Weighted blankets are supposed to help people with anxiety and restless legs. They’re also supposed to be good for dogs when they’re anxious. They needed a poll option for “they sound interesting, I’d like to try one”
@Fuzzalini my answer, too. I’m not an incredibly restless sleeper, but I think it would still comfort me, having something weighted on top. I’ve always found ex ray vests strangely therapeutic. One of the few things I don’t hate about the dentist’s office.
@lljk Right?! I can’t waste that amount of money to try something that I might not like. I guess there is always the option of returning it, but I’d rather not spend that kind of time or money on an unknown.
My in-laws got me one for my birthday last year, and I love it. There’s something very comforting about the weight. It hasn’t cured my chronic insomnia, but it’s definitely taken the edge off, and the sleep I do get is much better. It’s noticably improved my quality of life. My only complaint is that it’s too warm to use in the summer, even with the air conditioner on.
I have two quilts that fit in this description. I really love them. I live very far north, and although our local weather is (normally) mild, it can get bad. It’s nice to have a cover that won’t slide around at night, and is comforting and warm. It’s headed into Spring (finally) and then Summer, but the quilt stays on my bed year round. When it’s colder, I add more blankets, but a quilt plus lightweight comforter have been my companions for years and years.
I suspect that people who are restless sleepers may not be comfortable with weighted quilts. I don’t move at night once I fall asleep, and it’s very pleasant to have them.
@shahnm I used to be a thrasher too. Found out I have REM behavior disorder. I got medication to treat it and no longer thrash. Maybe your sister-in-law has the same issue? Not many people know that thrashing is a medical issue that can be treated.
As a kid I slept under a king fuzzy blanket folded in half in the winter. It was great!
I’m 48 now and barely sleep with a sheet now as I’m always hot. A weighted blanket would not for me now as I would constantly sweating.
@gustador It’s not so much smothering as swaddling. A lot of dogs find pressure on their bodies soothing. A product with the same idea in mind is the Thundershirt - basically a compression vest that helps with anxiety.