How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be?
How heavy should a weighted blanket be for adults and children? We’ll run through all the things to consider when choosing your blanket weight.
Okay, so you’ve done the research and you’ve decided that you’re in the market to use a weighted blanket. Yay! We’re so glad you found us. Better sleep, calmer days, rest and relaxation is all coming your way!
One of the most common questions we get about our weighted blankets is: just how heavy should my weighted blanket be? While there are some general guidelines we like to follow, there are also 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 new blanket.
Quick guide for choosing the right weight for a weighted blanket
- Your weighted blanket should weigh roughly 10% of your body weight, plus one or two pounds depending on your personal preference.
- For someone who is 150 pounds, your best bet is our 15-pound weighted blanket. If you’re closer to 200 pounds, try our 20-pound weighted blanket.
- As long as you're comfortable and feel cozy, going beyond the 10% rule is totally fine.
How do you know what weight is right for a weighted blanket?
So you've heard the quick answer about the 10 percent rule, but there are always other factors that come into play when figuring out what weight is right for you. We even designed a quick survey that looks at your weight and your sleeping habits, to help you select the perfect weighted blanket for your lifestyle.
How heavy should a weighted blanket be for adults?
For adults, it really comes down to a combination of your physical stats (how heavy you are) and your existing sleep habits and health or wellness goals. Some of the questions we ask our customers are:
How long does it usually take you to fall asleep? Less than 15 minutes, less than 30 minutes, or more than 30 minutes.
What are your wellness goals? These can be things like waking up less tired, feeling less anxious, decreasing pain, and waking up less often.
What is your weight?
What if I’m in between weights?
Our weighted blankets 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 you're 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 lighter 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!
Again, take the above questions into account when choosing your blanket size. Often for those who experience Restless Legs Syndrome, insomnia, or other types of chronic pain have benefitted from heavier blanket weights.
Can a weighted blanket be too heavy?
The key thing to remember if you want to use a weighted blanket is that you shouldn't feel uncomfortable and that the weight needs to be evenly distributed to be most effective. So if you go for a heavier blanket, but end up only using it over half your body, it's not really doing its job.
In the same regard, you don’t want to go too low with the weight, either.
Weighted blankets work using something called Deep Touch Pressure, which 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.
How does a weighted blanket improve my sleep and reduce anxiety?
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!
As we mentioned, deep touch pressure works its magic when weight is evenly distributed across your body. This is a key factor in whether a weighted blanket is actually working as it’s supposed to, and played a key role in the design of our Bearaby blanket, The Napper.
With its knitted, looped design, knitted weighted blanket melts around and forms to your body, hugging every point. Most other weighted blankets have sewn-in pockets of plastic pellets that shift around in the night, causing the fillers to bunch up and throw off the even weight distribution.
Since deep pressure on the body requires an even, all-encompassing weight, you can rest assured our weighted blankets have you covered.
Let us look at how heavy should a weighted blanket be for everyone in the family - from children that are pre-school age, to all the adults in the house!
How heavy should a weighted blanket be for children?
If your child has trouble sleeping in any way, or even just calming down for nap or bedtime, our kids weighted blanket may be just what they need. Weighted blankets provide a natural, soothing tool to help kids relax and sleep better.
Its gentle weight provides a wonderful drug-free, all-natural way to help restless children calm down, cozy up, and fall asleep with ease. Utilizing the science behind deep touch pressure therapy, the weighted blanket gives soft, comforting cuddles that result in deeper sleep and better moods.
The beauty of a Bearaby weighted blanket is that it's cooling yet comforting at the same time, due to its breathable knit design and all-natural fabrics. Our blankets are soft, cuddly and great to get wrapped up in due to their chunky, loopy design.
Pre-schoolers (4 to 5 years old) and Children 6 Years Old and Above
When it comes to children and the use of weighted blankets, studies actually vary between recommending 10 percent and 30 percent of their body weight. And it's been observed that smaller children in the lower age range more commonly gravitate towards a higher body weight for the blanket.
As with anything for kids, try it out and pay attention to how they react. If they seem annoyed or uncomfortable, change the weight to something lighter. It's a bit of trial and error, same as with adults and weighted blankets. Each person reacts to weight a little differently. Some like it super heavy, others like lighter pressure.
Again, the important part is to remember that in order for the benefits of weighted blankets to shine through, the weight needs to cover your whole body and be evenly distributed. (It's why we're pretty proud of our knitted design that hugs you tight and keeps you cool.)
We've rounded up some of the key benefits of using a weighted blanket for kids, but here are the key takeaways:
- Leads to better sleep.
- Has a calming effect, and helps with winding down and general relaxation.
- Helps with focus.
- Although weighted blankets have been used by occupational therapists to help treat the symptoms of kids with anxiety, ADHD, or other sensory processing disorders, they're perfect for any child who just needs a deeper night's sleep. (So, every kid out there!)
We've rounded up some of the key benefits of using a weighted blanket for kids over on this post, but here are the key takeaways:
What's the best weighted blanket for kids?
Kids tend to sleep on the hot side, so be sure that when you're choosing a weighted blanket it's made with natural fabric, without any plastic or synthetic fillers. Bearaby weighted blankets are plastic-free and made with 100% organic cotton, making them cool and cozy at the same time.
The knit, looped design allows air to flow in and around your kids while still giving them all the benefits of deep pressure under the weight. The Bearaby weighted blanket was designed to place even-pressure on the body, cocooning it just like a really tight full-body hug!
What size are Bearaby’s weighted blankets?
Our weighted blanket, The Napper, is designed to be used by one person. It's perfect for solo sleepers and for when you want to get a little nap in on the couch. It comes in 15, 20, and 25-pound weights, and each of the dimensions are a little different when it comes to the actual blanket size.
• 15-pound Napper: 40” x 72”
• 20-pound Napper: 45” x 72”
• 25-pound Napper: 48” x 72”
We also have a weighted comforter called The Sleeper, which is designed to fit two people a bit better. We’ve got couples covered (literally). Our King-Size sleeper has a 2-in-1 feature, which puts 2 different weights in each half of the blanket. So if you want a 15 pound blanket, but your partner needs a 20, no problem.
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.
Our weighted comforter comes in Twin, Queen, or King bed sizes.
• Twin Sleeper 54” x 78”
• Queen Sleeper: 74” x 78”
• King Sleeper: 94” x 78”
Can my kids use my Bearaby weighted blanket?
Of course! We've had lots of happy customers write in and tell us their kids love stealing their Bearaby Nappers. We recommend sharing the snuggle and climbing underneath it with them for a little extra parent-child bonding.
Keep in mind that weighted blankets should never be used for babies or toddlers under age 2, no matter how restless they are or how poorly they sleep!
Can I use my weighted blanket with my pet?
Yes! You can use your Bearaby blanket with your pet, just don't force them under! And if you have a small to mid-sized dog or a cat, be careful not to let them bury themselves under the blanket alone. It could be too heavy for them to absorb all by themselves.
Your furry friends will naturally want to snuggle up under it with you, but you should make sure to absorb most of the heaviness of the blanket through your body. Aside from these precautions, a weighted blanket may be an excellent way to help relieve their anxiety, just as it can be for us humans.
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, breezier, and blissfully sleepier, not harder.
• For adults, we recommend choosing a weighted blanket that’s roughly 10 percent 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.
• For children, studies actually vary between recommending 10 to 30 percent of their body 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.
Did you know?
On average, it should take between 10 and 15 minutes to fall asleep at night.