What Weight Blanket Should I Get

Scott Gurfein
Updated: 17, September, 2020

What Weight Blanket Should I Get? #1 Guide

Your weighted blanket should be customized to you! Before you buy, take into consideration fabrics, fillers, and sizing. As a good rule of thumb, your weighted blanket should be 10% of your body weight. If you don't get the right size blanket for your body and bed, you won't get the full benefits of Deep Pressure Stimulation. 

What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are among the most beneficial and useful natural sleep aids. Fillers, such as glass beads, steel balls, and plastic pellets, provide additional weight, compressing your central nervous system, and improving your sleep quality. For this reason, many people use weighted blankets nightly—but they don't just help you sleep better. Weighted blankets use a type of pressure therapy known as Deep Pressure Stimulation to help your body produce endorphins aiding in the symptoms of several emotional and physical conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. This sets weighted blankets apart as one of the most productive and essential tools to improve your everyday life. 

How does it work?

Weighted blankets are applicators of Deep Pressure Stimulation. This is an occupational therapist-recommended method of increasing your body's beneficial sleep productivity through your central nervous system's compression. The blanket's added weight is a little like a tight hug or being swaddled. This stimulates your nervous system. Not only does it provide a pleasurable physical sensation, but it also begins the production of vital chemicals. These are endorphins, like serotonin (the "feel-good" chemical) and melatonin, which helps you sleep. Unlike a hug, a weighted blanket provides an even, long-lasting compression that allows for the consistent release of these chemicals, providing reliable relief. 

Weighted blankets help children and adults with these medical conditions

Along with providing a restful night's sleep, DPS's physical and chemical benefits help with a variety of different ailments. These include mental and physical conditions hindering productive sleep, negatively impacting day-to-day life. 

Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder suffered by about 264 million people in the world. It's characterized by a persistently depressed mood and loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment to daily life. Weighted blankets are a useful tool in combatting symptoms of depression. DPS actively produces both serotonin and oxytocin, which patients with depression often struggle to provide on their own. Weighted blankets can also aid in symptoms related to this disorder, such as insomnia. 

Insomnia

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. Those with insomnia who use weighted blankets regularly not only see an improved quality of sleep, they also suffer fewer daytime symptoms, like headaches and mood swings.

Anxiety

This is a mental disorder characterized by excessive, pervasive worry or fixation, and impacts 40 million Americans. 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, proving the effectiveness of DPS as a tool for anxiety. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental impairment impacting how someone socializes with others. A weighted blanket is an excellent tool to help those with autism spectrum disorder cope with stressful external stimuli. DPS can also 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, a weighted blanket is an excellent option for receiving the benefit of physical affection. 

ADHD (in children)

About 5% of American children suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 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. When children sleep deeper, they often perform better in school, are more sociable, and are happier.

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. 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. 
For this same reason, DPS can also help with muscle soreness associated with sports, work, or day-to-day life. It's also effective in treating physical symptoms of conditions resulting in limb pain, such as diabetes and restless legs syndrome.

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the presence of unwanted thoughts or triggers in response to a traumatic event. It can lead to anxiety, night terrors, and insomnia. The combined power of serotonin and melatonin fight against these symptoms, making a weighted blanket a useful tool in managing symptoms of PTSD. However, long-term care, such as therapy and medication, is necessary to resolve the disorder. 

Other benefits of using a weighted blanket

No matter how you sleep, you can benefit from a weighted blanket. Here are some of the things they can do for you:

Better Quality Sleep

The signature benefit of weighted blankets is how well you'll sleep. DPS helps you stay relaxed, sleep deeply, and wake refreshed. 

You Sleep Longer

Weighted blankets compress evenly and consistently, providing equal Deep Pressure Stimulation throughout the night. As a result of this boost in your ability to produce melatonin, you sleep through the night.

Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker

Serotonin is the first endorphin released by DPS. As a result, your body relaxes, and you're able to fall asleep that much faster. 

Alleviates Stress

DPS is like a massage. However, the wide-ranging, full-body compression lasting your slumber's entire duration provides stress-relieving benefits that lasts well into the daytime! (And no one ever said you could only use it at night, either!)

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

A good rule of thumb is that your blanket is equal to approximately 10% of your body weight. With that in mind, there are a few more considerations: 
  • Your blanket should fit your bed. (Snuggle Pro makes sizing easy!)
  • If you're sleeping with a partner, your blanket should be 10% of your combined body weight and still sized to fit your bed. 

Weighted blanket weight guide

Individual Weight
Combined Weight (Couples)
Blanket Weight
30-50lbs.
N/A
5lbs.
50-70lbs.
N/A
7lbs.
70-100lbs.
N/A
10lbs.
100-160lbs.
150-200lbs.
15lbs.
160-230lbs.
200-250lbs.
20lbs.
230lbs.+
250-300lbs.
25lbs.
*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

So, you're thinking about getting a weighted blanket? Great! Here are a few essential things to know before you buy.

1. Size

As stressed above, size is essential. This is because if you choose the wrong size for your body weight, DPS can't do its work correctly. If your blanket doesn't fit your bed, it might end up falling throughout the night. Although Snuggle Pro's paneled fabric design is specially made to keep from sliding and bunching. 

2. Fillings

Fillings are 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 filler's inconsistent sizing often makes for thicker blankets that don't compress as evenly.
  • Polyplastic pellets are also on the larger size. They can also be loud, and sometimes smell chemical-y! If you're buying polyplastic, make sure it's a good brand.
  • 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!

3. Fabric

Sometimes people buy weighted blankets that aren't useable year-round, which is really frustrating. This comes down to the fabric your blanket is made with, so before you buy, here are a few things that might help!
  • 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. 
Are you looking for a blanket you can use year-round? Do you wish you could have Bamboo in the summer and Minky in the winter? Check out Snuggle Pro's innovative line of reversible products to make your weighted blanket fantasies come true.

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