Weighted blankets add pressure and create a feeling of being hugged or swaddled, which can promote relaxation and better sleep. If you are considering or have recently purchased a weighted blanket, and you are wondering how to use it effectively, then this guide is for you.
Step 1: Choose the Right Size and Weight
When selecting a weighted blanket, it is essential to choose the right blanket weight and the most suitable blanket size for your body. Visit our How to Choose a Weighted Blanket Guide for more details
Step 2: Decide on the Best Position
You can use a weighted blanket in various positions, including lying down for sleep, sitting up, or even draped over your shoulders while you work. Decide which position feels the most comfortable for you with the added weight from your weighted blanket.
Also, some people find that having one or both feet outside of the weighted blanket provides a sense of relief and prevents them from feeling too trapped or overheated.
Step 3: Expect an Adjustment Period
It's essential to note that some people may experience an adjustment period when first using a weighted blanket. The weight of the blanket may feel unfamiliar or uncomfortable at first. However, this is entirely normal and is usually adjusted within hours or days.
Step 4: Get Cozy
Another helpful tip during the adjustment period is to start by placing the weighted blanket on your lower body, such as your legs or feet, first before gradually working your way up to your chest and shoulders. This can help your body adjust to the weight and pressure more gradually and may feel less overwhelming.
This can also be a good option for people who find the weight on their chest or shoulders uncomfortable. This can still provide a sense of relaxation and comfort without the pressure feeling too intense.
Step 5: Use the Blanket Consistently
Using a weighted blanket consistently is the key to getting the most benefit from it. You should aim to use the blanket every night or as often as possible to experience the full benefits.
If it is not intended for sleep, using the blanket for at least 20-30 minutes each session can help improve your sleep quality and reduce anxiety.
Step 6: Practice Relaxation Techniques
Using a weighted blanket can help you relax and reduce anxiety. To get the most benefit, try practicing some relaxation techniques while using the blanket. Deep breathing, meditation, or even listening to calming music can help you relax further while using the blanket.
Step 7: Listen to Your Body
It's essential go at your own pace when adjusting to using a weighted blanket. With patience and persistence, many people find that using a weighted blanket can provide a sense of comfort and relaxation that can improve their sleep and overall well-being.
However, if you find that the weighted blanket is causing discomfort or making it difficult to sleep, you may need to consider a lighter weighted blanket or alternative options.
Can I use my weighted blanket with a comforter or a top sheet?
Your Aricove Weighted Blankets are designed to offer maximum breathability and a cool touch which enable you to use it in conjunction with additional bedding you prefer.
To ensure the best experience, be sure to place your weighted blanket on top of your top sheet and under your comforter. This placement allows your weighted blanket to fit your body contours snugly.
Can we share a weighted blanket?
It is highly recommended to use two separate weighted blankets, one for each person. This can help ensure that each person has the right weight and pressure for their body and can move around freely without disturbing their partner.
Additionally, when you share it with your partner, it may not fully cover either of you, which defeats the purpose of using a weighted blanket to create a cocoon-like feeling.
Final Note: Using A Weighted Blanket for Better Sleep
A weighted blanket is a wellness product designed to help manage sleep and improve overall sleep quality. Our line of Aricove Weighted Blankets is carefully crafted to provide the most comprehensive experience and benefits for you or your loved ones.
If you have a medical condition that is interfering with your ability to get quality sleep and the symptoms persist for an extended period, we strongly advise you to seek professional medical advice.