease anxiety.

Weighted Blankets Reduce Anxiety

Along with sleep issues, anxiety is a common factor during menopause as women cope with physical and mental changes, plus social factors like retirement and kids leaving home.

A weighted blanket can provide relief for this time of change and potential upheaval.

Relief for Restless Leg Syndrome

There is also a lot of anecdotal evidence that a weighted blanket can help relieve the condition known as restless leg syndrome.

Many people in menopause experience this uncomfortable twitching and tingling sensations in their legs.

The pressure of the weighted blanket can help to keep your legs still and to help with a more comfortable sleep during the night or for naps in the daytime.

Many people use weighted blankets just because they enjoy the way they improve their sleep routines, even if they’re not in menopause.

As we age, sleep patterns become more unsettled for many people, and anything that improves your rest is welcome.

The Benefits of Better Rest


If you can reduce sleep disruptions and get better rest, you may find that it benefits other areas of life in menopause, too.

A senior couple dancing in their living room

Better Focus

With fewer sleep disruptions, you’ll have more energy to exercise and stay focused on a balanced diet to reduce the natural weight gain that occurs for many people during menopause.

The increased exercise will also help with keeping bones strong and healthy as you age.

Better Coping with Mood Swings

The increased quality rest at night will help you to better cope with hormonal imbalances and mood swings that occur around this time. You’ll likely find it easier to work, do chores, and run errands, getting more accomplished during the day.

Reduce Anxiety

More quality sleep that benefits your daily routines is also going to help cut down on the anxiety produced by not being able to function well and enjoy time with family and friends.

Better Quality of Life

A weighted blanket can help to create a better quality of life at this stage, instead of it being a time to just “get through.” You’ll want to continue creating great memories and being productive. There’s no reason you can’t.

Weighted Blankets and Hot Flashes


Even though there are many potential benefits from using a weighted blanket during menopause, there is also the issue of hot flashes and night sweats.

These occurrences are too common to be ignored when using a weighted blanket.

A woman having a hot flash using a fan to cool off

If you suffer from hot flashes and night sweats during menopause and you want to use a weighted blanket, there are some things you can do. Try the following tips to stay cooler and get good effects:

  • Use a tabletop fan to stay cooler.
  • Turn down the thermostat to slightly less than you normally do.
  • Sleep with only the weighted blanket.
  • Keep your feet out from under the blanket.
  • Use cooling packs under the blanket.
  • Turn up the A/C to slightly above where you normally would.
  • Wear specially designed pajamas for wicking away moisture.

Use these ideas to help you stay under your weighted blanket for relief from sleep issues, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

Fortunately for people in menopause, weighted blanket manufacturers have listened to customer feedback and have designed special weighted blankets that reduce heat buildup and are more breathable.

These are intended for hot sleepers and are the solution for night sweats and hot flashes.

Cooling Weighted Blankets for Menopause


Even though the tips above will help you stay cooler under your weighted blanket, manufacturers have already taken steps to address the needs of hot sleepers, which can certainly apply to people experiencing menopause.

Woman laying in bed fanning herself

Specialized Cooling Weighted Blankets

They have done so with the development of cooling weighted blankets. These products are made using specialized technology, materials, and construction to reduce heat buildup and keep the sleeper cool and dry.

Cooling weighted blankets use features such as breathable bamboo and cotton fabrics, less synthetic filling, glass beads for less heat buildup, and special technologies like Coolmax.

A specially designed cooling weighted blanket may be just what’s needed to enable a person in menopause to experience natural relief from some of the uncomfortable aspects that come with this change of life.

Two Top-Rated Cooling Weighted Blankets

Our son is a hot sleeper, and we chose the Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket, with Coolmax technology and two removable covers for his comfort and sleep support.

The other weighted blanket manufacturer that runs a close second for us is YnM. They offer quality products and a variety of options, including a cooling version with bamboo and sets with removable covers.

You can read our more detailed reviews of these two weighted blankets with cooling features:

Our Personal Review of the Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket

The YnM Weighted Blanket Review

As indicated, both of the weighted blankets highlighted above come with removable covers. It’s an important feature for easier cleaning and care if you find yourself getting warm at night.

You’ll be able to keep your blanket feeling fresh and clean, which is also important for sleep. And, using a removable duvet cover means not having to drag around the heavy weight of the inner blanket to keep it clean.

If you’re experiencing menopause, and you want the benefits of a weighted blanket, you don’t have to give them up because of hot flashes or night sweats.

A product with cooling technology will probably be the best weighted blanket for menopause, allowing you to experience better sleep and energy.

40 thoughts on “Weighted Blankets for Menopause”

  1. This is an interesting topic regarding menopause and the type of sheets used when sleeping.  I never thought that a weighted sheet would have such an effect on a person.

    Humans like to be touched, I think it is a necessary human need and without it, we are left feeling empty.  You say that weighted blankets will help with these restless nights that are common with women with menopause.

    Having good sleep is so important to your overall health, so if the blanket helps with less anxiety and stress it has to be a good thing to use every night.

    Staying healthy mentally and physically is the most important task a human can achieve.  I think weighted sheets look amazing and will take this advice on board.

    1. Hi Kris;

      We want to make sure you are not confused in your comment. These are not sheets, they’re blankets. There is such a thing as compression sheets that are used for much the same purpose, but that’s a different product than these blankets.

      Yes, you are right about the need for quality sleep. It’s becoming a big problem in parts of the world and it’s so important for both good physical and mental health.

      Keep in mind that weighted blankets are good for all ages. You may find the post on weighted blankets for adults useful for yourself.

      We wish you all the best with sleep and rest.
      Stella

  2. This is such a helpful review. I have a medically induced menopause. I’m close to menopause but had to get the ovaries removed and this spiraled the menopause. I haven’t had a full night of sleep without heat flush interruption for almost three months. When the hot flash happens and I have the room cooler than normal, hubbie struggles. The weighted cooling blanket looks like a God sent. I like the choice for the covers with hot and cold. I pray that this works out. 

    The balnkets are very affordable but I notice the price is based on the weight. Do you recommend a heeavier blanket, 10 lbs as opposed to 5lbs?

    1. Hi Zikora;

      Yes, a weighted blanket is a great product to help with sleep. But we would caution that they’re aren’t meant to cool you down during a hot flash. They are meant to help with sleep and anxiety, and they are called a cooling weighted blanket because they are specially designed to not retain as much heat as a regular weighted blanket. Just keep that in mind if you decide to get one.

      As to the weight, the general rule for adults in order to get the full effect of deep touch pressure, is you need to go with 10% of your body weight, give or take to get the one nearest to the sizes available. If you get warm easily, we would recommend rounding down to the nearest size so there isn’t as much weight. There isn’t any exact formula because everyone is different. Some people like more weight and some like less. Our son could have gone with a 20-pound blanket, but because he is a hot sleeper, he went with a 15-pound blanket.

      We hope this helps, and we wish you all the best.
      Stella

  3. I had not heard of the benefits of weighted blankets for menopause, but after reading through your post, the concept makes perfect sense to me. My wife went through menopause quite a few years ago now, but we both remember the discomfort that she had to deal with.

    At that time, we were in Germany and using feather blankets year-round (light versions in the Summer, heavier versions in the Winter) and these were heavier than the normal blankets and sheets that are commonly used in the USA and other areas. We really enjoyed these blankets.

    They may very well have helped her during the menopause, and we di not even know it. I have asked her, and she says that the sleep she got during that time was good, but did not know if it had anything to do with the heavier nature of the blankets.

    These days with the advances in technology, the cooling weighted blankets mean that you can get the benefit without experiencing any discomfort at all, no matter what part of the world you may be in. I have bookmarked this article for my girls, who are getting close to the menopausal stage of their life. Thanks very much for putting this together…

    1. Hi Dave;

      You may be quite right about the heavier blankets that your wife used in Germany. When our son was little he loved to snuggle under a heavy homemade quilt my step-grandmother made for us. Turns out he also benefits from a weighted blanket.

      Also, he’s a hot sleeper, much like someone who is in menopause. So, we got him a cooling weighted blanket and he uses a fan, too. These specially designed blankets work well for people who get warm at night.

      I’m glad you find the post helpful and all the best to your girls.
      Stella

  4. Hi there so I have been going through your site, and am sad to say that I am not female. So I have asked my wife some questions about it. She has taken a look at your site and is very impressed. She would like to say there is a lot of really good information for women on this site, and it should be shared. So that’s what I am going to do. I will share this page on my face book Thank You.

    1. Hi Trevor;

      Thanks for sharing the post/website on Facebook. We try to provide lots of information so different groups of people can learn about the benefits of using a weighted blanket for better sleep and rest.

      All the best,
      Stella

  5. Thank God I finally found a comprehensive article to help me back up my claim on how weighty blanket is good for Women who’ve reached menopause. I was discussing this with my aunt few days ago, but she never took me serious. From my little research a weighted blanket may help you relax and sleep better If you have sleep problems related to menopause, and I’m glad you mentioned that in this article.

    Regards!

    1. Hi Jordan;

      We’re glad you find the article helpful. Yes, a weighted blanket can be very helpful with lack of sleep and anxiety during menopause.

      All the best to your aunt,
      Stella

  6. These are very helpful tips for someone that is thinking about getting a weighted blanket but suffers from hot flashes from either menopause or any other condition. Personally I get very hot but I love my weighted blanket. It feels like you’re being cuddled in your sleep. But when I get hot I do use a box fan and it helps!!

    1. Hi Vanissa;

      Yes, hot flashes and night sweats can come from many conditions besides menopause. I know people who get them from digestive problems and medication.

      I’m glad to hear you find comfort in using a weighted blanket and a fan is a great idea to help stay cool if it gets warm under the blanket. You might find this post about using a weighted blanket in summer helpful, too.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences,
      Stella

  7. This was amazing.  I had a friend over and we both read your post.  My friend is going through menopause and has all the symptoms like restless legs, anxiety, sleep deprived.  I thought of her right away.  She read it and we both found the information full of fabulous information.

    I am going to bookmark this to share with other girl friends that I have.  Although I am not in menopause YET!!!! It is just around the corner.

    Awesome job.

    1. Hi Coralie;

      I’m glad this post was helpful for you and your friend. Yes, you can have many symptoms of menopause even before you get there fully.

      A weighted blanket can be a helpful tool for this transition time.

      All the best to you both,
      Stella

  8. Loss of sleep makes it so much harder to have a productive day and feel like yourself. Any tool that can help bring more peaceful and deeper sleep is a great idea! The weighted blankets are on my list of things to try, and although a regular one would be great in cooler months, it seems like a cooling one might be perfect for summer if the other tips don’t help stay cool at night.

    1. Hi Aly;

      Yes, the improvement with sleep using a weighted blanket can certainly affect how productive you are throughout the day.

      You might find a cooling weighted blanket fine for winter months, too. They are designed to be more breathable and cooler for hot sleepers, but they won’t make you feel cold by any means.

      Our personal choice for our son is a cooling weighted blanket that comes with 2 removable covers: one is cooling and one is plush for warmth. He’s a hot sleeper generally, so they can be changed when the need suits him.

      All the best with your sleep,
      Stella

  9. I know a lot of people who should use a weighted blanket for menopause. Hot flashes can be horrible to deal with, from what I heard, so I think women with menopause or approaching menopause should try a weighted cooling blanket. 

    Plus, weighted blankets are beneficial in other ways too, from what I’ve read. 

    1. Hi Nate;

      Yes, weighted blankets are great for many of the symptoms of menopause, including insomnia, aches and pains, and restlessness at night. And, the more breathable cooling weighted blankets are better for someone who is experiencing a lot of hot flashes because they normally work better for hot sleepers.

      Thanks for stopping by Nate,
      Stella

  10. An interesting article on menopause and truthfully, I never knew a weighted blanket could have such effects on their users.

    Most women are ignorant about the information in this post and they would think it is very normal for them to suffer this sweats by making use of weighted blankets and sheets. I really wish to help out a lot of people by sharing this out to all menopause women especially through my mom because she belongs to a bunch of them on Facebook. This would definitely be a big help to them all. Thanks for sharing this article.

    1. Hi there;

      It’s nice to see men take an interest in menopause for the women in their lives. Although, men can also experience a similar condition called andropause.

      Yes, these weighted blankets can help with many of the symptoms. And the cooling version is the best choice for anyone having hot flashes and night sweats.

      The kind of benefits you can get from a weighted blanket apply to many groups of people. Insomnia and restlessness are pretty common for a large percentage of the population.

      I hope it helps your mom,
      Stella

  11. Being a man sometimes has benefits but sleep deprivation affects us all.
    I had never thought of using a weighted blanket as  I use a lite Doona year in and out.
    However, we have a warmer climate in Australia although a quick search showed me
    many retailers with the product.

    A great review of a product I was unaware of.
    Peter H

    1. Hi Peter;

      Don’t count yourself out too quickly. There is such a thing as “male menopause.” It’s called andropause. So it is possible for men to experience those symptoms, too. Lol

      And, yes, weighted blankets can benefit anyone who responds well to deep pressure stimulation. So, they’re great for many demographics and conditions.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Stella

  12. I’ve heard a bit about weighted blankets, mostly as pertaining to those with autism, but I hadn’t heard about weighted blankets pertaining to menopause until reading your post here. This is a really interesting idea, and if the good side of the coin prevails then it might be a brilliant one as well. A cooling weighted blanket is a great idea. We have heated blankets, so why not cooling ones as well? This is a great idea and post that I’ll be sharing with some older lady friends, well done!

    1. Hi Pentrental;

      Yes, weighted blankets are good for so many conditions and issues, including sleep, anxiety, general aches and pains, restless legs, and much more.

      The cooling weighted blankets work well for people who wanted the benefits of the added weight, but are hot sleepers. Those blankets are more breathable and don’t retain heat as well as regular weighted blankets.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
      Stella

  13. Hello Stella, I’m really glad to have come across this post on weighted blanket for menopause, because although my wife is already getting anxious about her not being able to carry babies anymore. Although menopause I still about 4years away from her, yet she still gets the sleepless nights and anxiety. Coming across this post gives me some sort of relief. Her not sleeping at night is sadenning. I’ll get these weighted blanket and hopefully she will he able to sleep. Thanks for sharing this useful information. 

    1. Hi Dane;

      There is actually a period of time before menopause where many people experience the symptoms of hot flashes, insomnia and other discomforts. This may be what is happening to your wife.

      A weighted blanket could certainly help with insomnia and general aches and pains, but because of the potential for hot flashes, we recommend a cooling weighted blanket.

      All the best to your wife,
      Stella 

  14. Wow, this post is a very helpful one and I don’t think I knew about blankets that are helpful for women in their menopausal period. I actually have a friend who has complained to me about some menopause discomfort faced especially at night and I feel for her. This is going to change everything because she’ll be getting a weighted blanket. All thanks to you. I’m grateful for the help.

    1. Hi Henderson;

      Yes, weighted blankets can really be helpful for the discomforts of menopause. I hope your friend finds it useful for her issues. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      All the best to you both,
      Stella

  15. I certainly did not know about deep touch pressure and how it can help you relax. I’m with you that a good’s night sleep will have a big impact on the rest of your day, so I’m all for having better sleep every night. 

    I’m usually quite warm at night so the idea of the cooling weighted blankets is something that I’ll have to look into a bit more. 

    What are the covers for the blankets made of? 

    1. Hi Petra;

      Yes, a good night’s sleep is essential to functioning during daily activities. If you’re a hot sleeper like our son, you might find our personal review of the Degrees of Comfort blanket helpful. We also have another post covering other cooling weighted blankets.

      The covers are made of different materials that can include: cotton, bamboo, plush Minky, and other materials. The Degrees of Comfort blanket has 2 removable covers. One has Coolmax microfiber technology and the other is plush for warmth. You can choose the one that suits your needs. It’s one of the reasons we really like that blanket.

      We wish you all the best,
      Stella

  16. Well, at 47 I’m not quite menopausal yet, but I’ve had many of the sleep problems you mentioned for my entire life. When I first heard of weighted blankets I felt I had to have one. I even wondered if there was a way to make my own that wouldn’t involve using weights or heavy leather. I really am glad to know that more research is being done to help women in this condition. As I approach this dreaded phase of life, I’d like to focus on good news, and you have certainly shared some. I’m going to look more into this now. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Cathy;

      Yes, if you already have sleep issues, there is the possibility of them increasing in menopause. And, you’re right, we need to focus on the positive things that we can control.

      Using a weighted blanket and finding ways to stay cool are good things to help make the situation better. You might find our post with tips for using a weighted blanket in summer helpful, too.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts,
      Stella

  17. Well, thank you for this great review. That’s so cool that they actually have weighted blankets designed to prevent heat build-up. That sounds like an important factor to consider. 

    I like your other suggestion of just turning down the thermostat or turning off the air conditioner to create a cooler room temperature, then when you get under the blanket it won’t make you feel as hot. In fact sometimes when the room is cold and you can get nice and warm under the blanket, that is really comfortable for some reason.

    Weighted blankets can help people in menopause because of the deep touch pressure helping them get a good sleep at a time when they otherwise might struggle to sleep. And a lot of other reasons too. Great article and thanks for teaching me something I didn’t know today.

    1. Hi there;

      Yes, the manufacturing of weighted blankets designed to stay cooler is a good thing for people in menopause because of the arrival of hot flashes and night sweats.

      It certainly allows people who want the weighted blanket benefits to continue to enjoy them without worrying as much about heat buildup.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Stella

  18. I’m not too familiar with weighted blankets but I do know about weighted vests. I work in the field of caring for autistic kids and my student has to wear one. The weighted vest is for sensory needs. But it also does a good job at keeping my student calm and relaxed. I definitely can see how these weighted blankets can help women out who are going through menopause. The weight does justice to my student so I’m sure the blanket has the same qualities if not more, being as though a person can wrap it around their whole body.

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, weighted products are helping many people in many areas of life.

      All the best,
      Stella

  19. Hi Stella, thank you for the post! It was very clear, simple and informative. Most of the women do not get prepared to face this important stage of life. Every women, even relatives must be well informed about menopause. I did not know about the weighted blanket and the benefits which can make a big difference in people’s lives.

    1. Hello Eva;

      Yes, weighted blankets can make a difference for menopause and they do for many women. We’re glad you found the post helpful.

      Stella

  20. Wow! What a great article. Personally I didn’t know much about weighted blankets, but after going through the post, I have come to learn what they are and their purpose. I truly believe that they will be of benefit to my mum who is already at that menopause age. I will be looking forward to learning more about this by subscribing to your newsfeed. Thank you for sharing such an informative post, also I like the way you attached the affiliate links this will make it easier when it comes to the purchase process, I have really learnt a lot from you.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Joy;

      Yes, weighted blankets can be useful for people in menopause. Perhaps you could share the info with your mom and let her see if it’s a good choice for her situation.

      All the best to you both,
      Stella

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