How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be? Your Ultimate Guide
One of the most common questions we are asked is “How heavy should a weighted blanket be?”
The answer is it depends. While there are good guidelines that you can follow, you’ll also want to factor in your personal preference and your doctor’s recommendations (if any).
In this article, we’ll go over the weight recommendations, weight limits, and best blankets for sleeping alone or with a partner.
How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be: Professional Recommendations
First things first: If you’re purchasing a weighted blanket upon the advice of a doctor, occupational therapist, or other medical professional as part of your therapy, make sure you ask them what an appropriate weight is for you.
Better yet: Ask if your occupational therapist has an adult weighted blanket you can try. Many therapists keep a set of these blankets on hand to give deep touch pressure for their clients. Doing a “test drive” with a weighted blanket can help you get a feel for it and decide what weight will suit you the best. You’ll also be able to consider:
- What type of cover you prefer
- What style gives you the best rest
- Which combination has the biggest calming effect
What if you’re simply buying a weighted blanket on your own accord? How do you figure out how heavy a weighted blanket should be?
Well, it’s all up to your personal preference.
As a rule of thumb, the right weight for your blanket is roughly 7% to 12% of your body weight. A study in Sleep Medicine & Disorders states the perfect weighted blanket weight is around 10% of your body weight.
If you’re not sure what works best for you, we recommend rounding down and opting for the lighter blanket.
Note: Check out our articles on the best cooling and standard weighted blankets for more info and product recommendations.
Pro-Tip: Don’t Be a Tough Guy
When buying a weighted blanket for the first time, some people benchmark the weight of the blanket against the pounds they can lift in the gym.
This isn’t the correct approach.
Why? Well, holding a 10 pound dumbbell in each hand is drastically different from having a 20-pound blanket lying on top of your body.
Don’t pick a blanket that’s too heavy and suffocating. You don’t want to feel trapped. Rather, a weighted blanket should feel like a comforting hug after a stressful day of work.
Blanket Weight: Is There a Maximum Limit?
The heaviest weighted blanket you can get while still enjoying the benefits of deep pressure stimulation is 35 pounds.
A study in Taylor & Francis Online shows that weighted blankets provide great and safe sleep up to 35 pounds. The average adult can lie under blankets weighing up to 35 pounds without having their blood circulation, heart rate, or pulse rate affected. With any heavier weights, the blanket may not be safe to use, especially if you have underlying medical conditions like lung disorders, mobility issues, or claustrophobia.
Weighted blankets work by providing deep pressure therapy. The moderate weight, like a soft, relaxing hug, helps you fall asleep.
A soft weighted blanket will do more than help you fall asleep and banish insomnia. It can help with restless leg syndrome, pain disorders, and ADHD. It can reduce cortisol levels to ease stress and reduce tension.
Why You Should Stay Under 35 Pounds
Thirty-five pounds is the maximum weight your blanket should be, no matter your size or how many people are sharing the blanket.
There are a few reasons to make sure your weighted blanket doesn’t exceed the recommended weight, including comfort and danger. Don’t worry though — you’ll still get the rest you crave with a lighter weight.
1. It Will Be Uncomfortable
There is no getting around this. A blanket heavier than 35 pounds is more likely to cause discomfort because:
- The blanket begins to cause your body temperature to rise.
- It will place too much pressure on your joints throughout the night.
- It will make you feel restricted.
Sleep.org reminds us to avoid getting too hot during sleep, because the temperature for optimal sleep should be between 60 to 67 degrees. When you introduce a heavy blanket that makes your body temperature rise, you will disrupt your sleep cycle. Make sure the fabric is breathable too, like in the Hush Iced 2.0 bamboo fabric.
2. It's Unnecessary
The various benefits of weighted blankets typically peak when blankets reach 10% of your body weight. There is no reason to spend more money nor force yourself to endure an entire night of sleep under something too heavy.
3. It's Dangerous
When you get to a certain point, you begin to restrict your body's blood circulation and movement throughout the night.
How To Choose the Best Weighted Blankets for Adults
Purchasing a Hush Blanket to help you relieve stress, anxiety, and falling asleep faster? You need to consider weight, filling, and cover material.
See the handy weighted blanket chart above. This can help you decide how heavy your weighted blanket should be.
Twin-sized Hush Blankets measure a standard 60x80 inches and generally cover a single user perfectly. If you have a full-size mattress, take a look above to see whether a twin or queen is the right size for you.
For two people, you could even order two twin-size blankets so no one fights over the covers. At the end of the day, the goal is to distribute the weight evenly between you and your partner so you can enjoy calming, relaxing sleep.
If you decide to share, get a weight that works for everyone. Queen and king-size blankets from Hush drape over the sides of the bed, so the weight is spread over a larger surface area and over two people. Purchase a queen size (80x87) or king size (90x90) depending on your combined bodyweight and mattress size. If you are both around 150 pounds, the 30-pound blankets will be perfect for you both to share.
Note: You can also go with a weighted throw blanket. These provide both comfort and accessibility outside the bedroom. Plus, they go with most home decor.
Consider the fill you are using. Glass beads have greater breathability and distribute the weight and heat more evenly than polyfill or plastic pellets or microbeads, allowing for deep sleep without needing a heavier weight.
There are many different kinds of covers for warm blankets, including:
- Minky blanket
- Microfiber blanket
- Quilted cotton blanket
Others prefer bamboo or soft cotton for an organic cooling cover.
Many weighted blankets and blanket covers are machine washable, and you can even find hypoallergenic removable duvet covers. We offer a 2-in-1 blanket bundle that gives you the option of changing the outer blanket from classic to cooling while using the same inner weight. This helps you transition from season to season with the same blanket.
Get the Sleep You Need With Hush Blankets
The question, “How heavy should a weighted blanket be to get restful sleep?” is best answered with both medical advice and personal preference. But keep in mind that your blanket should be around 10% of your body weight and no more than 35 pounds.
A weighted blanket helps with serotonin building, sleep disorders, focus, a restless nervous system, young children or adults on the autism spectrum, and anyone who just wants more (and better) shut-eye.What are you waiting for? Purchase your high quality Hush Blanket now, and let the comfort and relaxation of your weighted blanket whisk you off to sleep a bit easier.