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How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be?



SLEEP SCIENCE

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Okay, so you’ve done the research and you’ve decided that you’re in the market for a weighted blanket. Yay! We’re so glad you found us. Better sleep is coming your way!

One of the most common questions we get about our weighted blankets is: just how heavy should it be? While there is a pretty general rule of thumb that we like to follow, there are some other things to consider when choosing your blanket weight.

Keep on reading for the ultimate guide on how to choose the correct weight for your Napper or Sleeper.


I just want a quick answer! How heavy should my weighted blanket be?


For those of you who just want to get your answer and get on your way, here’s what we usually recommend. You should pick a weighted blanket that is roughly 10% of your body weight. For someone who is 150 pounds, your best bet is the 15-pound weighted blanket. If you’re closer to 200 pounds, try the 20-pound weighted blanket. Boom, there you go.


I need more details! What if I’m in between weights?


Bearaby’s weighted Nappers and Sleepers come in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound weights. It’s likely that 10% of your body weight doesn’t fit nice and neatly into one of those blanket weight categories. So, if your body weight is in between those sizes, most experts recommend that bumping up to the next blanket weight is a good choice.

However, there are some things to consider. If you are buying the weighted blanket for someone who is on the frail side, you may not want to add the extra weight, as too much pressure may be uncomfortable for them. We want the blanket to feel like a warm hug, not a tight squeeze!


grey napper girl


On the other hand, you don’t want to go too low with the weight, either. Deep touch pressure is activated when you put enough weight on certain pressure points on the body, which stimulates the production of serotonin, one of your get-happy hormones. Serotonin is also a precursor to melatonin, that get-sleepy hormone we all know and love. Both serotonin and melatonin can contribute to reduced anxiety and stress, which in turn leads to better sleep! So, you want to make sure you’re getting enough deep touch pressure to get all those good hormones flowing.

Having just the right amount of pressure is how weighted blankets can help with conditions like anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and pain from fibromyalgia. So, for you to get the best benefit, we want to make sure you choose the blanket weight that is right for you!


How big are Bearaby’s weighted blankets?


Bearaby has different sizes based on how big your bed is. However, the edges of the blanket or comforter should just fit you, rather than fit your mattress size - you don’t want to waste all that delightful deep touch pressure hanging off the sides of your bed!

The Napper blanket is perfect for solo sleepers or for those who want to get a little snooze in on the couch. It comes in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound weights, and each of the dimensions are a little different.

15-pound Napper: 40” x 72”
20-pound Napper: 45” x 72”
25-pound Napper: 48” x 72”


We also have The Sleeper, which is the weighted comforter that comes in Twin, Queen, or King bed sizes.


Twin Sleeper: 54” x 78”
Queen Sleeper: 74” x 78”
King Sleeper: 94” x 78”


Sharing space with your S.O.?


We’ve got you covered (literally). Bearaby’s King-Size sleeper has a 2-in-1 feature, which puts 2 different weights in each half of the blanket. You can even unzip it in the middle and use it separately. No more fighting over who gets the comforter - you’ll both be sleeping soundly underneath your own halves.


Can my kids use my weighted blanket?


While children can use some weighted blankets, the “10% of body weight” guideline still applies to your kiddos. So, unless your child fits into one of those weight categories, it would be safest not let them use your weighted blanket alone. However, it’s okay to for a kid (or two) to share the blanket with their mom or dad, provided the adult absorbs the majority of the weight. We’re not one to discourage some family bonding! Finally, it’s worth noting that children under 2 years old should never use a weighted blanket, as it can be life-threatening for the little ones. Safety first, folks.


What about sharing with my pet?


Generally, yes, you can share your Napper or Sleeper with your cat or dog. However, don’t force them under there! Your furry friends will naturally want to snuggle up under it with you, but you should make sure to absorb most of the weight of the blanket through your body. Don’t leave them underneath it by themselves!


white cat    Dog napper



What if I pick the wrong weight?!


Don’t worry, we’ve got hassle-free returns! You can try out a weighted blanket or comforter and return it within 30 days if you think you picked the wrong weight. We’re here to make your life easier, not harder.


Bearassentials

• We recommend choosing a weighted blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight, and if you’re a bit below or in between weighted blanket weights, it’s okay to bump yourself up to the next heaviest.


• Sorry kids, even the lightest weighted blanket available is typically too heavy for one kid to snuggle under alone, but you can always cozy under one with your mom or dad so long a they absorb most of the weight.


• The Bearaby Sleeper comes in different sizes (twin, queen, king), while the Napper’s size depends on the weight, but the most important thing is that the edges of the blanket or comforter fit you, rather than your mattress size. Think cocooning.

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Did you know?
On average, it should take between 10 and 15 minutes to fall asleep at night.



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