Weighted Blankets for Mental Health — The Psych Talk

Okay, so bit of a new thing coming at you.

I’ve been reading through some of the blogs similar to mine on WordPress and I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned my weighted blanket. The blog The Psych Talk talks about the effects of various things on mental health – everything from items like the weighted blanket, to treatments like massage and relaxation spa treatments and even medications, like Citalopram. It is a really good read for everyone, not just those who suffer from mental health issues, because it can offer great insight. It’s a very factual blog and goes more into the scientific side of things as opposed to my more anecdotal and experiential way of explaining anxiety and depression.

A weighted blanket is a blanket filled with hypoallergenic, non-toxic polypropylene pellets. The pellets are sewn into self-contained small pockets that are evenly distributed throughout the blanket. These pellets give the blanket its weight, which should generally be around 10 percent of the user’s body weight, give or take a few pounds depending on the […]

Weighted Blankets for Mental Health — The Psych Talk

With the scientific side of the blanket out of the way, let me explain my take on it.

In a word, I love it. I need it. It is the one single best purchase I’ve made that has had the greatest effect on my mental health, and I cannot recommend it more.

I bought mine almost a year ago when I was living in Canada still, so I bought mine from Gravid after much research on materials and the best company to deal with. At the time I weighed around 175 lbs so I bought the 15 lb blanket as the next size up was 20 lb, which I think would have been overwhelmingly heavy. Taxes and shipping included I paid just over $250 – and I was nervous.

My job’s medical benefits included a health spending account that was a fund to cover medical expenses not included on the regular health plan. Unfortunately the benefits company didn’t deem a weighted blanket a proper ‘medical’ expense and didn’t reimburse me for the cost, which was a disappointment.

Once it arrived, though… let me tell you. I opened it and sat underneath it and I was instantly transported to cozy-land.

Between the soft, plush cover and the feeling of the weight surrounding me I felt more relaxed within minutes. I sleep better when I put it on top of my normal blankets on my bed, but it can get really warm at night and then I end up waking up sweaty throughout the night or I kick the blanket off.

The big thing about sleeping with it though, is that I don’t experience nearly as many sleep panic attacks. Without it, I will wake up as if I just had a bad dream, and even though I know I’m awake the anxiety won’t end with the dream. I won’t know why I’m panicked, but my heart rate is high and it feels like there’s someone standing on my chest because I can’t get in a full breath. They suck, and without the blanket I will experience two or three of these sleep panic attacks a week. With it? Maybe one a week, usually because I kicked it off or there are other circumstances causing me anxiety during the day.

I know it’s expensive, and if it didn’t help I probably would have sent my $250 blanket back to Gravid if it didn’t make a noticeable difference. There is no way in hell I would pay anything close to $250 for a regular blanket, but this blanket is magical.

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