Weighted Blanket

Hear me out, I swear I'm not trying to bring about the formation of Better Homes and Gardens: Lightfighter edition......although....

Anyway:  I've had issues sleeping for quite some time.  When I was on midnights, I would sleep 12 hours a day and still be tired.  Lately, working both days and nights, I started finding myself struggling with sleep again.  I could sleep a lot, but the quality sucked.  I was always tired.

I know some of the route causes are issues and home and anxiety/PTS related but I'm not to the point where it's effected daily life and I'm no where near ready for meds, so I started looking at how do I improve my sleep.  Some of the best sleep I've gotten was when I was in the academy (residential), partly because I was exhausted but also (I realized) because of how cold it was and I was sleeping under 2-3 wool blankets.  Weight!  It was the weight!!  

My ah-ha moment was when I realized how much better I slept on a couch because of how it "sucked me in" and made me feel really supported.  My wife and I started researching weighted blankets after some random adds on book-face and read some impressive testimonials. For Christmas, the wife hooked me up with a 20 pound weighted blanket from Bed Bath and Beyond simply labeled as "therapeutic weighted blanket."

The blanket has a soft, fleece type outer shell and has and interior with sand-ish filled baffles that provide the weight.  This week, being on night shift, I gave the blanket a whirl.  In total, I've used the blanket 4 times: twice on a sofa, once on a futon and once in my bed at home.

First, the quality of sleep has been UN-FUCKING-BELIEABLE.  The first night I slept for 5 hours and woke up feeling like I had slept for a solid 9.  I actually had time to go back to sleep, so I did.  All told, I sacked 9 hours of super quality sleep.  I had energy to come home and do stuff!  The second night was much the same and the third night (my bed at home) I sacked 7 uninterrupted hours of sleep.  Last night at work I got 8 with no interruptions and came home without needing a nap.

Besides uninterrupted sleep, I've noticed an almost absence of any tossing and turning to get comfortable.  Additionally, I was usually good for one fucked up dream every night or two and so far I haven't had any.  

The best way to describe the feeling of the blanket is that it's almost like a seatbelt in a car, in that I feel like I'm part of the bed and not just lying on it.  Kind of like a system if you will.  I can still move around if need be, my breathing isn't impacted and I haven't woken up freaking out from the restriction yet.

I'm not saying this thing is magic, but in a world where a lot of us in Police/Fire/EMS/Military are dealing with limited sleep time and sleep issues, this so far has proven to be an amazing solution to my sleep issues.  I'm hoping this trend continues.

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I agree. I also prefer a “heavy” blanket. Don’t know what or why, but I also sleep better. Of course, it only works in winter due to heat.

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I’m wondering if this could help me. The longest uninterrupted stretch of sleep I’ve had since my colon was removed 4 years ago has been 6 hours. And yes , I’m always tired. I wonder if it could help not because  I’m incapable  of sleeping longer but with no colon the frequency  with which certain bodily functions takes place is sped up and total control is an issue if I go too long without taking care of business. I hope that’s not TMI, but it is what I deal with on a nightly basis. The alternative if I still had my colon is I’d be dead by now, so as bad as it is, I’d rather have this issue than the alternative. 

I too have noticed I sleep better on the sofa and in my recliner. Not longer, just better. 

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My wife has Fibromyalgia.  It could be 100 degrees outside, and yet she'll still sit around with a blanket on her, or sleep at night with a "heavy blanket" (for the summer), while I'm under just a sheet (I sleep really "hot", to the point that I HAVE to have my feet outside of the blanket just to get to sleep).  She's been weighing the idea of a "heavy blanket" (see what I did there?) for about a year now.  I actually showed her this thread and she kept saying Yeah and Nodding as she read along.  Because of this thread, not only may we have to get HER a weighted blanket, but I may have to try it out myself.

I personally have a hard time GETTING to sleep (my hands/arms fall asleep easily, my pillow gets hot quickly, I seem to only be able to lay in one position for about 10 minutes, so if I don't fall asleep I shift and start the clock all over again, etc.).  Once asleep, I seem to sleep OK (I have NO dreams and according to the wife don't really snore), but even with 7 or 8 hours of sleep, I don't seem to feel rested in the morning (22 years of Military, I'm used to waking up and getting moving, even if I don't WANT to.  It APPEARS that I'm a "morning person" since I'm up and running fairly quickly, but that's the furthest thing from the truth.  I'm typically a grumpy fucker till I get my 2nd cup of coffee).  It would be NICE, if I could actually get a good night's sleep and wake up "normal" and not ready to rip someone's head off every morning.


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Back during my first gov sponsored trip to Afghanistan I ended up buying and shipping homemlm several monster blankets- think about 20" larger in each dimenson than a king size comforter and is 3" thick- that weighs - I KID YOU NOT 60 freaking pounds.

This blanket anchors me to the mattress and puts me to sleep nicely. (And provides trample armor when the Dane decides to jump on me to wake me up).

I most certainly do not understand the why of it working, but it does.

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Weighted blankets and clothing are used regularly for kids with sensory issues and autism.  The heavier weight can be calming when their bodies are seeking tactile input.  My youngest used his blanket and vest at school for several years when he got amped up. Probably the same type of stuff going on when type A folks are keyed up, the weight gives the brain enough safe input to relax.  

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My wife bought me recently. It is helping me get to sleep and get better than decent quality sleep. The one area it isn't helping with is getting back to sleep. Even with it, once I'm awake I'm generally stuck awake. 

Other than that last one, a weighted blanket seems to have benefits. 

I used an old heating blanket that my wife recently threw away. Always felt rested when I've used it. I've seem kickstarters for weighted blankets where they want 250 for a twin size.

I'd like to know which blanket your wife got you. I've got a bed, bath, and beyond in my town.

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Truckie,

Look on Amazon and Overstock for weighted blankets - much less than you mentioned.  The wife has one, and it seems to help with some issues, including anxiety.  She has had very poor quality sleep for years.  This is helping, although is not the total answer.  I have used it once or twice and found it nice.  

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Sleep environment is pretty important.  A weighted blanket is too much for me.  Other TTP helped a lot.  This included a completely darkened room with eye shade, a white noise machine, setting the thermostat so the  heat goes off at 9PM and cycles back on at 5AM.  My wife drew the line at blackout curtains.  Remove all the electronics in the room.  Something about the blue light they emit is sensed by the eyes and skin.  Studies have shown that human skin can detect photons from starlight so setting your bedroom up for a good night's sleep can be somewhat involved.  I have to have a snack before bed most nights, or I wake up hungry and can't get back to sleep.

And since some of us have lived long enough to become "grumpy fucker"s, you may want to get a sleep study done to check for sleep apnea.  Hell, if you've deployed, you may want to get a sleep study.  One of my sergeants snored like a band saw at age 30.  After the sleep study, and getting a CPAP, he got better sleep and was much more effective.  Of course, his 3 y.o. teased him about being an elephant ...

So take a look at your room and make sure it's conducive to good sleep.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Sleep environment is pretty important.  A weighted blanket is too much for me.  Other TTP helped a lot.  This included a completely darkened room with eye shade, a white noise machine, setting the thermostat so the  heat goes off at 9PM and cycles back on at 5AM.  My wife drew the line at blackout curtains.  Remove all the electronics in the room.  Something about the blue light they emit is sensed by the eyes and skin.  Studies have shown that human skin can detect photons from starlight so setting your bedroom up for a good night's sleep can be somewhat involved.  I have to have a snack before bed most nights, or I wake up hungry and can't get back to sleep.

And since some of us have lived long enough to become "grumpy fucker"s, you may want to get a sleep study done to check for sleep apnea.  Hell, if you've deployed, you may want to get a sleep study.  One of my sergeants snored like a band saw at age 30.  After the sleep study, and getting a CPAP, he got better sleep and was much more effective.  Of course, his 3 y.o. teased him about being an elephant ...

So take a look at your room and make sure it's conducive to good sleep.  

 

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I use an extra pillow across my lower chest  / upper stomach area then throw the blanket over. The slight pressure seems to help.

It was something I started doing after  my gallbladder was removed,  when they pumped.me full of gas to make room for the surgeon it exposed a weak spot and caused a hernia and slightly worsen a preexisting one.

sak45acp posted:

Weighted blankets and clothing are used regularly for kids with sensory issues and autism.  The heavier weight can be calming when their bodies are seeking tactile input.  My youngest used his blanket and vest at school for several years when he got amped up. Probably the same type of stuff going on when type A folks are keyed up, the weight gives the brain enough safe input to relax.  

Yessir... one of mine has SPD (amongst some other stuff that screws with her senses) and uses a weighted blanket. Helps slow her down tremendously at bedtime, along with cutting off all screen time two hours before bed which is good for all of us. 

I’ll have to look into vests. 

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An Update:  The wife bought a 60x80", 25lb Quility blanket.  She is in HEAVEN.  Before the blanket, it would take her a good 2 hours after she woke up before she would be able to bend over and pick something up off the floor.  We've had the blanket now 5 days +/- and she can literally bend over as soon as she gets out of bed.  She's sleeping better, feeling more refreshed when she wakes up, and feeling less/no pain when she wakes up.  This is definitely something that will be with us for MANY years to come.  

My take:  the first night we had it, we turned it "sideways", with the 80 going ACROSS, and I tried it out.  I fell asleep fairly quickly and slept through the night.  BUT, I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a Mack Truck.  I was groggy, disoriented, and just overall out of sorts.  It took me most of the day to recover.  My feeling is, if I do indeed get one, is I will be buying a smaller, lighter blanket, like a 20lb.  The only time I've seeked out being covered in blankets is when I'm really sick and trying to burn out my fever, so I don't CRAVE a heavy blanket FEEL on top of me.  I'm willing to give it another go, but at a lighter weight.

I was absolutely SHOCKED by the weight of the blanket overall.  Of course, I see 25lbs and THINK that the entire blanket weighs 25lbs.  These damn things are HEAVY.  It takes some planning just to get under the thing (we both sleep with body pillows, so trying to get the blanket off, then pull the pillow in, then get the blanket back over the top of everything).  For the wife?  Awesome purchase.  For Me?  The jury is still out.


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tankersteve posted:

Truckie,

Look on Amazon and Overstock for weighted blankets - much less than you mentioned.  The wife has one, and it seems to help with some issues, including anxiety.  She has had very poor quality sleep for years.  This is helping, although is not the total answer.  I have used it once or twice and found it nice.  

Tankersteve

Can you recall the type she bought and where?  I am looking at those two outlets because their shipping over here would be painless.

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JCU-  This is what we used to choose the blanket:  https://www.tuck.com/weighted-blanket-reviews/  Hence, how we went with Quility.  Search Quility weighted blanket on Amazon and you'll find them; hell, search any of the manufacturers listed and you should find them.  The issue currently is, there's a big push on weighted blankets so they keep showing out of stock.  That SHOULD right itself as time goes on.  If you find what you're looking for?  Then BUY it, don't put it in your cart.  Quility came back in stock, I put the blanket in my cart, and within 12 hours it was back OUT of stock.


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Sorry, no specifics available from the wife.  As Cytez mentioned, go check some reviews and grab a decent one.  The construction isn't rocket science, so a decent product should generally be a decent product.

It hasn't been everything to my wife, but we truly think it is beneficial.

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I picked up one of these last week because of this thread, a 15lb one from Bed Bath and Beyond.

It was like a switch had been flipped, and I've never slept so well. Went to sleep in less that five minutes, no tossing and turning (which I'm notorious for), didn't wake up three or four times during the night, and woke up feeling amazing. Best $140 I've ever spent.

Unfortunately that one was leaking the pellets, so I took it back and they're out of stock. I picked up a smaller one from Target for about half the price, but it feels more like a heavy mat (think x ray lead apron) than the pocketed ones that conform to your body. It's not working the same for me.

So I'll be getting another, as the concept is sound.

 

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My mother gave me one of these blankets for Christmas.  I thought she was nuts.  She loves to shop and it's not unheard of to get weird stuff for gifts just because she found it on sale.   Brand name is Blanquil.

I love the thing.  It is a 15lb'er but small.  It's not a full bed blanket - just enough to cover me on the couch.  I'm surprisingly not hot when I'm under it, but it might just be that I'm sleeping better and not tossing and turning. 

I'm going to look into a little heavier and a full kind sized blanket. 

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