What to Know Before Buying a Weighted Blanket
The sleep industry is abuzz these days and for good reason—increasingly stressful weeks call for a comparable amount of blissful ZZZ’s. Hey, it’s smart to stay in tune with our circadian rhythm. And obviously it’s not always that easy to achieve.
But weighted blankets aren’t just having a moment. They’ve gone from being considered a fad to becoming a way of life—an essential part of your everyday. There are many options out there to choose from. And, as with any purchase, you’ll want to do some research before making a commitment to the one you’ll be snuggling up with for many nights to come.
Bearaby takes sleep seriously, and we know you do too. So, once you’ve decided a weighted blanket is worth taking for a test rest, there are a few things we suggest you think about to ensure you find the perfect match.
Unlike traditional comforters, weighted blankets shouldn’t drape over the sides of your bed. Remember, it’s weighted, so you don’t want to have it falling off one side of the bed and then have to struggle with lifting it off the floor. Doing this may also stretch the blanket out, making it less effective and not quite as cozy. Bearaby Nappers are made to fit your body, not your mattress, so choose a color, style and weight that works for you.
Some people need help napping too. Naps are important, so you should consider a weighted blanket made for oversized chairs, couches AND beds. Bearaby has you covered with three different styles of Napper blankets—the Classic Napper, Tree Napper and Velvet Napper. They’re all different in form from the prototypical weighted blanket, but in the best way possible. Each are made of layers upon layers of chunky-soft, hand-knit yarn. The Napper is a beautiful, functional addition to the home—perfect for power naps, Netflix marathons and that old forgotten pastime... reading books.
Suffice to say, The Napper is a versatile weighted blanket. Throw it over your lap or wrap it around your shoulders. Use it as you will and enjoy its therapeutic benefits as you like.
Like any other blanket, weighted blankets can be found in a variety of fabrics—everything from cotton and satin to fleece and minky. Ultimately, it all comes down to preference. This is where your sleep temperature comes into play. For example, if you’re sensitive to heat at night (like most of us), you’ll want to choose something that’s breezy and breathable.
Despite the added weight, certain blankets can actually produce a cooling effect. Bearaby Nappers, for instance, are made with yards and yards and yards of hand-knit yarn, which may sound hot and heavy, but hot, they are not. The manner in which they’re constructed allows for little slices of space for air to pass through. They’re also absent of any fillers.
You’ll find that most, if not all, weighted blankets do consist of fillers. Most use plastic pellets, while some use glass beads to distribute weight, often unevenly. If what’s inside is allowed to move around throughout the blanket, all of the weight could end up shifting to one side, leaving only half your body at ease. This dilemma is what led us to explore a more novel approach in the Napper. No fillings. No problems.
You’ll want to consider how you go about cleaning your blanket. We already know that they can vary in terms of the fabric they’re made, the presence (or absence) of fillers as well as blanket weight and size.
Depending on these factors, the blanket may need to be hand washed or taken to a dry cleaner. Generally, many of them can be tough to clean given how heavy they are. However, Bearaby Nappers are machine washable and the Classic and Tree Napper can go in the dryer under tumble dry low for a cycle or two.
Unsurprisingly, figuring out the right weight for you is often the most common consideration when shopping for a weighted blanket. Typically ranging from 15 to 30 pounds, you’ll obviously want to pick a weight that’s suitable for you.
Generally, a weighted blanket should be about 10 percent of the user’s body weight. For example, an adult weighing around 180 pounds should seek a 20-pound blanket. We know that people come in all shapes and sizes, so if you have any questions about which weight to order, just reach out and ask. We’ll be happy to help!
If you’re reeling for rest and looking to take home a weighted comforter or blanket, it’s a sound idea to keep all of the above criteria in mind. With the right one, you’ll most likely find yourself enjoying a longer, deeper slumber. Weighted bedding works wonders. Rest assured.
Did you know?
Neither whales or dolphins actually sleep as their brains are always half awake so that they can keep returning to the water’s surface to breathe. Poor things.