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Oct 19, 2020 - 1:07:22 PM

mander

USA

4441 posts since 10/7/2007

I bought a weighed blanket the other day and I have mixed feelings. It's undoubtedly a cheap version, but it was what I could afford. I think the blanket has reduced my tossing and turning significantly, but, being cheap, the weight isn't evenly distributed and I have to go through a lot of motion to get it "just right" to aid in sleeping.

Mine is a 20 lb blanket, which I believe is considered heavy, but I could use a heavier one. Also, it seems small. It doesn't even cover a twin size bed.

Has anyone else tried a weighted blanket?

Oct 19, 2020 - 2:09:14 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25101 posts since 8/3/2003

No, and I don't intend to. I remember growing up we didn't have heat in the house at night (open air heaters back then) and we piled blankets on the bed so we could stay warm. I remember being almost smothered in blankets and hardly being able to move.

Give me a light weight electric blanket and a room of about 68 degrees and I'm a happy camper. Tamp me down with a weighted blanket and I doubt I'd sleep a wink.

I really don't understand why people would want to buy them or use them, but that's just me.

Oct 19, 2020 - 2:23:33 PM

Owen

Canada

6802 posts since 6/5/2011

Oct 19, 2020 - 3:28:51 PM

4014 posts since 11/29/2005

My complaint about weighted blankets would be (if I had to use one) is that they are much harder to toss off in the middle of the night. I'm always going from under to on top of the bedding, and have my entire life.

Oct 19, 2020 - 5:33:08 PM
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Why not just fill a couple of pillow cases with ZIPLOC (TM) bags full of sand?

Oct 20, 2020 - 7:36:12 AM
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Or just go back to letting the dogs on the bed?

Oct 20, 2020 - 7:46:37 AM
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There are some winter nights that I do miss Velocity Baskerville, my late great hound.
(What's the POINT of having a hound, if you can't name it BASKERVILLE??)


Oct 20, 2020 - 10:32:05 AM
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Brian T

Canada

17209 posts since 6/5/2008

I've been reading about the effects of heavily weighted blankets for insomniacs.
One sort has chain sewn into it for the weight. The evidence looks great for a non-pharma "fix" to help a lot of people get a good night's sleep.

I wish you well with it, Mander. Maybe put 2 together when you can afford another?

I'm the opposite. Big foot. Sasquatch. I can't stand the pressure of bedding on my big feet.
Never could. I don't tuck the sheets in at all. Some people need their feet crushed with 50 psi sheeting. Not me.
Bought queen-size fuzzy blankets for a regular double bed so lots of overhang.
Snuggle down under those two with the edges up the side of my neck,
Maybe 10 seconds and I'm gone for hours.

Oct 20, 2020 - 11:58:45 AM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11043 posts since 6/29/2003

My eldest twin daughter was diagnosed as autistic (aspergers) when she was young. One of the things that she says has helped her is a weighted blanket.

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:20:03 PM
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rinemb

USA

12654 posts since 5/24/2005

We used to sleep under a Hudson Bay Blanket along with another blanket as well. That is as heavy as I thought could be. Wife loved the weight. Me, I was happy to be warm. that said, I never even heard of weighted blankets and its benefits.
Brad

Oct 20, 2020 - 12:28:43 PM

9723 posts since 8/22/2006

Here is a perfect topic for someone with a nack for spinning words into a catchy tune (cough cough Mike Gregory) called Weighted Blankets

You hold me down against my will
Keep me from the spinning wheel
Resistance I can surly
Feel....
Weighted Blankets across my heels
Always heavy on my mind
thoughts of you another time
Drag me down like weighted fishing line
Weighted Blankets Across my spine

Chorus
Weighted Blankets
Weighted Blankets
Weighted Blankets bring back
heavy Memories

There got it started

Oct 21, 2020 - 3:55:43 PM
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6581 posts since 7/24/2013

Growing up poor, we’d pile under a stack of those horribly scratchy military blankets. I will never intentionally sleep under that much weight again.

Oct 21, 2020 - 4:21:34 PM

10340 posts since 2/22/2007

^^ This. I remember seeing my breath in bed while I could not even move under the stack of tan Navy surplus wool blankets. Turning on the heat must have been deemed too expensive.
See Mike, we have something in common after all.

Oct 21, 2020 - 4:48:32 PM

6581 posts since 7/24/2013

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Originally posted by banjo bill-e

^^ This. I remember seeing my breath in bed while I could not even move under the stack of tan Navy surplus wool blankets. Turning on the heat must have been deemed too expensive.
See Mike, we have something in common after all.


Those blankets coupled with a feather filled pillow that was brick hard and stabbed you in the face are not the "fond" memories I have of growing up broke. :) 

Oct 22, 2020 - 6:07:44 AM

3703 posts since 12/6/2009

When we were kids if we woke up with a heavy overcoat on top of the blankets we knew the fire must have gone out in the coal furnace……..I also had my beagle who liked to snuggle on cold mornings.
20 pound blankets??? Why not just keep a few cinder blocks handy….for emergency…..

Oct 22, 2020 - 9:29:08 PM
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When PTSD was a serious issue in my life, one of the only sources of relief for me was the weighted blanket that my therapist recommended.

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