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Dr. Hart’s Weighted Blanket Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Dr harts Weighted Blankets

What are the benefits of using a weighted blanket? 

Weighted blankets have so many benefits in improving the quality of your sleep. It has been shown to relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, insomnia, and many other sleeping conditions that interrupt one’s sleep during the night. Weighted blankets utilize deep touch stimulation which provides unparalleled comfort as you sleep.

How does a weighted blanket work? 

A weighted blanket has beads that make the blanket heavier than normal blankets. It uses deep touch pressure therapy to stimulate the neurotransmitters to release “happy hormones” like dopamine and serotonin. These very same hormones are great for combating depression, stress, and anxiety so that you can fall asleep better and faster at night.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be? 

Anyone can use a weighted blanket, and its designated weight depends on the weight of the user. If the user weighs around a hundred to a hundred and sixty pounds, then the blanket must be ten to fifteen pounds. Adults who weigh a hundred and sixty-five to two hundred pounds should use 20-pound weighted blankets. Users who weigh around two hundred pounds and up should use a blanket that weighs twenty-five pounds. The general rule is that the weighted blanket should only weigh up to ten percent of your total body weight.

Do weighted blankets make you feel hot?

A weighted blanket will surely warm your body up, but only to some degree. Dr. Hart’s weighted blankets are created to stimulate proper air circulation. It is capable of providing comfort without feeling stuffy. It is best used in cold weather.

There are two cover options available. The one covered in micro plush fibers is designed to keep the user warm. The blanket covered with cotton is cooling and soothing against the skin. Choose the cover that suits your needs and weather conditions. 

Is it OK to sleep with a weighted blanket every night?

Yes. It has been proven to have countless benefits in alleviating sleep conditions like anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Users report better sleep quality and the ability to fall asleep faster at night. While it is safe to use a weighted blanket every day, it shouldn’t be expected to work on its own. Long-term and sustainable habits must be formed in order to improve sleep, like improving one’s diet, exercising, and many more.

What are the cons of using a weighted blanket?

You should check yourself for health conditions before using a weighted blanket. It is inadvisable to use one when you have obstructive sleep apnea as you can choke in your sleep. It is also inadvisable for people with asthma because the weighted blanket can cause breathing difficulties. Weighted blankets may also trigger claustrophobia in some individuals.

Should you put the weighted blanket over the comforter?

This is up to you. You can add a weighted blanket over your comforter if you wish to feel warmer during the night. Other users transform the weighted blanket into a comforter. Always assess your comfort level and your health condition before you do this.

What is the heaviest weighted blanket?

The heaviest weighted blanket from Dr. Hart’s weighs twenty-five (25) pounds.

Who should not use a weighted blanket?

Anyone with reported signs of respiratory illnesses like sleep apnea or asthma shouldn’t use weighted blankets. The heaviness can interfere with a person’s breathing patterns while he is asleep. You should also refrain from using the blanket if you are claustrophobic.

Are weighted blankets good for side sleepers?

Weighted blankets actually cater to all types of sleepers, even side sleepers. Heavier blankets are recommended for back sleepers. Use a 15-pound blanket instead of the heavier blankets when you are a side sleeper.

Are weighted blankets good for couples?

Yes. Dr. Hart’s weighted blankets measure 60x80 inches and it is the perfect size for sharing with a partner. Now, you and your partner can snuggle in your sleep and share the benefits of this blanket.

Can you wash a weighted blanket?

You can regularly clean your weighted blanket by washing the cover that protects the actual blanket. For deep cleaning, you will need to bring your blanket to a laundry shop with commercial washers. Any blanket that weighs over ten pounds must be washed in heavy-duty machines in order to be cleaned effectively. 

How long does it take to get used to a weighted blanket?

Most users report immediate relief for the first time they use a weighted blanket. It will definitely take a while to get used to this new sensation. It is recommended that you use your weighted blanket for a week straight while trying out different sleeping positions and/or temperature settings. This will allow you to discern if the weighted blanket is a good fit for you. 

Is a 20-pound weighted blanket too heavy? 

The general rule is that your weighted blanket’s weight should be only ten to fifteen percent of your total body weight. A 20-pound blanket is just right if you weigh two hundred pounds, but definitely too heavy if you weigh a hundred and fifty pounds.

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