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What to Know About Getting a Weighted Blanket for Your Mental Health

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I have made many useful purchases that benefit my mental health, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar I disorder symptoms and complications. The best purchase I have made thus far is my weighted blanket.

I should be a representative or spokesperson for a blanket company because truly, I tell everyone to buy one. As a result of my overenthusiastic method of persuasion, a majority of my friends have invested in a blanket and agreed on how amazing they are.

Do you ever have a hard time sleeping? Can’t fall asleep or stay asleep? Do you move so much in your sleep that you wake yourself up? Do you have constant dreams that leave you exhausted when your alarm goes off? Do you talk in your sleep and disturb not only yourself, but your loved one? Do you grind your teeth, wet yourself or have night sweats? I do! For me, all of the freaking above. But, there is hope because my weighted blanket took away each and every problem I had associated with my sleep. I get the best night’s sleep now. I wake up refreshed, don’t have to wear a night guard anymore or women’s brief, wash my sheets every other day, or have chronic headaches.

Warning: they are expensive. But trust me, you use it for every night and nap. You will be paying less than a cent per day because they last literally forever.

My five tips when choosing your weighted blanket:

1. Pick a simple color.

You don’t want it to pop over everything else. Or maybe you do…

2. Never put it directly on your skin.

Put it on top of another blanket because you don’t want to have to wash it frequently. It’s not easy to do. Or maybe I’m lazy…

3. Get it heavier than the chart reads.

It is distributed not only on you but on your bed. I personally find the weight graph really does not help. A blanket that is too light is a total disappointment and a costly item to ship back to the company. It is heavy, duh.

4. Make sure that your blanket is big enough

My first blanket was too small and now I have two because well, yeah.

5. Do not get the one with beads in them.

I say this because they make noise, and this can be irritating during the night. Let me know how cozy you become after this purchase. I cannot wait to hear your success stories and victories oversleep troubles!

Photo by Isabella and Louisa Fischer on Unsplash

Originally published: October 19, 2020
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