A Guide to Weighted Blankets for Stress, Anxiety, and Better Sleep

This is NOT a weighted blanket. It's called an X-Ray Lead Apron. You might remember it from the dentist's office.

This is NOT a weighted blanket. It's called an X-Ray Lead Apron. You might remember it from the dentist's office.

Ever wonder why the lead x-ray blanket in the dentist's chair feels so great?

It's because weighted blankets help relax your nervous system, releasing a flood of "good-feeling" hormones into your body (similar to the hormones you get when you are hugged or held). Weighted blankets promote the release of serotonin, melatonin, and lower nighttime cortisol levels. This guide can help you find the right weighted blanket. That's the goal.


The Medical History of Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are not new to the medical community. They've been recommended by doctors to patients for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, and Insomnia for decades. It's only in the past few years that weighted blankets have become a more mainstream solution for everyone. 


The Best Weighted Blanket Brands

We gave each brand a nickname (in addition to their brand names) just to make it easy to understand what each brand is best known for.

1. The Bespoke. $130 on average (depends on your size).

We're biased! This is the weighted blanket we sell on the Beautiful Voyager Marketplace.

We're biased! This is the weighted blanket we sell on the Beautiful Voyager Marketplace.

2. The Upstart. $279.

This weighted blanket Kickstarter really turned heads when it launched, though it won't mail out its first shipment to early funders until October/November 2017.

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3. The Incumbent. $149.99

The Brookstone Weighted Blanket is sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It really opened up the category for other brands to follow. It is not customized to a specific body type. Description is "Suitable for anyone weighing 20 lb. and over."

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4. The Medical Forerunner. $215 on average (depends on your size).

Sensacalm's website is for researchers. They have a variety of weighted blankets for toddlers, kids, and adults, and lots of information about the medical benefits of weighted blankets. 

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Finding Your Right Fit

Each brand of weighted blanket presents weight selections in a different way. The Gravity blanket has 3 different sizes (like a small, medium, large). The weighted blanket we sell on the Beautiful Voyager marketplace is a little more granular. Here's the ratio we used to determine the correct weight: 10% of your body weight plus two or three pounds. You select the blanket according to your weight (example: if you're 150 lbs, the blanket is 17 lbs).

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Also important: Weighted blankets are made to fit the body, not the bed. The blanket is supposed to lay on top of the bed without hanging over the sides. Because the blanket is weighted, if it hangs over the sides, you will spend the entire night fighting to keep it from sliding into the floor (unappealing).

We would love to know about your own experiences with weighted blankets. Please share in comments or on the forums. Help other people learn from your experiences!