So been hearing about these weighted blankets. Can anyone give me some reviews ? Would they recommened them.
Both myself and my partner struggle with anxiety, he even gets anxiety attacks. And sleeping can be difficult.
I've just got one of those. It arrived during the hottest day of the year, naturally, so I didn't use it for the first few days I had it as it was far too hot!!!
The first night I used it was the night before I was due to start my first early shift (5am alarm) in a set of 7 shifts. Now, all my colleagues have the same problem as me which we 'affectionately' refer to as first early insomnia and we all have trouble sleeping knowing we have a very early start. With the weighted blanket, I still didn't get a great nights sleep, took ages to get to sleep, woke up a lot, etc but weirdly I didn't get the same sense of anxiety and panic about not being able to sleep as I usually do.
Every other night since then, I've had a pretty good nights sleep. I think one night I even slept right through which NEVER happens!! But I think I've maybe woken up once during the night, twice at most and had no trouble getting back to sleep.
It's kind of like a comforting cocoon.
I love mine, money well spent!!
I have a weighted blanket and I absolutely love it! I also struggle with anxiety and I have regular meltdowns. I use the weighted blanket both before and after meltdowns; sometimes it prevents them altogether and sometimes it helps me calm down afterwards. I find it really relaxing. The one I have is made of glass fibre and for some reason, I don't find it makes me hotter (even in summer). 100% would recommend - give it a try :)
DuckBread I was looking at making one of these. I'm quite good on a sewing machine but is it tricky with the beads? Like, a bit if a faff? I'm looking at making one with natural fibres (a lot of the bought ones are synthetic and i sweat a lot at night....natural fibres help me breathe!). I was also considering glass beads over the plastic ones.
Any advice from your perspective? Thanks.
I have one. Will go for a heavier and larger one next time. I find it alright, nothing special.
I'm not sure how tricky it is - the weighted blanket was bought for me as a gift, so I've never tried making one. I do find it's really heavy to lift, so I wonder whether it might be difficult on a sewing machine. Worth a try though! There might be some tips online? I'd be interested to know how you get on
In terms of glass versus plastic beads, I think the glass does help with temperature control, so I'd recommend those.
Thanks DuckBread. I mis-read your post and thought you said you'd made one! Yes I think I'd go with glass if I were to make one. I could make some mini blankets then stitch them all together that might be easier.
I wish I was talented enough to make one That sounds like a good idea. Let us know how it goes