If you have anxiety and it keeps you up at night, you’re not alone. I couldn’t get rid of my nighttime anxiety until I got a weighted blanket to help me fall asleep. This is what happened.
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As someone with crazy-bad anxiety, I’ve tried a lot of things to get rid of it. And while I’ve found some things that do the trick, I haven’t found something that gets rid of my anxiety as well—or as quickly—as a weighted blanket.
Curious? See which weighted blanket I have.
This is about to get super personal, but here goes. You’ve been warned.
I’ve had sleep issues/nighttime anxiety problems for a while now.
When I was still living at home, I was working at a desk in my room. This led to me not being able to get out of the “hustle” mindset when it was time for bed. My brain literally wouldn’t shut off. I got lots of greats article ideas, etc., but I couldn’t fall asleep.
When I was working a super stressful job, the same thing happened. I’d think about work, all the things I had to do the next day, the tasks I didn’t have time to do that day, and on and on.
Except it got worse.
Not only was worry plaguing my mind, but something else began happening. I started having these hopeless, terrible thoughts. Like my husband (boyfriend at the time) getting into a terrible car accident and dying, or me getting thrown into some body of water and drowning. Quite a few of these thoughts were car-related since driving is such a huge issue with me, anxiety-wise.
Mind you, I didn’t intentionally come up with these scenarios. They just came, and I couldn’t stop them. It made trying to get to sleep a horrible, stress-inducing thing.
The terrible thoughts calmed down once I quit my job, but they started back up again when the stress of planning a wedding kicked in.
And now here I am, married to someone who works 3rd shift.
Oh, did I mention that I’m terrified of the dark? Cue those horrible scenarios forcing themselves back into my head.
I heard of weighted blankets a while ago, yet for some reason I didn’t think they’d work for me. But I was desperate to sleep well, and after researching, a weighted blanket seemed like it might just do the trick.
I’ve always slept with my comforter on top of me, even in the summer. Why? Because I like the weight. Based on that, I don’t know why it took me so long to invest in a weighted blanket for my anxiety.
Part of living intentionally is taking my problems and fixing them. That means living with anxiety isn’t something I wanted to keep doing. So the idea of a calming blanket really appealed to me.
So I bought one.
And holy crap is it awesome.
The weighted blanket I got is 15 pounds, and I think it’s the best anxiety blanket ever. I got a queen so Jeff and I could use it together, but you can get a twin for cheaper (or if you want it just for yourself, haha). Read the description of the weighted blanket to figure out what weight you should get.
How Does a Weighted Blanket Work?
Strangely enough, there’s science behind how weighted blankets work. They were originally only used in the special needs community for people with things like autism or ADHD. Weighted blankets are based on deep touch pressure—a type of therapy that applies pressure gently. It increases the levels of serotonin, which apparently people with anxiety (me) are low in. Yay science!
What It’s Like to Sleep with a Weighted Blanket
It literally feels like the blanket is giving you a hug, which is super comforting. In my head, I actually call this thing my “anxiety blanket” because it has such a calming effect.
I had practically no issues with the weight on me because I’ve always preferred it that way. I will say that it took some time to get used to moving it around, though. Because I’m used to pulling my blankets up with ease, shifting the weighted blanket was (obviously) more difficult. But it only took me 2-3 nights to get over that.
Are Weighted Blankets Hot?
I haven’t had any issues with being too hot when using my weighted blanket. In fact, usually I still use my comforter over it. I’m always cold though, so that might just be me. My YnM blanket has breathable fabric to help keep cool as well.
Do Weighted Blankets Really Work?
Yep! Using a weighted blanket for anxiety has honestly worked wonders for me, because:
The one I have is a quality weighted blanket, so the weight is distributed evenly.
The hugging effect of the blanket feels like a shield, and it makes me feel safe.
It acts like a calming blanket, which soothes my anxiety.
My weighted blanket usually keeps me from waking up in the middle of the night. Click to tweet.
The thing is legitimately awesome.
Mind you, this isn’t something that will solve every problem. As a blogger, I use my phone as a tool for work. I can still use apps like Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration, but ultimately I’ll end up working. So if I’m on my phone at night for too long, that will 100% definitely throw me off.
A similar thing happens with coffee. I’m highly sensitive to caffeine, so if I have coffee after 10 or 11 AM, it’ll keep me up at night.
Moral of the story? As long as I’m intentional with when I drink coffee + how much I’m on my phone at night, I won’t have too many problems.
I chose the YnM weighted blanket for a variety of reasons. But if I’m being perfectly honest, it was mostly for the great price. Weighted blankets can be expensive—especially the Gravity Blanket. But seriously, mine works great, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other one. The Gravity Blanket seems to be just like a “brand name” thing. It’s cool to have because it’s THE popular one, but an inexpensive weighted blanket will do just as well.
My YnM weighted blanket has lots of great features (smaller compartments, adaptable design, breathable fabric), and I’m not the type of girl who NEEDS a brand name. So this anxiety blanket suited me just fine.
And there you have it! That’s my weighted blanket review. If you have anxiety, I sincerely hope this post helped you. I would super-duper recommend looking into using frankincense essential oil and CBD oil for anxiety as well.
And this is possibly the most important part of my journey of getting rid of anxiety, so I’m not sure why I’m putting it at the end, but: God will conquer your fears. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that the only thing that can 100% truly dissolve my anxiety is having faith in the Lord.
Do you use a weighted blanket? Let me know in the comments how it works for you!
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