I Bought A Weighted Blanket And Here's What Happened

I won't lie guys - I love sleeping. Lie-ins are life and I love that feeling of cwtching in bed after a long day. However, it's not all plain sailing when it comes to sleeping when you have bad anxiety. If I've had a day where my anxiety has hit, sleeping can be a little bit of a struggle. Those nagging thoughts that keep me awake and overthinking the thoughts I have already overthought don't help to gain a good night's rest. While looking at solutions to help when anxiety hits before bedtime, one item cropped up quite a lot in the search engine - a weighted blanket.

A pink weighted blanket on a bed.


A weighted blanket is something I'd heard of, but I never really knew its benefits. I had always just assumed that it was something to help keep you warm in bed! However, a weighted blanket surprisingly carries a lot of benefits with it. 


So, after reading and researching which one was the best to buy, I headed to Amazon and bought myself one (linked here). I bought one which was 6kg in weight. One scepticism I did have before I bought one was that the weight of the blanket would be quite restrictive. I don't want to feel 'too' weighed down in my bed when I had it sprawled on me in bed. 


The day it arrived, I went to bed that night and decided to give it a whirl. The worries I had about the weighted blanket being too heavy and restrictive immediately disappeared after trying it. It surprised me that it didn't feel too heavy and it felt very relaxing having it on me. It felt like being tucked in tightly in bed. The weight is evenly distributed in the blanket, which aids sleep. For those wondering, a weighted blanket is full of glass beads, hence its heaviness. Its cover is made from breathable material.  

A woman using a pink weighted blanket.


I don't use it all of the time, only when I have had an anxious or stressful day. I like to think that if I have had a worrisome day, going to bed and knowing the weighted blanket will help me off to sleep will make me feel better. 


One thing I have definitely noticed is that when I have used the weighted blanket, it has helped with my back pain. I have suffered from lower back pain for years, due to thinning of the lumbar spine. Using the blanket has certainly benefitted my back, not massively, but there's been an improvement. 

There are a few other advantages of using a weighted blanket, and they are -

1) Improves quality of sleep

As I've already stated, the blanket does help to improve your sleep and your sleeping pattern. This would be perfect for you if you struggle with sleeping, staying asleep, getting to sleep etc. 


2) Relieves stress and decreases anxiety

This is one of the main reasons that I use the weighted blanket. It definitely helps to reduce stress and anxiety when trying to sleep. 

A pink weighted blanket on a bed.

3) Increases serotonin levels

Now, I did have to research serotonin levels as I wasn't quite sure what they were. Serotonin helps to regulate attention, behaviour and body temperature. That deep, heavy touch from a weighted blanket can help to increase these levels within your body. 

4) Less tossing and turning

We could all do without tossing and turning at night, right?


So, would I recommend a weighted blanket? 

Yes, I would, but - only if you can definitely benefit from it. If you are having trouble sleeping, then a weighted blanket is a good option for you to try. If you have anxiety at night, this would be a good option for you too. I've loved using mine and only use it when I really need it. 

I'd love to know your thoughts!

36 comments
  1. I got one last year and I agree, they are amazing! A nap with a weighted blanket is a slippery slope though as I never want to get up!

    Kathleen / www.madeinthe1990s.com

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    1. Oh I don't think I could ever get up from a nap if I had a weighted blanket on me!

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  2. I've heard really good things about weighted blankets, will definitely keep it in mind if I'm ever struggling to sleep!
    Amy x
    callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. It's definitely worth an investment if you struggle with sleep! x

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  3. That's really interesting that you say to use if when you need to rather than all the time. I have trouble sleeping for around 4-5 days every month (coincides with the full moon) so I take a herbal sleep supplement. Perhaps a weighted blanket might be worth trying too - thank you!

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    1. Yeah I only need it when my anxiety hits me really, it definitely helps me drift off to a natural sleep!

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  4. I too have a weighted blanket + when I first used it I noticed an immediate difference. I haven't used it recently though but perhaps I should! Thanks for the blog post 😊 xo

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    1. Perhaps you need to start using it again Sarah, like you, I noticed an immediate difference when I first started using mine! x

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  5. Although I wouldn't need a weighted blanket for anxiety, the fact that it increases serotonin sounds like a big benefit to me!

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    1. It was a surprise for me when I discovered that a weighted blanket can help with serotonin levels!

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  6. I've been tempted to try a weighted blanket for a while now. It's great that you found mental and physical benefits from it.

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    1. It's been well worth the money Kelly, it has benefitted me so much!

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  7. i've considered getting a weighted blanket to relieve stress & anxiety. you've convinced me.

    B | Mind Beauty Simplicity | www.mind-beauty-simplicity.com

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    1. I hope you manage to buy one for yourself!

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  8. I love my weighted blanket, especially curled up on the sofa in the winter x

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  9. I've heard so many rave reviews about weighted blankets! Although I didn't actually know what was in them to make them weighted, but the beads makes total sense! I'm glad this has benefitted you!

    Claire.X
    www.clairemac.co.uk

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    1. Yeah I didn't know what made them so heavy before I bought one, but like you say, it makes total sense! x

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  10. I brought my weighted blanket a while ago now and I got mine from Kud.ly. It is amazing isn’t it! It helps me with my chronic pain and helps with restless legs. It helps me sleep better too. I have a grey one. Yours is a lovely colour. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. I'm glad that your weighted blanket helps with your chronic pain and with restless legs. I nearly bought a grey one, but decided on the pink instead!

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  11. this is great I have been looking into getting one !!!
    - shy - https://www.shyyshianne.com/

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  12. I've always wanted to try one of these! They sound so relaxing! I love the colour of yours.

    Corinne x
    https://skinnedcartree.com

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  13. I really want one of these, I think it'll be my next purchase because it is freezing and I am stressed
    Rosie

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    1. Please make it your next purchase Rosie - you won't regret it!

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  14. I always heard so many raving reviews about weighted blankets but never got one! I didn't know it could also benefit your back and serotonin level!

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    1. Yeah it surprised me when I found out how many useful benefits a weighted blanket has!

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  15. I've been waiting to try a weighted blanket for years because even though I normally don't have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, there are times where I get stressed and anxious and can't fall asleep. I was worried that it would be too heavy and restrictive though, but that's good to know that's not the case!

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    1. I would always say start off with the lightest weight possible first, just so you get used to it! But yes, it's not restrictive like I thought it would be - which is great!

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  16. Great review Lucy! I was looking at weighed blankets last year and there are so many great benefits to using one. I'm going to keep an eye out for one!

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  17. I have a weighted blanket too, and I love it, but yours has a way prettier colour haha!

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    1. I'm glad you love your weighted blanket too Monique!

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  18. This is such a helpful post about weighted blankets - I learned so much!

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    1. I'm glad you learned a lot from this post Jodie!

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