Weighted Blanket Recommendations

Scott Gurfein
Updated: 17, September, 2020

Recommending A Weighted Blanket: What To Look For

Find a fabric that's right for your body. Cotton to stay cool, Minky for warmth. Also, place particular interest in finding a filler for consistent compression, such as glass beads. When you're looking at sizing, select a blanket that's 10% of your body weight and fits your bed. 

What is a weighted blanket?

These blankets are designed with extra weight, typically between 5-30 pounds, to provide compression as you sleep. Depending on the brand, special fillers provide excess weight, such as glass beads, steel balls, and organic materials (rice, beans, and sand, to name a few). One of the best features of weighted blankets is that, when choosing yours, you have a lot of options! Those who prefer optimal softness and warmth when sleeping, for instance, can select Minky (also great for kids!), while those who prefer a cooler sleep experience year-round tend to stick with 100% cotton. That's why here at Snuggle Pro we use a fabulous and sustainable 100% Oeko-Tex hypoallergenic cotton that's so soft!

How does it work?

Have you ever gotten an excellent massage? It's a little like that. 
Weighted blankets are productive applicators of a therapy known as Deep Pressure Stimulation. This is an occupational therapist-recommended method of increasing your body's beneficial chemical production through your central nervous system's compression. The blanket's extra weight simulates a hug, swaddling, or being spooned, which stimulates your nervous system. As with a massage, the deep touch sensation releases endorphins, like serotonin (the "feel-good" chemical) and melatonin, which helps you sleep. Unlike a massage, a weighted blanket provides an even, long-lasting compression that allows for the consistent release of these chemicals, providing reliable relief. 

Weighted blankets are a great help for these medical conditions

Weighted blankets are also medical tools. They have been recommended for use to soothe symptoms of conditions like: 

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a condition categorized by the sudden urge to move the legs (sometimes referred to as "twitching") in the night, impacting sleep quality. 1 out of every 10 Americans suffers from this disorder, making it one of the most common sleep impairments. The compression of DPS helps increase blood flow to the limbs, which has been known to ease symptoms of RLS. For this reason, many with the disorder find weighted blankets useful tools in managing their condition.


Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. Approximately 10% of the population suffers from daytime symptoms of insomnia, including fatigue, headaches, and reduced cognitive function. One of the most popular features of weighted blankets is their ability to increase sleep quality. DPS works to first produce serotonin, the chemical associated with feelings of calm and relaxation. Once the serotonin kicks in, the body can then produce melatonin, which causes you to feel sleepy. As those with insomnia often struggle to produce these chemicals consistently, a weighted blanket is an excellent non-medicinal option to help get a good night's sleep. 


40 million U.S. adults suffer from anxiety. This is a mental disorder characterized by excessive, pervasive worry or fixation. A 2015 study showed that 63% of adults felt calmer after five minutes under a weighted blanket, and 78% said their blanket was their preferred method to achieve calmness. Weighted blankets can also effectively treat the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as acute high blood pressure, inability to sit still, and body aches. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder refers to a developmental impairment impacting how someone socializes with others. DPS can help manage the physical conditions associated with autism, such as metabolic issues (DPS aids in digestion), and physical ticks. It's also worth mentioning that, in some cases, a person with autism has a hard time accepting physical touch, in which case, weighted blanket is an excellent option for receiving the benefit of physical affection. 

ADHD (in children)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder impacts at least 5% of American children. This disorder is most commonly known for its association with a range of behavioral issues, such as hyperactivity and inability to focus. The DPS of a weighted blanket encourages regular serotonin production, which can help children find calm. Additionally, DPS can help with many of the side effects of ADHD, including anxiety, childhood insomnia, and general restlessness. 

Chronic Pain

50 million U.S. adults suffer from some form of chronic pain. This refers to long-term pain associated with a medical condition or injury. DPS has been shown to help manage both mental and physical symptoms at night, including insomnia, sleep anxiety, and restlessness. Like with RLS, this isn't merely because of the increased production of serotonin and melatonin, but also due to the increased blood flow throughout the body provided by the blanket's natural compression. 

Other benefits of sleeping with a weighted blanket

Even if you sleep well at night, a weighted blanket can improve your overall sleep health! Here's how: 

Better Quality Sleep

DPS is like getting a hug that lasts all night! Constant compression helps you stay relaxed, sleep more deeply, and wake refreshed. Benefits of better sleep include: 
  • Improved mood
  • Better cognitive function throughout the day
  • Reduced risk of anxiety, depression, and insomnia

You Sleep Longer

Consistent melatonin released throughout the night reduces your frequency of wake-ups.

Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker

The first chemical released by DPS is serotonin. Initially, serotonin helps you feel relaxed and comfortable. Then, the melatonin hits you, and before you know it, you're asleep! 

Alleviates Stress

The physical sensation of compression is similar to a personal massager, except all over your body. Even weight dispersion stimulates your central nervous system, instigates serotonin production, and reduces your overall stress.

Consider these 4 things when choosing a weighted blanket

When choosing your weighted blanket, it's important to remember that they aren't all the same. You need the blanket that's right for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 

Weight and Size

For DPS to do its work, your blanket must be the right size for your bed and body weight. Though Snuggle Pro makes this easy with their sizing guide, here are a few things to remember. 
  • Make sure it's sized for your bed. If it's too big, it could bunch up or even fall off. (Snuggle Pro's paneled fabric design helps prevent this!)
  • The general rule of thumb is your blanket should equal approximately 10% of your body weight. If you're buying as a couple, you should reference your combined weight.
Individual Weight
Combined Weight (Couples)
Blanket Weight
Blanket Size
48"x72" Twin
60"x80" Queen
*It's important to remember that a weighted blanket is not recommended for children under 2 years of age, even if they weigh at least 30lbs.


Your filling is essential in determining your blanket's comfort and effectiveness. Try to keep these things in mind as you're shopping: 
  • Organic material like rice, beans, and sand can be a cheaper option. However, the inconsistent sizing often makes for thicker blankets that don't compress as evenly. They can also be a little loud, so buyer beware!
  • Polyplastic pellets are also on the larger size. The quality of these blankets wholly depends on the plastic's quality, so if you're buying a poly plastic blanket, make sure it's a premium brand. (Also: some people report an unsavory smell with this type of filler, so keep that in mind.)
  • Glass beads are the prime option for most premium weighted blanket brands. The size (about the size of sugar) makes for consistent, reliable compression. The filler rarely shifts, so you don't have to worry about noise or discomfort, either. Snuggle Pro uses only premium glass beads as filler for their blankets and duvets!


This is pretty much the "face" of your blanket. It also determines whether your blanket is soft, comfortable, and usable year-round. Here are some of the standard fabrics used for weighted blankets: 
  • Minky is soft and silky. This is an excellent option for kids, as many baby blankets are already made from Minky. These blankets are great for staying warm on cold winter nights.
  • Cotton is light and breathable. It's the best option for your "middle ground" sleepers who are just as likely to be hot as cold, and it helps keep your body temperature regular. 
  • Bamboo is a luxurious fabric that works with your body to regulate temperature and evaporate sweat. Plus, it's just so soft. 
Can't choose? Snuggle Pro has a variety of reversible products great for all-season use! 

Machine Washable

This is important. If you put the wrong blanket in your washing machine, you could end up with a ruined blanket, a broken washer, or both. Size is important here. Some of the larger blankets for adults need a commercial washer because of their considerable weight. Some aren't machine washable at all, depending on fabric and filler type. All of Snuggle Pro's products are machine washable, and some even have a removable cover. That makes it so easy! 

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