The Weighty Hidden Cost of a Weighted Blanket

I am writing a review after encountering something I simply hadn’t been told.

Let me preface this by saying that after examining the literature, I haven’t heard others report what was to me a serious drawback to something I wanted for years. It apparently has provided genuine relief to people suffering from a range of medical conditions.

I purchased a 15 pound Snuggle Me weighted blanket, which is advertised as “a great solution to help you get to sleep faster, and stay asleep longer.”

The consistent effect was to help me get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer, and be only half-awake during the day.

As far as getting to sleep faster, that effect was delivered and entirely welcome. I believe it cut the time I took to get to sleep by more than half, and it delivered the goods.

As far as staying asleep longer, that part of the advertising left me mystified. I was willing to pay with more time in bed snoring if that was the cost of being well-rested. But that was a price I was willing to pay to try to get a good night’s sleep.

As far as me waking up and spending a day barely awake, that defeats the purpose. I want enough sleep to be properly rested so I can be active, happy, and productive during the day. And if the price of a night’s easier sleep, by the way, is that I’m half-asleep during the day and not pursuing projects and not even much more caffeine can penetrate my fog, that is a deal-breaker that stops things cold.

I know that weighted blankets are trendy now, and they make sense as an idea, and my Snuggle Me blanket requested two weeks to get used to it, and if you want to nitpick, I bailed after twelve days and was remarkably more awake the next day after stopping usage. However, what I learned from my experience is that if I get a weighted blanket (I ordered a five pound blanket as a possible happy medium), I want to pay attention to both how it affects my sleep at night and my wake time during the day, and keep my receipt.

At least one study found that people liked weighted blankets whether or not they are helpful, and I don’t dispute the assertion that it feels like a tight hug that lasts for hours. However, I wonder if the blanket as advertised causes people to stay asleep longer, but if I’m the only person who experienced impaired awakeness after long staying in bed. I half-wonder if I’m the boy in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

I would also mention that some people have reported mechanical issues like a blanket interminably spewing sand or glass beads, and I have not experienced any mechanical issues, nor am I concerned with mechanical failure here.

I wanted to give a word of warning about something may go wrong when everything is mechanically fine with a blanket as advertised. For me at least, a weighted blanket gave more than I bargained for.

Author: C.J.S. Hayward

C.J.S. Hayward is an Orthodox author and Renaissance man with master's degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC) and theology and philosophy (Cambridge). His most prized work is what he writes in Eastern Orthodox, Christian theology and apologetics. Readers of apologists like C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and Peter Kreeft, contemporary Orthodox authors such as Met. KALLISTOS Ware, and classic authors like St. John Chrysostom will find much food for spiritual reflection.