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elbanditoroso's avatar

Can someone explain the correlation between weighted blanket weight and body weight?

Asked by elbanditoroso (30723points) 1 month ago

I was looking at various web sites for weighted blankets for the winter. Interestingly, they seem to be sold with some connection to body weight -

250 lb. person – 25 lb. blanket
200 lb. – 20 lb. blanket
and so on, roughly the blanket should weigh approximately 10% of the person’s weight.

But nothing explains WHY that 10% is being recommended.

What’s the theory?

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JLoon's avatar

My theory is that having a 10lb blanket on top of me instead of a 200lb guy may be more comfortable – But not necessarily more fun.

Other (less personal) considerations may be that a blanket that is overweight for a given body type can cause overheating, breathing issues, nerve irritation, and even claustrophobia. So just like sex, size matters.

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Blackwater_Park's avatar

My 110 pound wife can’t lift my 30 pound blanket but she can handle her 7 pound blanket. I’m just under 200 pounds so I like mine a little heavier than recommended.

Forever_Free's avatar

One research was conducted by Dr. Tina Champagne, an Occupational Therapist based in Massachusetts. She also concluded that using the results of the weighted vest and backpack research to determine appropriate weights for weighted blankets was incorrect. In fact, she found that people consistently sought out, and were comfortable with, weighted blankets that weighed well over 10% of their body weight and more towards 20%.

A weighted blanket utilizes the principles of DTP (Deep Touch Pressure) or DPS (Deep Pressure Stimulation) to boost relaxation. The deep-touch therapy creates a similar comfort when you swaddle a baby. This, in turn, creates deeper and better restful sleep, easing stress, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

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