Frequently Asked Questions About Weighted Blankets
Posted on 15 June 2016
There’s a lot of questions that we get every week about our Weighted blankets, so we decided to do a little blog post about some of the most asked questions.
How Heavy Should My Weighted Blanket Be?
One guideline to follow is the blanket should be about 10 percent of your body weight. However, choosing the weight of the blanket is really about personal preference.
Weighting Comforts creates blankets for the people who struggle with sleeplessness and anxiety. We also know that the average person enjoys sleeping under a weighted blanket.
If you need the blanket for a medical reason we encourage you to consult a physician or an occupational therapist. We sell far more 15 pound blankets than any other weight.
For children it is important to use the guidelines suggested by occupational therapists, 10% of body weight plus 1 pound. This formula provides therapeutic benefits and protects the child from feeling “trapped” under a blanket. Weighting Comforts offers one size blanket ( 40”x 74”) in 10, 15, and 20 pound weights.
How Large Are Our Weighted Blankets?
Weighted blankets are a personal use blanket. Our blankets are 40” by 74” inches. They cover about the size of a twin bed.
We do not make full or queen size blankets because the weight would be “wasted on the bed”. Ideally the blanket will cover from your chin to over your feet.
What is great about this is no one will steal your covers at night... They are all yours! But go ahead and order two, because someone is going to WANT to steal Your covers.
Are Weighted Blankets Washer and Dryer Safe?
When purchasing products for our family, one thing I don’t like is buying something that requires special care. We are all busy doing the best we can to care for our families, so having things that we have to remember special care instructions for is an interruption to our lives. Our blanket has no special care instructions.
One of the most commonly asked questions our customers ask is
How do you wash a weighted blanket?
The answer is simple, “Throw it in the washer and dryer! Wash it separately in warm or cool water. You can throw a couple of towels in to prevent the washing machine from getting off balance. Then place the blanket in the dryer and tumble dry on low.
Will the blanket make me too hot at night?
Our blankets are made from two different fabrics, Flannel or Quilt Fabric.
Flannel is a soft fabric that is commonly used to make children’s blankets. It is warm and tends to hold heat. We suggest that our customers that are “always cold” purchase a fabric made from flannel.
Quilt fabric is cooler to the touch than flannel. It is soft but not as soft as flannel. We suggest that our customers that get too hot at night or struggle with “hot flashes” order blankets made from quilt fabric.
We have received lots of testimonies, especially from menopausal women, that the quilt fabric blankets gives them the comforting weight they need to sleep deeper, but they do not get hot at night.
How does a weighted blanket help people with Autism?
A weighted blanket is a tool that helps many people with autism. Autism is a complex disorder. The weight of the blanket helps produce more serotonin in the system. Serotonin is our feel good hormone. Some of that serotonin becomes melatonin which the hormone that helps our bodies rest and go to sleep at night.
Weighted products seem to help children with autism feel more grounded and secure. When we feel grounded and secure we are able to focus better and function better.
How do weighted blankets help college students?
I love working with college students! It is common for college students to experience high levels of anxiety. They may be away from home for the first time. They are adjusting to roommates and project deadlines. They are trying to figure out careers and meet the spouse of their dreams.
I remember using the blankets for the first time with my most anxious college aged clients.
An anxious person often has trouble sitting still. They fidget with their hands, bite their fingernails and often talk without taking a breath. I introduced my clients to the idea of using the weighted blankets in session. Most of them loved the weighted blankets.
The blankets helped them feel immediately calmer and and more relaxed. They were able to sit still and slow down their thoughts. Slowing their thoughts helps them experience their emotions more clearly. When people experience their emotions their anxiety is reduced.
REDUCING ANXIETY IS LIFE CHANGING!! I saw weighted blankets change lives right in front of my eyes.
How do Weighted Blankets help Veterans?
Veterans are amazing people. They have literally given their lives to serving their country and protecting the lives of its citizens.
Veterans often return from service with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder develops in some people who have seen or lived through a shocking,scary, or dangerous situation.
The disorder is characterized by feeling stressed or frightened even when the person is no longer in danger. Nightmares and terrors are often symptoms that veterans experience.
Recently Weighting Comforts received a testimony about a veteran who was struggling with nightmares. He started using a weighted blanket and the nightmares ended that very night! We are so thankful that our weighted blanket helped this soldier.
We hope that this helps answer some of your questions. If not hit the Contact button above to email us with your questions and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Donna Durham - Founder of Weighting Comforts