Can I lose Anxiety by Buying a Weighted Blanket?
Buying a weighted blanket is a lot more complicated than it seems because aside from the weight of the blanket, these factors are as equally necessary to take into account to guide customers to the ideal weighted blanket they need which will be layed out in this weighted blanket review 2018.
Inner Layer Fabric
The best weighted blankets with inner layer fill don’t usually have the beads or pellets only but with added fabric as support as well. Polyester and cotton fabrics are the most common ones to be used and they differ in their level of plush and breathability.
Polyester is a lot harder than cotton and is ideal to those who like a tougher blanket while cotton is more breathable and soft.
Some weighted blankets already include a cover and even if some would require you to buy a separate one. Having a cover can protect the blanket itself to wear out over time.
The Minky cover is therapeutic and is ideal to be used by people who have fidgety arms. The duvet cover and the fleece cover are also common and they have specific comfort and quality that can add support to the material.
Weight fill materials
Some are weighted blankets that use glass beads while other use poly pellets, rice sands, and even barley. It’s up to your preference which of these is much more comfortable for you; however, a safe, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic substance is something to keep in mind.
If a non-toxic weighted blanket description doesn’t say it’s non-toxic, then it’s better that you skip that brand and look for another one.
Be aware as well that glass beads are finer and have a sand-like texture while the poly pellets are generally made from plastic and are bulkier than others.
The highest number of compartments means that it is less likely for the beads or pellets to stay on one side. The stitches of the compartment should also be checked and look for those who are robustly made to prevent the inner fill from leaking into the other compartment.
Find a weighted blanket with many compartments to get an evenly layed out blanket.
Do Weighted Blankets Really Calm Anxiety?
Yes. Weighted blankets have Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation which can help a person feel like he/she is hugging or swaddling which can promote relaxation to mind and body.
The heavy mass of a weighted blanket pushes the sleeper deep in the bed, a process called “grounding”, that can be calming to the body by reducing the levels of cortisol hormones that are responsible for stress.
How Heavy Should My Weighted Blanket Be?
The recommended weight of weighted blanket depends on the weight of the user but you can definitely choose a heavier or lighter one depending on your preference.
The weight of the blanket should be 10% of your own weight; that is, if you weigh 150 pounds, then your blanket should weigh 15 pounds. If the child will be the one to use the blanket, besides the 10 % of his weight 1 to 2 pounds should also be added.
If you have a doctor or therapist, you must consult what weight you should buy depending on what your body needs.
I present here a table to give you a quick guide of the weight of the blanket depending on your weight as recommended by the makers of Weighted Idea Weighted Blankets:
Can Weighted Blankets Be Machine Washed?
Yes. The inner fill materials of a weighted blanket are sturdy enough to withstand the harshness of a washing machine and dryer so they can definitely be washed. Washing it, however, can be a lot of work since the water can make it even heavier.
Two persons are enough to carry the blankets in and out of the machine but blankets with more than 12-pound fill are recommended to be washed in a commercial washer and dryer or dry-clean.
Putting a cover on the blanket is also suggested because it would only take the cover to easily get dirty, hence, the cover should only be the one to be washed.
Using fabric softeners, bleach, or hard detergent can toughen the inner layer materials and even the fabric of the blanket, thus, they are not preferable. Use a gentle detergent instead.
How to Care for a Weighted Blanket?
Do not iron your weighted blanket. Unless you have an extremely high patience to keep your blanket in place while you are completely ironing it, you can go ahead (but only to 100% cotton fabric with glass beads).
Some of the materials in the inner layer are susceptible to breaking or melting with heat and ironing it is really not a good idea.
If the blanket itself has a noticeable stain, spot clean it using a toothbrush or a cloth and a gentle detergent to scrub the dirt.
It is highly recommended that you hang dry your weighted blanket.
Dryer machines can make the fabric worn out, and hanging it will not get that same problem but rather the excess water will be squeezed out thoroughly making it completely dry inside.