How to Select a Weight for Your Weighted Blanket?


One of the most common questions we get asked is: how heavy should a weighted blanket be?

Girl holding a grey Hush weighted blanket

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).

First things first: if you’re purchasing a weighted blanket upon the advice of a doctor or occupational therapist or other medical professional as part of your therapy, make sure you ask them what the appropriate weight you should go with is.

Better yet: ask if your occupational therapist has a weighted blanket that you can borrow and try out. Many therapists typically keep a set of these blankets on hand for providing them as resources. And if they do provide one, you can borrow a blanket to do a “test-drive”, to get a feel of the blanket. That’s a great way of determining what weight will suit you the best, and to see what type feels the best, gives you the most rest, and reduce your stress or conditions.

What if you’re simply buying a weighted blanket on your own accord? How do you figure out how much weight should be ideal in a weighted blanket?

In that case, then it’s all up to your personal preference. 

guy under a Hush blanket looking out the window

Generally speaking, we recommend that our customers pick a blanket that’s between the range of roughly 7% to 12% of their body weight.

If you’re not sure what works best for you, it’s recommended to round up and opt for the heavier, larger blanket. We’ve found that people tend to achieve better results this way.

Pro-tip: don’t compare weighted blankets to lifting weights

When purchasing a weighted blanket for the first time, many people tend to benchmark the weight of the blanket against the pounds of weights they lift in the gym.

That said, this isn’t the correct approach.

Why? Well, holding a 10 pound dumbbell in either hand is drastically different from having a 20 lb blanket lying on top of your body.

Your blanket is pulling your entire body down, so don’t go overboard and pick a blanket that’s too heavy and suffocating. You don’t want to feel trapped, it should feel like the comfort of a helpful hug after a stressful day of working.

Blanket weight: is there a maximum limit?

If you’re wondering what’s the heaviest weighted blanket, with the most deep pressure that you can get (without having it becoming a danger to you!), the answer is 35 lbs.

Girl laying on the couch under a Hush weighted blanket

According to studies, experts say the average adult can lie under blankets weighted to 35 lbs without having their blood circulation, heart rate or pulse rate affected, or other issues - but anything beyond that, and the blanket may not be safe to use.

Some consumers go into this with the mindset that they should purchase the heaviest blanket possible, so that they can reap maximum benefits - but that’s not how it works.

A soft weighted blanket will do more than help you fall asleep and banish insomnia, it can help with restless leg syndrome, help with pain disorders, adhd, reduce cortisol levels, as well as ease stress and reduce tension.  

Using a weighted blanket that’s too heavy for you might be less than effective, counter-productive, and cause your system more stress instead, rather than calm and improve sleep. You can also end up getting too hot (instead of the comfortable warmth when you have the right gravity and length), resulting in poor sleep. So be sure to abide by the 35 lb rule!

Can a Weighted Blanket Be Too Heavy? 

Studies have shown that weighted blankets were able to provide numerous benefits safely up to 35 pounds [1]. Typically, you want to adhere to the rule of choosing a blanket anywhere from 7 to 12% of your body weight. While it might be easy to assume heavier is always better, that isn't true. Once you get up to 35 pounds, there are various concerns that start to crop up. Not only does the blanket become uncomfortable at a certain point, but it can become restrictive and start to restrict your blood flow. Not only is that going to contribute to an inability to fall asleep, but it can have negative health implications.

You are buying a weighted blanket to experience the therapeutic benefits of deep pressure therapy. Once you get past a certain point where the blanket is too heavy, you experience diminishing returns and it can even start to introduce consequences to your comfort and health. Keep in mind, when you are buying a blanket, you need to factor in the size of the blanket to determine what weight you require. After all, a larger blanket will have a greater surface area. Therefore, you will need a heavier blanket to account for that.

Reasons To Avoid Going Over 35:

1. It Will Be Uncomfortable

There is no getting around this. At greater than 35 pounds, you will have numerous factors contributing to your discomfort. Not only will the blanket begin to cause your body temperature to rise, but it will place too much pressure on your joints throughout the night. This is important to consider because your bedroom temperature should be anywhere between 60 to 67 degrees to achieve optimal sleep [2]. When you introduce such a heavy blanket that raises your body temperature too much, you will disrupt your sleep cycle. It will cause you to feel too constricted which can further disrupt it.

2. It's Unnecessary

Studies have shown that you can get the various benefits of weighted blankets with blankets that are 10% of your body weight. There is no reason to spend more 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 it can lead to far too restricted movement throughout the night.

Selecting a weight for an adult’s blanket

Purchasing a Hush Blanket to help you relieve stress, anxiety, and falling asleep faster?

Here’s a handy weighted blanket chart that you can use in finding how heavy your weighted blanket should be.

Your Weight (lbs)

Hush Blanket Weight (lbs)
100-170 lbs  15 lbs
170-240 lbs 20 lbs
240+ 25 lbs

Twin-sized Hush Blankets measure a standard 60x80 inches, and in general, it covers a single user perfectly.

If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, you need an appropriate blanket size for both of you and for your bed.

Make sure you purchase a Queen size (80x87) or opt for the King size (90x90). You can also order two Twins for the ultimate experience.

Weighted blankets are a natural aid that can be used by anyone of any age, from toddlers to teens, to parents, to older folks, to a middle age couple. As long as the customer learns to find ways to check the right level or amount of weight that’s designed to include their own body weight. There are a variety of weights, and the right one will improve your day to day, regular life and health.   

At the end of the day, the goal is to have your weighted blanket distribute its weight evenly on you (in the center), and that’s hard to achieve if two people (or your family) are going to enjoy making use of the same blanket!

If you have to share, get a weight that works for both parties. Remember that our Queen and King blankets now drape over the side of the bed, so the weight is spread over a larger surface area and over two people. So if you are both around 150 pounds, then the 30 lbs blankets will be perfect for you, as that is 15 lbs roughly on each side. 

Final Words

We hope this resource helped to answer your question (or any other FAQ) about how heavy your blanket selection should be and exactly what dimensions you need for this calming deep sleeping product.

At the end of the day, don’t worry if the one you’re purchasing is a pound or two heavier (or lighter!) than what you’re ideally going for. It’s better to have purchased a blanket higher than low on the weight scale, but regardless it will still help you sleep longer, and pack in more precious hours of sleep.

A bit of extra pressure (or less) doesn’t make a difference. You’ll likely experience the positive benefits you need, for sleep disorders, focus, a restless nervous system, or even for a child (children definitely benefit) or adults on the autism spectrum.

Also, keep in mind that all Hush Blankets buyers are provided with an amazing 100 Night Guarantee.

We believe in love at first sleep… remember, if you don’t fall in love with your blanket right off the bat for any reason, you get 99 more tries to make it work.

Hush weighted blanket 100 night guarantee

If you still aren’t feeling it, then just return the blanket, and we’ll process a full refund.

What are you waiting for? Purchase your high quality Hush Blanket now, and look forward to countless nights of uninterrupted sleep!

 

References:

[1] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0164212X.2015.1066220

[2] https://www.sleep.org/articles/temperature-for-sleep/