What Size Weighted Blanket Should I Use

Scott Gurfein
Updated: 17, September, 2020

What Size Weighted Blanket Should I Use? #1 Guide

You want to buy a weighted blanket that's 10 percent of your body weight. That means getting a 20-pound blanket if you weigh around 200 pounds. You also want to make sure your blanket is suitable for your bed, such as getting a twin-sized blanket if you sleep on a twin-sized mattress.

What is a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket is specifically designed to be heavy. Most end up weighing between 5 and 30 pounds. You should be able to feel the pressure of the weight bearing down on you, but it's not uncomfortable. In fact, it can help you sleep better at night.
The extra weight comes courtesy of the blanket's filler material. Glass beads are the filler of choice for many companies (including us at Snuggle Pro), but others use steel shots, sand, and even rice in the blankets' construction. The cover material also plays a vital role in your comfort. Cotton is breathable and durable, but you may find some blankets made out of silk, fleece, or plush.

How does it work?

Weighted blankets utilize Deep Pressure Stimulation. This is a calm-inducing therapy where pressure gets applied over your entire body. It's the same as being held, swaddled, or hugged.
Through that constant pressure, the brain releases valuable neurotransmitters. Chemicals like serotonin and oxytocin help regulate your mood. Meanwhile, melatonin assists with getting your sleep cycle back on track. It's a natural way to receive those substances, which is why weighted blankets are recommended for various health conditions.

Weighted blankets help children and adults with these medical conditions

If you or your child gets diagnosed with a medical problem, then you should undergo treatment to get it under control. A weighted blanket can help immensely when used in tandem with other treatments.

Depression

Depression generally results in a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. Negative thoughts and behaviors can manifest from this condition, and some people end up with sleeping problems.
Extra serotonin in the brain, which a weighted blanket releases, can help regulate your mood and anxiety. Oxytocin helps combat stress. There are medications you can take to receive more of these chemicals, but a weighted blanket can help you receive them naturally.

Insomnia

Insomnia consists of problems going to bed and staying asleep all night. Primary insomnia occurs when you just have problems sleeping. Secondary insomnia occurs when your sleeping problems are a result of another health condition, such as depression, arthritis, or heartburn.
A weighted blanket can be the cure no matter what type of insomnia you have. Melatonin is your body's chemical for regulating your sleep patterns. By getting more as you lie in bed, you tell your body it's time to rest. You can finally get a good night's sleep so that you can go to work the next day feeling great.

Anxiety

Anxiety is what your body experiences when you're in a stressful situation. However, some people feel anxiety when everything is fine. This is an anxiety disorder, and it can interfere with your relationships and sleep.
Anxiety often leads to a spike in cortisol in the body. Serotonin helps combat cortisol so that you feel less stressed out and can sleep comfortably.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many people exist on the autism spectrum. It often leads to difficulty communicating and connecting with other people. Children and adults alike can suffer from this, and it often leads to anxiety.
Feeling stressed makes it tough to sleep well. You need more serotonin in your body, which Deep Pressure Stimulation provides. It can be particularly troublesome for kids who can't sleep at night, which is why many therapists recommend these blankets for children with autism.

ADHD (in children)

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are often impulsive and inattentive. Parents and teachers often recognize the signs when kids don't do as well in school. That hyperactivity can extend into the evening, and many kids with ADHD have problems going to sleep.
The weight of a gravity blanket helps calm kids with ADHD. It's more difficult to fidget and move around in bed when a blanket is over you. This allows children with this medical condition to rest peacefully and get a full 9 hours of rest at night.

Chronic Pain

Not all pain goes away on its own. Some discomfort lasts for months or even years. This pain can crop up at any time, including in the evening when you just want to go to sleep.
Fortunately, weighted blankets are a great tool for people in this category. The extra pressure helps relieve tension and reduce stress. You enjoy pain relief as you rest, but you should talk to a doctor about treatments for managing chronic pain during the day.

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects people years after the inciting incident. Numerous people, from soldiers to survivors of abuse, experience intense symptoms with PTSD, including depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
Many doctors suggest Deep Pressure Stimulation for people with this condition. Melatonin helps you go to sleep at night more easily. Serotonin allows your body to relax. A weighted blanket helps alleviate many of the symptoms of this condition so that you can at least get some peace at night.

Other benefits of using a weighted blanket

Anyone can purchase a weighted blanket. If you think you could benefit from more restorative sleep, then consider the following advantages of having your very own gravity blanket.

Better Quality Sleep

Your mind goes through several phases as you rest. REM is the most well-known and important in helping you wake up refreshed. A weighted blanket can help you get through every stage so that you don't wake up feeling groggy despite lying in bed for 8 hours.

You Sleep Longer

Numerous things can wake you up at night. Loud noises from outside or a nightmare could force you to bolt up out of bed. It can be tough going back to sleep. But with a weighted blanket, you can sleep for longer stretches of time and go to sleep more easily if you do wake up.

Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker

A weighted blanket can prevent you from staring at the ceiling for hours on end. However, other actions can help with this. Avoid looking at your smartphone or watching TV when you lie down to go to sleep.

Alleviates Stress

Even if you don't have an anxiety disorder, stress affects everyone. You may worry about a big project at work or school. This stress only gets worse if you don't get a good night's rest. Luckily, a weighted blanket helps calm your body and mind while giving you the sleep you need to feel better the next morning.

10 percent rule: A guideline to choosing the best weighted blanket for you

To benefit from all this, you need the right weighted blanket. That's why you need to follow the 10 percent rule. This states that your blanket should be 10 percent of whatever you weigh. The table below breaks this down further for both children and adults.

Weighted blanket size and weight guide

Individual Weight
Combined Weight (Couples)
Blanket Weight
Blanket Size
30-50lbs.
N/A
5lbs.
36"x48"
50-70lbs.
N/A
7lbs.
41"x60"
70-100lbs.
N/A
10lbs.
41"x60"
100-160lbs.
150-200lbs.
15lbs.
48"x72" Twin
60"x80" Queen
160-230lbs.
200-250lbs.
20lbs.
60"x80"
230lbs.+
250-300lbs.
25lbs.
80"x87"
*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.

Additional things to look for in a weighted blanket

Getting the right weight is critical. But it's also important that your blanket is the right size and is made from the right materials to keep you cozy all night long.

1. Size

In general, your blanket should be the size of your mattress. Snuggle Pro offers an array of sizes from twin to king. However, you may need something a little larger if you plan on sharing your weighted blanket with a partner. That way you each benefit from the application of pressure.

2. Fillings

Premium, non-toxic glass beads are your best bed for a blanket's filling material. And this is precisely what Snuggle Pro offers. These beads are what give the blanket its weight. But different fillers also apply weight differently. Luckily, glass beads are smooth to the touch and noiseless, so you sleep soundly underneath them.

3. Fabric

Cotton is the superior fabric; that's why we use 100 percent organic, hypoallergenic cotton in all of our Snuggle Pro blankets! It's breathable, so your body remains comfortable no matter what temperature it is outside. It's durable to last you for years. And it's machine washable, so you can throw it in your home's washer to keep clean. Other fabrics, such as fleece and flannel, aren't suitable for certain times of the year and require special cleaning processes.

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