Hello everyone, Lara here, and I, like most of you, have access to the internet and get on Instagram at least 10-12 times a day. Therefore I, like most of you, have seen the whole weighted blanket craze and found myself intrigued.
What is the "weighted blanket craze" you may ask? It is a thing where lots of people are now lounging or sleeping under blankets that weigh 10-15 lbs.
A quick little background on me before we continue: I have chronic pain due to endometriosis and other conditions and therefore find myself having trouble sleeping and feeling stressed out well...a lot. One of my favorite sensations when I’m having a particularly bad pain day is feeling the weight of my rice-filled heating pad on my abdomen. So to say I was excited to try out a full-on weighted blanket would be an understatement. I've been ready since 2004.
So, due to my chronic pain/sleep/stress issues and because I have Instagram FOMO, I decided to try a weighted blanket out. The blanket I chose to try, the Gravity Blanket, claims that it can aid with sleep and stress. Sign me up.
I got my Gravity Blanket in the mail a few weeks ago and carried it at least 10 minutes to my car and my arm was sore the next day. As the package denotes, the ideal weighted blanket for you will be 7-12% of your overall body weight. I got the 15 lb. one because I weigh between 100-150 lbs.
I wasn't sure what to expect upon opening it — but I spread it out on my couch to take a closer look. The blanket is the size of a twin-sized throw, and not the size of a full comforter, for what it's worth.
To start, I positioned myself under the blanket while watching TV on my couch. I didn't notice any sort of immediate change in how I was feeling physically or mentally, but I did feel comfortable and secure.
I decided that the true test would be how I felt after *actually* sleeping under the blanket, so that night I spread it out on my bed and prepared to position myself beneath it ready for my beauty sleep.
Here's me approximately 11 minutes after I woke up one morning under the Gravity Blanket. I had one of the best sleeps I can recall having in the last year of my life.
I gave myself a solid two weeks of sleeping under the blanket before I wrote this review because I wanted to make sure I had ample time to see how I *really* felt. Here are some things I noticed while sleeping under the weighted blanket:
1. I woke up feeling remarkably well-rested over 70% of the time.
2. It never felt *too* heavy. I was worried about feeling suffocated by the weight of the blanket, but it feels like a nice, gentle love tap and not like a heavy burlap sack on your body.
3. My biggest complaint about the blanket is that the weight of it tends to pull it down through the night and I would wake up with a cold chest.
4. Two people could not sleep under one blanket for the night so if you aren't single, sorry.
5. It definitely didn't cure or erase any stressed out feelings I had, but it also didn't make them worse.
6. And I felt like I slept better overall while using the blanket vs not using it, so I'll take it.
7. If you tend to be a hot sleeper, you're gonna need to put a fan near you, because the blanket does tend to be on the warmer side due to the weight and material.
8. In my opinion, this blanket will make itself worth the $250 it cost. Because I will absolutely be using this blanket/sleeping with it regularly going forward, and I can only hope that I'll continue to experience an enhanced sleeping experience.
Also, my dog loves the blanket, and her opinion is the only one that really matters.
Get your own weighted blanket from Gravity Blanket or Amazon for $249+ (available in three weights and colors).
The blanket was provided to BuzzFeed free of charge but we were not obligated to review it, let alone positively review it.