Do weighted blankets make a difference?

I don’t normally do product reviews on my blog. Actually, I don’t know that I’ve ever done one before. But, on January 1, I made a New Year’s Resolution that I was going to get myself a weighted blanket. Now that I have it, I want to talk about it.

This is a product review for the YNM Weighted Blanket.

YNM’s description of their blanket:

YnM is a premium-grade weighted blanket that helps relax your body by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged, making you fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night.

After years of research and practical application and learning from our countless customer feedbacks and reviews, the YnM R&D team achieved this fabulous 2.0 Weighted Blanket.

Sleep: 10/10
Price: 10/10
Quality: 10/10
Size: 6/10
Aesthetic: 6/10

SLEEP
As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can say without a doubt in my mind that this blanket has improved my sleep ten fold. I’m someone who tosses and turns in my sleep and frequently has bad dreams that wake me up. At times I can lay awake for hours on end feeling anxious with my mind racing a mile a minute. Sleeping an entire night through seems like the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest some nights. Since incorporating a weighted blanket into my night’s I’ve felt a lot calmer. I feel as though I am falling asleep easier and I’m staying asleep longer.

I’ll admit, when I read about these blankets online, I was worried that it was a gimmick. Which is partially why I wanted to test it for myself… I wanted to say ‘AH-HA! You’re lying!’ Truth is… they’re not lying. A weighted blanket feels a bit like sleeping in a cocoon. You feel safe and warm and comforted.

A weighted blanket won’t make your anxiety disappear, but it will help you sleep if you’re feeling anxious. It does help you feel comforted. It does help you feel warm and snug and cozy.

PRICE
I had put off testing one of these for a long time due to financial strain. They aren’t cheap, and given that they’re so heavy, a lot of companies that sell them charge astronomical shipping.

Recently, though, I stumbled upon the YNM Brand of weighted blankets on Amazon and they were on sale at the time. Instead of being $119 it was just $73. To me, this seemed like a reasonable price to test it out as a basic comforter would cost you at least $100 at Wal Mart. The extra benefit to ordering it off Amazon was that it had free shipping.

I strongly recommend looking for, or waiting for, a sale for weighted blankets. They can be quite pricey ($300+ and added shipping) if you just purchase the first one that comes up on google.

QUALITY
For $73, I continue to be thoroughly impressed with the quality of this blanket. It’s thick, the stitching is deep and each individual 4×4 square is measured evenly and reinforced to ensure there is no disproportionate weight distribution over time/use.

The fabric is cooling so it’ll be a nice sleep companion in any season, especially now in the heat of summer. All in all, it’s a very well made blanket.

The YNM quality information graphic explaining how the blankets are made.

SIZE
This is where I’m thoroughly confused about weighted blankets. I have a queen sized blanket on my full sized mattress (pictured here) and the blanket drapes over the side of the mattress with just enough length to cover the mattress (which makes my OCD happy). So, after measuring my mattress and the blanket that I have, I thought I would be safe to order a queen sized weighted blanket for my full sized bed. When the queen sized weighted blanket showed up, it only covered the top of my bed.

After doing some reading online, I see that a lot of people say that the weighted blanket is only supposed to cover the top of the mattress because the weight of the blanket can cause it to fall off either side of the bed if it drapes over the edges. Also, apparently the blanket is supposed to drape over you and not your bed.

So, I guess it’s supposed to be that way…

That being said, I did order a queen sized blanket for a full sized mattress and it fits the top of the mattress perfectly. So, keep the side discrepancy in mind when considering a weighted blanket from this brand as a queen size mattress is seven inches wider and five inches longer than a full size mattress.

AESTHETIC
It’s not pretty. It’s just not. If you’re someone who cares a lot about what your bedding looks like, you may want to do some hunting for appropriate covers or patterns on a weighted blanket. For me, I always intended to put the blanket underneath the blanket already on my bed, so I really didn’t care what it looked like. That being said, if you wish to only use the weighted blanket on your bed and nothing else, the basic grey is a little dull. I should also note that, as a weighted blanket, it’s prone to wrinkles. A lot of wrinkles. If that’s something that might bother you, I recommend getting a thin comforter or throw to put over top so you cannot see the wrinkles.

Overall Ranking: 7.5/10

Could it be better? Absolutely. In spite of what people online say, I do think it would be better if the blanket itself draped over the side of the mattress. The sizing could possibly just be an issue with the YNM brand of blanket I bought. It seems like it would be a little excessive to order a king sized blanket for a full sized mattress. Perhaps other brands don’t have the same issues. Definitely do your research.

Am I keeping it? Absolutely. It’s comforting. It makes me feel good when I lay down at night. I can look past the aesthetic and weird sizing, so it’s a great fit for me. For $73, I think it was well worth the money spent. And, I can completely see why so many people love these blankets.

A couple of noteworthy points:

  • A lot of websites state that the weight of the blanket you order should coincide with your body-weight. I ignored that recommendation. I ordered a fifteen pound blanket and I honestly don’t think I’d want one that’s any heavier. I don’t want to feel like I’m being smothered in my sleep.
  • Weighted blankets cannot be put in a traditional washing machine. So, either purchase a cover or do not let pets on your bed. Otherwise, your dry-cleaning bill will go way up.
  • If you’re worried your partner won’t like a weighted blanket, you can purchase a small one, such a twin-sized blanket and then use it on the bottom of your bed as a ‘throw’. Then when you’re feeling anxious you can pull it over you without disrupting your partner at all.

New Year’s Resolution to purchase a weighted blanket – done. And I’m glad that I did. I think I might buy one as a gift for my friends/family when birthdays and Christmas come around.

50 thoughts on “Do weighted blankets make a difference?

    1. Definitely test the waters with one you can return if you hate it.
      The YNM blankets are returnable. Hush blankets are returnable as well. There are a lot that aren’t returnable. And, if you end up hating it, you don’t want to be stuck with it!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve seen there are kid sizes too. I bet they come in really handy for kids who might be anxious as well but don’t have as much of a grasp on their feelings as an adult!

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    1. Definitely consider it! Do your research and find one that you can return. A good return policy is important because people either love these things or they hate these things. And if you wind up hating it, you definitely don’t want to be stuck with it!

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  1. Nice article. I really love my weighted blanket. After thinking about it and borrowing one for a night I knew I’d like one. I ordered a twin sized one and keep it folded up during the day – unfold it and sleep under it at night. I was able to save a lot of money and get an effectively heavier blanket that way. It works out well. I also ordered a cover – I think that’s a necessity to keep it clean.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Keep your eyes peeled! The one I bought the queen size was the only size on sale. So the twin still was 100 dollars. Amazon has weird sales so if you’re looking for a specific size you just have to keep watch!

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  2. When I have the really REALLY bad days at work I will crawl into bed as soon as I’m done and lay with this over my body. Within 15 minutes my anxiety lessens and I can think clearly again. I absolutely love it. I haven’t tried to sleep through the night with mine though because I get way too hot to keep that much weight on my body (I’m a total polar bear or I can’t sleep).

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  3. I bought myself one 5 years ago from a sensory website, custom made in my favorite color (purple) as a Christmas present. It’s the best damn thing I have ever bought myself! I liken it to putting out a fire. Mine is heavy at 25 pounds and I absolutely love it! I don’t sleep with it every night but quite often and I feel the same way you do. I was introduced to it in the hospital 9 years ago and then considered it for 4. Thank God for our weighted blankets and the immediate relief they provide. It’s always my nap partnerπŸ˜‰

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    1. It’s such a good nap partner! I’ve had many a lunch time naps since getting this thing!

      I’m glad you got a pretty one. I think if I ever reach a financial point that I can get a custom colour, I’d love that. They just get so pricey!!!

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  4. Super helpful review. I’ve been considering a weighted blanket for a while and like you wondered if it was gimmick. Great advice about weight too. I was worried too much weight would freak me out or make me feel trapped!

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  5. Oh I didnt realise they act6 have weights inside. I have a duvet that is warm and cozy and the filling makes it weighted. But it isnt like yours with actual weight inside.

    As for aesthetic buy a duvet cover and matching pillow cover. Sorted.

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    1. That’s one of the claims listed on a lot of the websites for weighted blankets. I wouldn’t say that it feels like a hug, but I would say that it makes you feel comforted.

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    1. It definitely could be of benefit to you! Do some research and if one fits within your budget, it’s definitely worth the try. Also, you can find some with good return policy’s so if you invest and you don’t like it, you’re not stuck with it. Because they’re so pricey, a good return policy is a must!

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    1. I’m a big proponent for shopping small business or local business where possible, but I also do not believe there’s anything wrong with shopping on Amazon where you need to. Vancouver is much farther ahead than the rest of the country with respect to COVID tackling and slowing the spread. Where I am, for example, there are still a vast majority of businesses that are still closed.

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  6. Thank you for your insights! This is a recent interest of mine and I’ve been trying to decide which one to buy, and also decide if my hot natured self can get used to being warmer at night. The main reason I’m interested is I have a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, and restless as can be. If I can find one that works even part of the time, it’s probably worth its weight in gold. – B

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    1. A Canadian company called “hush blankets” has a weighted blanket specifically for hot sleepers. It’s called “hush iced”. Ive read really good things about it and seen good reviews on YouTube. It was just a little too expensive for my bank account right now. Check it out though… it might be what you’re looking for!

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