Weighted Blanket Review- PTSD, Anxiety & Depression
Weighted Blanket Review
PTSD, Anxiety & Depression.
All I have to say is why did I ‘weight’ so long!?
Thanks to high stress levels & PTSD from past domestic violence & abuse (and an anxious brain that just won't shut off) I was in search of a way to get a better night’s rest. I’m a serial tosser-and-turner, and it’s often difficult for me to fall and stay asleep because I’m constantly thinking about tackling my to-do list, or wondering why I did something to that one girl in elementary school 30 years ago - hoping she doesn't still hate me for it.
That- along with some lingering post-partum anxiety (you know, the kind where you lay awake praying that your child doesn't suffocate in the middle of the night) produces a vicious cycle that leaves me feeling completely drained & exhausted in the morning.
I can be in bed and technically" asleep" for 8 hours and wake up feeling like I slept for seconds. And don't even get me started about my crazy dreams that leave me waking up in a pool of sweat & feeling like I had just ran a mental marathon.
I've literally tried almost everything I could think of to get a better nights sleep. Essential oils, magnesium, potassium, valerian root, melatonin, ASMR Videos, prescription meds that lead to some even crazier dreams, therapy, meditation, prayer, reading, shutting off all electronics hours before bed, blue light blocking glasses, cbd oil... I mean you name it- I've tried it.
While some of those things have helped me here are there, nothing has been sustainable for me. I’ve just kept searching for something- literally anything to help with my sleep - until I found a weighted blanket!
Have you heard or seen anything about them?! Weighted blankets have popped up all over my social media feeds lately, so after speaking with some friends that had purchased & used one with some positive results. I decided to give the trend a try.
Before going into purchase my weighted blanket, I did a TON of research.
Why? Not going to lie, They are very EXPENSIVE! So, I wanted to make sure that I was getting the best value for my money & the best quality to reap the best sleeping results!! (If you know anything about me, you know I research things to death before buying them. It might drive my hubby a tad crazy, but in the end I always want to make sure I'm getting top quality and the best value for my money.)
Here are the things that I took into consideration before deciding on a specific weighted blanket:
1. I wanted a HANDMADE blanket, by an actual person, who was talented with a sewing machine. Why? Well glad you asked.
Because weighted blankets are filled with small little pellets separated by little pockets to give them evenly distributed weight.
(And-I don't know about you- but I just envisioned a bright neon pink 1980's bean bag popping open and all those little pellets flying all over the room in the middle of the night.) So- I wanted to make sure that a someone hand made it- From all the research & reviews that I read, I noticed that the mass produced weighted blankets seams tend to rip more often than a handmade blanket.
2. I wanted to be able to choose the material it was made from.
Mostly because I like how certain fabrics feel. (Former massage therapist problems, I'm a very tactile person) With the blanket I ended up purchasing, I was able to get a soft "minky" fabric on one side and a nice printed soft organic cotton on the other side.
3. I wanted it filled with glass beads/pellets instead of the polly pellets.
Most weighted blankets are filled with polly pellets...I'm assuming because they are a cheaper option. But the polly pellets are bigger and more bulky than the glass beads, and they give the blanket more of a textured feeling. I really wanted a smooth comfortable blanket that looks like a regular blanket. Bonus- since the beads are glass I know they are non-toxic.
4. I found that the perfect weight for a blanket is around 10% of your actual body weight. So again, I wanted to make sure I was getting the proper weight for my body size and type. And when you get a handmade customized one, they can make sure it is exactly the weight you need. I weigh around 140 pounds so I got a 15 pound blanket. (My only complaint (if you would even call it that) would be I wish I would have gotten it a little bit heavier, as I like firm pressure, but that is just my personal preference. )
5. I started researching on Esty and found ONE store that had everything I wanted. Their name is Sensory Driven. They started making weighted blankets when they noticed how much their son who has CP, OSA, Epilepsy and SPD, benefited from them. I reached out to the owners of the Etsy Shop & asked them even MORE questions. They were so helpful and gave me all of the information I needed plus more! I literally can't say enough good things about them!
Then came the hard part. Asking my hubby if it was okay to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a product that may or may not help me sleep better & reduce my anxiety. Why ask my hubby? Well, because it was a big purchase & I like to discuss big purchases with him. It's just the thing we do in our relationship.
So I asked him... very reluctantly... and guess what he said?
"Go for it! If you think it will help you to relax and sleep then yes, try it!!"
WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO! (Insert happy dance!)
My hubby might be the most supportive person I have ever met.
So I got the go ahead and contacted the Etsy store! They confirmed my purchase right away and she said she would get started on making my blanket! I did have to wait a 6 whole weeks before it was finished! (Waiting for it was the hardest part!) But seriously, let me just tell you- IT. WAS. SO. WORTH. IT!
My blanket came so nicely packaged. You could tell it was handmade with lots of love. I immediately unpacked my blanket and laid down on the couch to try it out! You know that feeling when you go to the dentist & you have to get x-rays and they lay that weighted lead vest on you? Well! That's exactly what it felt like! Like that but, it surrounded my whole entire body and felt like a full body compression/hug. In just a few minutes I could literally feel my blood pressure lowering & the muscles in my body slowly releasing & relaxing.
That first night, I slept like a baby (no wait- babies don't actually sleep well) I slept like my husband! Dallas (my hubby) said this was the first night in a long time that he didn't feel me tossing & turning all night!
Was it a fluke? I gave it a few weeks to make up my mind. I've had my blanket for almost 6 months now and I have to say this was one of the best purchases that I have ever made for my sleep quality!
When I travel and I'm not able to bring it with me, my sleep suffers! I can't believe how much of a difference it makes.
If I'm having a stressful day, I just wrap myself up in a cocoon, lay in the recliner and I am almost instantly calmer. The pressure, the texture of the fabric, the warm comfortable feeling- its a feeling that is so hard to describe. Even my 3 year old daughter requests to lay under it with me.
So would I recommend a weighted blanket?
100% Hands down - YES!
Here are some Additional Benefits/Uses for a Weighted Blanket:
-Helps with Sensory Processing Disorder
-Fights Back Against Stress
-Improves Focus for ADHD
-Eases Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
-Helps Fibromyalgia Pain
-Improves Sleep Quality
-Eases Travel Anxiety
-Addresses PTSD symptoms
-Helps Manage OCD
Do you own or have you tried out a weighted blanket?
Do you like them? How do they make you feel?
What types of things have you found they help you with?
I'd love to hear your personal feedback and story!