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Can I use a weighted blanket at night?

Dec 17, 2022 | By Quietly Staff

Yes you can use a weighted blanket to sleep at night. Weighted blankets are a powerful calming tool that can help you sleep better at night, helping your mind and body. 

They can help you relax before bed so you can fall asleep faster. They help you wake up less, and feel refreshed in the morning. You'll move less and have a calmer night's sleep. 

If pain keeps you up at night, a weighted blanket can help you relax and fall asleep.

Studies have shown that people have a deeper more restful sleep after using a weighted blanket. So much so people with insomnia or who relied on sleep medication notice improvements in their sleep.

Should you use a weighted blanket every night? 

We know that you can use a blanket every night, but should you? When you use a weighted blanket, whether during the day or at night, it’s based on your personal preferences and what feels comfortable to you. Some people will find sleeping with it every night comforting, while for others it's uncomfortable. 

If you sleep with a blanket every night for 7 to 8 hours at night (or however many hours you get), it's possible you're using it too much. So cut back on how often you sleep with it but at the end of the day, just do what feels comfortable to you.

Using your weighted blanket for the first time at night

When you first start using a weighted blanket it will take time for you to adjust to the new weight on your body. You may like it instantly, find it too heavy, or not heavy enough. To help your body adjust to the new weight, you can limit the amount of time you use it for. Start with 2 hours, and gradually increase until you’ve had time to adjust to your comfort level. 

You don’t have to sleep with the blanket over your whole body the first few nights. Place it below your hips, halfway down your toros, or just your legs. But at the end of the day, just do what feels best for you. 

How long does it take until you start feeling the benefit?

The benefits a person feels from a weighted blanket is a personal experience, and will vary for every person. People have reported that when they’re out of town and staying with friends and family that they miss their weighted blanket and notice their sleep is worse.

For some people they’ll start noticing the benefits instantly, for others it may take longer. If you don’t notice anything right away, you may need to give it more time or increase the blanket weight. 

Should you take sleep medication?

Weighted blankets help you sleep and reduce your need for sleep medication, even if you rely on it. In one study, people found that for the best sleep, they took their sleep medication and slept with a weighted blanket.

How weighted blankets help insomnia 

If you struggle to fall or stay asleep, or wake up early for 3 weeks or more, you could have insomnia. Weighted blanket do help people fall and stay asleep, reducing the symptoms of insomnia. It also helps the people feel more rested in the morning, so they're more alert, refreshed and less sleepy. 

Before it would take people hours to fall sleep, they would lie in bed until the early morning, but after using a weighted blanket, they found they could fall sleep within 30 minutes, have a deeper sleep, without waking up in the night. 

Not only can you use a weighted blanket at night, you can use it during the day to help you relax. 

When should people stop using a weighted blanket at night?

If you feel any discomfort, stop using the blanket and consult your doctor. You could be using the blanket for too long, so limit your use. Consider using it during the day, instead of at night. 

What is the best weighted blanket for sleep?

Hands down, Quietly's weighted blankets. It's available in multiple pressures to help your fall asleep and for a good restorative night's rest.  

Shop our weighted blankets to help you sleep naturally.  

To learn more weighted blankets and sleep

Learn more about why we need a good night's sleep and how weighted blanket help you get 1 to 3 hours more sleep and the other ways it can help you.

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