by Donna Durham June 15, 2016 34 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions about Weighted Blankets

 

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

Donna Durham
Donna Durham


34 Responses

Les
Les

June 25, 2019

Thanks for the post! Just wanted to say that the color contrast of your text is very low, which can be frustrating for some low-vision users.

Judy Stearns
Judy Stearns

June 06, 2019

Does it make a difference if you sleep under the blanket or does it work the same if it’s between sheets?

Mary J Inman
Mary J Inman

May 10, 2019

I have only had mine 10 days and the first night till today I’ve slept like I did 30 yrs ago!! I have had sleep depravation for 10 yrs. I love it, I even packed it up to go camping this last weekend. It also helps cause my husband can’t steal my blankets all night. My question is “What are the loops for that are sewn every so often down both sides?could be at the bottom as well but don’t remember seeing them.I don’t have a cover for mine so will make one. DCam you tell me the best material so it doesn’t make me hot? Without the weighted blanket I’m all over the bed and usually out of the covers within 10 minutes. This did not happen with the weighted one! I will never sleep without one again if I have a chose. Great Invention!! MJ

Tony
Tony

April 23, 2019

I hated my weighted blanket. Everybody sleeps differently as 1 size does not fit when it comes to sleep. I always used down and feather but found them too HOT….. I started using the natural Australian Sheepskin Wool Duvet Comforter from a niche boutique brand Down Under Bedding and I’m not sweating all the time and sleeping better.

Check out this video on the benefits of wool bedding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fwe35DmlU0&t=11s

Joyce Kortuem
Joyce Kortuem

March 31, 2019

I want the answers!!!
Can it be used with a Pace maker?
Are you supposed to put it on top of the bed, or over or under the sheet?
Or we simply wrap ourselves in it?

Patricia Shama
Patricia Shama

February 25, 2019

All the comforters I buy are too too heavy. I need one that is light not heavy. Can you help me?

Liberti Myers
Liberti Myers

January 11, 2019

I have a pacemaker. Is it safe to use a 10 lb. weighted blanket

Barbara
Barbara

January 02, 2019

I have a pacemaker can I use the weighted blanket????

Gail Salamida
Gail Salamida

December 26, 2018

Can u use an electric blanket over a weighted blanket?

Kayla
Kayla

December 25, 2018

Should I use my weighted blanket under my sheets so it’s direvtiy on me, or should I use my sheets/blankets and put the weighted blanket on top of them?

Cheryl
Cheryl

December 25, 2018

Will it work on top of the sheet? Not directly on me.

Pamala Powell
Pamala Powell

December 24, 2018

Can I use my weight blanket with my heated blanket..?

Candice Jones
Candice Jones

December 01, 2018

Can I use my heating blanket & my weighted blanket together?

Jean Burkett
Jean Burkett

November 26, 2018

Do you sleep with weighted blankets next to you or on top of other covers?

Susan Zambo
Susan Zambo

November 19, 2018

Am I suppose to use other blankets along with the weighted blanket?? Or just sleepunder the weighted blanket alone.

Rose Stimnel
Rose Stimnel

November 10, 2018

Why the tabs on my weighted blanket?

Gabriele dickey
Gabriele dickey

November 08, 2018

I need to know if I can use my heating blanket (I am addicted to it) under the weight blanket?

Joan
Joan

November 05, 2018

What is the point of showing the questions when there are no answers. Is the blanket usable when you have a pacemaker?

Deborah Searles
Deborah Searles

October 20, 2018

what purpose are the tabs on the blanket?

gracie
gracie

June 25, 2018

CAN I USE DETERGENT TO WASH THE BLANKET AND WHAT KIND OF DETERGENT?

Jayne Davenport
Jayne Davenport

June 20, 2018

Why haven’t the majority of the questions not been answered for the rest of us to see, as most are good question we all should be able to have answered. I would like to know if the blanket makes the user hot? It seems it would over heat a person who is already hot by nature. I’d actually like for those already using the blanket to answer this question.

lauren mcgregor
lauren mcgregor

June 05, 2018

What would my doctor need to write on a script for a weighted blanket? Would they need the weight requirements? Asking for my autistic daughter.

Claire
Claire

March 11, 2018

Are weighted blankets suitable for M E sufferers?

Weighting Comforts
Weighting Comforts

February 19, 2018

ck – our blankets can be used for side sleepers!

Weighting Comforts
Weighting Comforts

February 19, 2018

Debi – Our blankets are weighted by the filler. We used FDA approved PVC pellets that are BPA free.

Keaton
Keaton

February 19, 2018

Frank – I would check with your doctor before using a weighted blanket!

Shirley D Bagwell
Shirley D Bagwell

February 17, 2018

I bought two for my granddaughters Christmas presents. Why on earth are they so expensive???

Dianna hallahan
Dianna hallahan

February 10, 2018

Cost very expensive

ck
ck

February 09, 2018

Can weighted blankets be used by “side” sleepers?

Theresa Crisanti
Theresa Crisanti

February 07, 2018

are weighted blankets safe for people with pacemakers?

Debi
Debi

January 26, 2018

What makes your blankets heavy ? Is it just the amount of the filler in the middle or is there another “something ?” Curious . Thank you

Frank King
Frank King

January 23, 2018

Are your weighted blankets usable if you have an implanted pacemaker-difibulator?

Linda Engel
Linda Engel

October 26, 2017

Have you had any troubles with the beads coming out?

Anabelle lassiter
Anabelle lassiter

June 06, 2017

You say you have larger blankets 40×74 that fit a twin bed. I have not been able to locate any on your website. I have the smaller one that is the size of a throw but wanted larger

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What Blanket Weight Should I Buy?

If you're new to weighted blankets, we recommend that you choose the lightest weight available of the style you prefer. If after looking at this size chart you find yourself between two weights, we recommend you choose the lighter of the two.