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Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:04 PM

Weighted blankets - a newer concept to me. Experiences with, please.

I'm good with the idea of enabling better sleep.

Apparently weighted blankets are supposed to be good for this - calming, easing anxiety, etc.
They come in various weights, which may have to do with one's own weight and size.
What is the base fabric, and does it make a difference, other than the obvious - cleaning/washing the blanket?
Brands?

I am old, with middle-aged adult children.
Am thinking of gifting them, or some of them, with such for Christmas, if they seem worthwhile.

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Reply Weighted blankets - a newer concept to me. Experiences with, please. (Original post)
No Vested Interest Nov 2019 OP
tulipsandroses Nov 2019 #1
No Vested Interest Nov 2019 #2
tulipsandroses Nov 2019 #4
yellowdogintexas Nov 2019 #3
magicarpet Nov 2019 #5
patricia92243 Nov 2019 #6
No Vested Interest Nov 2019 #7
patricia92243 Nov 2019 #8
Karadeniz Nov 2019 #9
PennyK Sep 2020 #10

Response to No Vested Interest (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:11 PM

1. I'm not sold on the idea of better sleep - but maybe the one I bought was not

the best quality. But I will say it was comforting. It did feel calming - I don't think it improved my sleep though. The extra weight was comforting though. Again, it might have something to do with the quality of the one I bought. I got mine at Walmart.

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Response to tulipsandroses (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:17 PM

2. Good input. I'm wondering if some name brands produce them as well as

the expected generic types.

What was the weight of yours, if you don't mind?
Are you still using it - sounds as though you've given it up.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:26 PM

4. It was 15 lbs. I actually liked it, I donated it to Goodwill because I relocated for a job

I found it was cheaper to replace most items than to pay to move them across states. I'm not against getting another one in the future.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:24 PM

3. One of my friends has one and loves it

I looked at some in Costco and they appear to have nice soft fabric like a normal blanket.

We have 2 or 3 electric blankets which no longer work and they are pretty heavy Sleeping under a couple of those would provide weight.

I decided I needed to know more after reading your post and found this in a quick Google search

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/weighted-blanket-for-anxiety-review#3

They appear to replicate many of the benefits of deep tissue massage.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 07:40 PM

5. More info you might find helpful....

Section from link below about how weighted/filled....


Micro Glass Bead Filling

Micro glass beads make your weighted blanket heavy. They're so fine, they feel almost like sand in your hands. Because of their compact size, we can create the necessary weight without much volume. They are super dense, smooth, and secured between layers of polyfill, so you can barely feel them in the blanket. They are also non-toxic and made of recycled glass to be better for the environment.

Much more at link below....


https://gethoneybird.com/pages/perfect-weighted-blanket

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Response to No Vested Interest (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 08:03 PM

6. Made my arthritis and other aches and pains worse.

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Response to patricia92243 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 08:06 PM

7. Sorry to know that. Could it be that possibly your movements in bed

were fewer, and movement is good for someone with arthritis?

(I had osteoarthritis in knees, but both were replaced over 15 yrs ago.)

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 08:08 PM

8. Yes. I'm sure that was it exactly.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:37 AM

9. My high-functioning autistic grandson swears by his.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Original post)

Sat Sep 5, 2020, 12:12 PM

10. If you have a heavier quilt, try that first

I've always preferred a heavy covering at night, and when weighted blankets became a thing, it started to make sense.
I've figured out recently that if I stretch out my legs at night, and tuck the blanket snugly under my feet, that I'm much less prone to cramps and restless leg twitches.

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