One of the latest trends to less stressful life is getting a weighted blanket. If you don’t know how this works, refer to our article on how it helps to reduce anxiety and why it’s an effective way to get a good night’s rest. For those who know the reason to get one, now’s the time to choose one.
There are many types of weighted blankets that are available in different sizes and measures. The most important factor to consider is the weight of the blanket. It can be too heavy and not be comfortable during sleep or too light and does no better than your usual blanket. Therefore, it’s important to know the rule of thumb when choosing one.
Weight: The ideal weight for your blanket is 10% of your body weight. So, if you weight 100 pounds, for example, your blanket should ideally weight 10 pounds. But realistically, there are no blankets manufactured at 8.7 pounds. So, give or take 1-3 pounds by rounding it to the closest number, and you’ll get the right weight for you.
You need to consider changing the blanket if your weight is drastically increasing or decreasing. For example after going on a diet for 2 months and you have lost 15-20 pounds compared to the day you bought your weighted blanket. Then the same blanket would be too heavy for you to use and might not feel right for you when you sleep.
On the other hand, you can also consult a specialist to be recommended on the right size of blanket for you in case of special conditions. Visit TheHeatersGuide to find out a perfect weighted blanket for you.
Size: The blanket should not just be of the right weight but it needs to be able to cover your whole body. It won’t be as effective if it cannot cover as far and beyond your toes and up to your neck.
Don’t Heat Yourself Up: The side effect of a heavy blanket is that it will get pretty warm when you sleep under it. That makes it necessary to use it only when the room is well ventilated, and the temperature is cool enough to keep your body temperature at the right level. If you want to be able to use it year-round, invest some time into searching heavy blankets with cooling technology.
Portability: Heavier blankets are definitely not suitable for carrying around, which makes it a dilemma if you want to travel a lot. At that point, you will want to make sure to get a blanket with the right weight and size. There are heavy blankets designed to be easier to carry around.
Heavy blankets are one of those things we tend to get lazy and too tired to maintain. Mainly because they are heavier than typical blankets and it takes a long time to wash and dry them. Before anything, make sure to read the cleaning instructions that come with the blanket.
Generally, a typically weighted blanket has one or more layers of cover before the weighting materials. These are the layers that you want to wash regularly. If you keep these parts clean, you won’t have to worry about the inner parts as soon.
But when it’s time to get it a good deep cleaning, make sure you are using the right method for the right material. Some blankets should not be dry cleaned and blankets heavier than 15 lbs aren’t usually suggested to be washed at home. If you plan to store it, make sure it is washed and properly dried. Store the blanket in an open space and not sealed in an airtight bag that could possibly hold moisture in.