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Benefits of Weighted Blankets

You may be wondering what weighted blankets are.  They are blankets that are usually filled with plastic or glass pellets to add weight to them.  They usually range in weight from 4 to 25 lbs.  These blankets are usually chosen by comparing your own weight.  

A lot of people compare weighted blankets to hugs.  They give you the same sort of sensation as being held and have even been compared to having an Xray apron placed on you.

Weighted blankets are said to help with moderate insomnia, depression and anxiety.  Swedish researchers have done some studies  that showed improvements in sleep, calmness and anxiety.  

I received a 12 lb weighted blanket from Therapedic to review and the first thing that I noticed about the blanket was that it was very soft and luxurious feeling.  It also has a nice, thick border around the edges.  It keeps me nice and warm at night and is so comfortable to sleep with.

I tend to toss and turn a lot when I sleep.  Most of the time it is from chronic pain, but I found that sleeping with the Therapedic weighted blanket, I tended to toss and turn less.  I found that it does give me a sensation of being "hugged".  While, I would personally use a heavier weight blanket based on my weight, I found that the one that I received,  was very nice and I enjoyed the sensation of the blanket.  So, I would say that it is all a matter of preference as to weight you choose, as well.  This type of blanket  was something that I always wanted to try and I am glad that I did.  I heard so many positive things about weighted blankets, and I can concur with them.

Most weighted blankets run in a price range of roughly $100-$250.    This one runs between $129.99 and $209.99. Here is a bit of detailed information about the Therapedic® Reversible Weighted Blanket that I received.

Available in 3 colors:  Grey, Navy and Taupe

Also available in 8, 12, 16, 20, and 25 lb. 


Sleep deeply and wake feeling more refreshed with a Therapedic Reversible Weighted Blanket. Using the same comforting pressure as a loving hug to elicit a sense of calmness and relaxation, the added weight helps you sleep comfortably through the night.
  • Glass pellets add weight to create a calming and relaxing embrace for a better sleep experience
  • Removable, washable cover for easy care
  • 100% polyester
  • 97% glass pellets/3% polyester fill
  • Extra small blanket measures 40" W x 50" L; weighs 8 lb.
  • Small blanket measures 48" W x 68" L; weighs 12 lb.
  • Medium blanket measures 52" W x 72" L; weighs 16 lb.
  • Large blanket measures 54" W x 74" L; weighs 20 lb.
  • Extra large blanket measures 60" W x 80" L; weighs 25 lb.
  • Limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty
  • Imported
  • Each Therapedic Reversible Weighted Blanket is sold separately

If you have a child with autism, read this article from Autism Parenting magazine which also talks about weighted blankets and their benefits.

For more information on buying the perfect blanket for yourself, visit this buying guide.

Disclosure:  I received this blanket to review for my honest, personal opinion, based on my own experience.  Your opinion may differ.