Do Weighted Blankets Help With Insomnia?
After reading many reviews stating the benefits of weighted blankets for people with anxiety, I decided to purchase one to see if it helped with my insomnia. We all know that anxiety goes hand in hand with insomnia so I wondered if it would help me get a bit more sleep.
When I purchased the blanket, I decided to take a full week to decide if it made any difference. While everyone’s experience will differ, this is how using a weighted blanket has affected my sleep patterns.
Weighted blankets are like security blankets
I usually pile blankets on top of me. I do not do this because I am cold. In fact, I generally end up hot under all those blankets and that makes it harder to sleep. It was the weight of the blankets that made me feel more secure. This was something I figured out very recently, and it is why I decided to try a weighted blanket.
The first night I noticed I immediately felt more comfortable. Security blankets are generally associated with children, but this sure felt like a security blanket for me. I did not need the additional blankets, so I removed everything but my sheets, bedspread, and weighted blanket. The temperature was much nicer. I was not hot, but I was not cold, either. I felt much like Goldilocks finding the “just right” bed in the bears’ cabin in the woods.
Falling asleep faster and getting more sleep
My normal time to go to sleep is around 3 a.m. The first night, I noticed I was starting to nod off around 2 a.m. Over the next few nights, I started going to sleep about an hour earlier. If you have insomnia, you know how much difference an hour of sleep can make. I was more comfortable because I was not hot but still had the weight of the extra blankets.
This extra hour of sleep was fantastic. Nothing I have tried in the past has helped me fall asleep faster, so that is a big deal. However, if you have insomnia you know that falling asleep is only half the battle. Would it help me stay asleep?
Can a weighted blanket help you stay asleep?
I normally wake up at least 2 or 3 times throughout the night. It generally takes between 30 minutes to an hour and a half to go back to sleep each time. My expectations for the blanket helping me stay asleep were low, but I was pleasantly surprised. The very first night, I only woke up once. I was able to get back to sleep in less than a half-hour. That was a huge improvement.
Being able to get longer periods of uninterrupted sleep made me feel so much better during the day. I had several nights in a row where I only woke up once and returned to sleep within minutes. Last night, for the first night in as long as I can remember, I slept the entire night without waking up even once. For someone with insomnia, that is nothing short of amazing. Waking up only once and returning to sleep quickly was fantastic, but this was amazing.
Thoughts on weighted blankets and insomnia
My blanket weighs 12 pounds. I am a small person — petite and barely above what is considered underweight for my height. It is enough weight to be comforting without feeling heavy on my small frame. I do not feel like I am weighed down when I roll over in bed. It really does feel just right, and I think, for me, a heavier blanket would be too much weight.
I can only assume that it has helped because I feel more secure and I am at a more comfortable temperature throughout the night. Whatever the reason, I am able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I see that as a huge win in my war against insomnia.
Fellow insomniacs, if you have not tried a weighted blanket, you should. I have had much more sleep in the past week. I am very interested in knowing whether or not a weighted blanket has helped other insomniacs. If you have tried a weighted blanket, were you able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer? I would love to hear about your experience.
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