Weighted blankets can improve your sleep quality by relieving stress and helping you overcome sleep disorders. However, with so many options, it can be hard to tell what to look for. If you’re wondering how to choose a weighted blanket, it isn't too tricky. You just need to consider a few factors (including your personal preferences) before you buy.
When choosing weighted blankets, look for one that is 10% of your body weight. While this is a good rule of thumb, we've found a few additional things you should consider.
First, is the blanket for an adult or a child? Second, consider the size of the bed that that person sleeps in and any personal comfort concerns (like if they’re a hot sleeper). Finally, you'll have to decide whether you want a standard weighted blanket or a throw.
In this post, we'll take a look at each of these factors to help you find the best weighted blanket for you.
Choosing a Weighted Blanket for a Child
Many parents often wonder how to choose a weighted blanket for their kids -- or if such a blanket is even appropriate. Before selecting a weighted blanket for a young child, it may help to consult with a professional medical practitioner.
Although this isn't always necessary, it can't hurt to get professional feedback on what different weights would be suitable for your child. However, generally, appropriately sized weighted blankets are considered to be safe for most children. At Hush, our standard 5-pound weighted blanket is perfect for young kids.
Some parents worry that a weighted blanket lighter than 10% of their child's body weight won't provide the calming effect that helps them fall asleep. They may also worry that their child will outgrow the weighted blanket in a few years. However, children can continue to use a Hush Kids blanket even when they weigh more than 50 pounds.
Please note that adult-sized weighted blankets could actually be dangerous for kids by increasing the risk of suffocation and reducing circulation. An unnecessarily heavy blanket can also reduce your child's nervous system's sensitivity to weighted blankets. It will teach their body to crave more weight than what is required, making weighted blankets less effective in the future.
Choosing a Weighted Blanket for Adults
Adults can also use guidance on how to choose a weighted blanket for themselves. You need to consider your mattress size, the number of people using the blanket, and your body weight.
For instance, a weighted blanket for a queen-size bed can weigh as much as 30 pounds, while a blanket for two sleepers on a king-size bed can weigh 35 pounds yet offer a nearly identical sleeping experience. Most people are happy with 15 or 20-pound weighted blankets for smaller twin-size beds and around 30 to 35 pounds for king-size beds.
Here are a few ways to figure out the best blanket cover size and weight for adults:
Take a Test Run
If the return policy allows, try sleeping under different blanket weights. If a blanket that is 10% of your body weight feels too heavy, choose a lighter option. For safety reasons, don’t go over 10% of your body weight.
If you're a hot sleeper, don’t worry about the added warmth of the blankets. Our Hush Iced 2.0 weighted blanket provides excellent body temperature control, even when the blanket is a full 10% of your body weight.
Make an Educated Estimate
Most adults feel happy with a 15 or 20-pound weighted blanket. But how does your bed size factor in? If you sleep alone in a king-size bed, should you order our 30-pound Hush Classic, or is a smaller size okay? While the bed size is a necessary factor to be considered, the weight rule is ALWAYS more important for getting a better night's sleep.
For example, if you weigh 135 pounds, you shouldn't buy a 30-pound weighted blanket. If you share a bed with your spouse, however, you can use your combined weight to determine the right size for your blanket.
In some cases, people should ignore bed size completely. For example, if you are using a weighted blanket during pregnancy, it should weigh close to 10% of your own body weight regardless of mattress size. Using a heavier blanket might feel too hot or uncomfortable, making it harder to sleep.
Most people think that blanket weight is not as important as blanket size, because they still only feel the weight of the portion of the weighted blanket that covers them.
However, the entire weight of the weighted blanket will still pull someone down. It is best to have a blanket that completely covers the body for better weight distribution during sleep. This way, you’ll get the soothing effects of deep touch pressure whether you sleep on your back or your side.
If you're still unsure what the best choice is, you can always consult a medical professional or an occupational therapist for guidance.
Should I Get a Weighted Throw Instead?
Selecting a weighted throw blanket is relatively easier because weighted throws will generally be lighter than 10% of your body weight. For instance, the Hush weighted throw weighs eight pounds.
People often use weighted throws to calm down while they are awake. This can actually help relax those who have ADHD, autism, restless leg syndrome, or even PTSD.
Weighted throws can be used for night-time sleeping, but they are also great for when you want to relax on the couch.
Don't forget about cleaning your weighted blanket or throw. Beloved blankets like these get a lot of use, and you want to keep them smelling fresh.
Quality blankets can be washed in a washing machine with gentle detergents that do not contain bleach. Avoid fabric conditioners too. Finally, although weighted blankets without plastic pellet filling can be put in a dryer, hang dry them to make them last longer.
Find the Best Weighted Blankets at Hush
Now that you've got a better idea of how to choose a weighted blanket, you may feel ready to make a purchase. Hush Blankets has you covered (no pun intended). Our high-quality blankets use deep touch pressure to help your body produce serotonin and reduce the stress hormone cortisol so you can fall asleep faster.
Using non-toxic glass beads as filler and super soft minky threading, our blankets offer comfort and luxury that can't be beaten. These duvet covers use an internal zipper system so you don't have to worry about sagging. Plus, our blankets are machine washable for even greater convenience.
With weighted blankets and throws for kids and adults alike, you'll love your Hush Blanket. Try for yourself risk-free with our 100-night return policy.