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Weighted Blankets?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by studio1087, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. studio1087

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    Do any of you have one of these and do they actually help you sleep?

    I suffer from insomnia and I keep seeing commercials for these weighted blankets on TV and they say that they help people sleep but it looks like a weird gimmick to me.

    Just wondering if anyone can confirm or deny that one of these things will help you sleep better.

    Thanks
     
  2. elihu

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    John, weighted blankets are also used clinically for the calming effect they have. I couldn’t tell you the mechanism of action but they are known to be effective.
     
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    My ex wife bought one for her son, he was 5 yrs old and too hyper to stay in bed lol.
    Didnt help a bit in his case.
    She paid quite a bit for it, like 80$, so it seemed to be good quality.
    It quickly began to fall apart, and i dont recall it helping any of us to sleep.
     
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    I doubt they'll make much of a difference. When it was cold last week, my wife and I were under three heavy blankets, no real difference. Long bicycle rides or long runs are the best remedy for insomnia, imo.
     
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    My wife has a 15lb one. She’s the type that will be exhausted, lay down, get comfortable then her mind starts racing. Whenever that happens, she gets that weighted blanket out and it really helps her to fall asleep.
     
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    Are they hot? Seems to me that would be a drawback.

    Cheers,
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    I’d be interested if they work for getting to sleep

    My understanding of them is that they just help you stay asleep by making you feel secure and less likely to get one of those falling out of tree/wake up reflexes that saved our tree dwelling ancestors
     
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    I've only seen them used by folks with serious sensory issues like autism.
     
  9. elihu

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    They also work for minor sensory issues.
     
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    Who needs a weighted blanket when they have a dog or cat?
     
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    My wife piles the covers on in the winter time. She's afraid we'll freeze during the night, since we've always turned the heating off when we go to bed. Our house is so well insulated I don't know if it's ever been colder than sixty five degrees in here, or hotter than eighty five during one of those summer heat waves even with a/c off. At first the weight bothered me, but now I sleep like a mouse in a paper sack, so maybe there's something to the weighted blanket thing..
     
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    I'd like one. I love when it is cold and you have to be bundled under a bunch of covers... I hate the heat on at night.. so, I'll bet they totally help...
     
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    I suppose it depends on the cause of your insomnia.

    I don't know how well-tested this is yet, but I've read that the idea behind why these work (when they do) is that in sleep, there's some part of our brains that is constantly on the look-out for threats (sensible, as sleep is when a creature is most vulnerable). This includes special attention paid so sensations of light touch (I suppose since this might indicate, say, something creeping up on you to eat you). "Normal" light blankets apparently trigger this in some people, preventing them from achieving a particular quality of sleep. So weighted blankets are supposed to give all the benefits of normal ones, without triggering our ancestors' justified subconscious paranoia.

    In terms of actual experience, my ex-girlfriend bought one at once point and loved it. Using it improved her sleep immensely.
     
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    Handmade quilts with wool batting instead of cotton are the way to go. I mean, when’s the last time you saw a sheep shiver?
     
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    It is worth a try. I know compression coats are also used to calm anxious pets. If your insomnia is related to anxiety, I think it would have more of a chance of working. Why not first get a couple heavy blankets and see if it has any effect?
     
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    Can anybody recommend one. I know there are ones with glass beads. Not sure about other ones.

    Cheers,
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    . My wife’s friend bought her one for Christmas, a 15 pounder as well, have yet to try it, she wants to get a zippable cover for it to keep dog hair off of it. She likes the idea... I typically have no problems sleeping, and don’t think I’d feel comfortable weighted down, heck, I usually sleep with just the sheet and a leg hanging out... but supposedly they help, for those that need that kind of help
     
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    My nephew swears by his.
    I like a big comforter, but haven't tried a specific product.
    A big ol doggo can do the same thing for me.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    My wife bought one awhile back. They are nice for ten minutes or so. Then it starts to cause problems. Unless you never move or toss when you sleep. I don't like wrestling with a 15 lb. blanket. I'm my opinion they are a worthless sham. Seriously, once you move around it's a pain in the ....!
     
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    I tried one, and it seemed to have the opposite effect. When you try to roll over, it wakes you up b/c it's so heavy. I think they're mostly just another scam.
     
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