He ain’t heavy, he’s my blanket

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I have a new obsession: weighted blankets. And I know what you must be thinking. “What on earth are weighted blankets and why would anyone need one?”

Hang onto your horses, and let me answer the second part of that question first. I don’t like being cold. And some nights (and days, for that matter) I just can’t seem to get warm. I’ve reasoned that it’s because the blankets I use aren’t heavy enough. I’d liken it to the difference between wearing a poncho and wearing a real coat — one with arms, a fitted body, and a zipper to keep out the cold air. In other words, I have figurative ponchos for blankets.

But I digress.

I figured the answer existed somewhere, so I consulted my friend Google to see if any blankets are sold according to their weight. Google responded with everything I needed to know.

Much to my surprise, a myriad of weighted blanket options filled the page of search results. Apparently there’s a huge market for blankets by the pound. Frankly, I was feeling a little left out for not already knowing this.

As you can imagine, I had questions. If there was a market for these weighted blankets, surely there was also a list of benefits that came with ownership. Here’s what I learned.

First, they look like regular blankets. The weight comes from pellets or beads, typically. Among other things, they can increase focus, calm a racing mind, and promote more restful sleep. Some say they’re like wrapping up in a hug.

And who among us doesn’t need a hug? Or a weighted blanket for that matter? One that can keep us warm?

I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise to know I went off in search for the perfect weighted blanket. The first thing I noticed was the price. Be warned, they aren’t cheap.

There was also the size and weight factor. They don’t come in twin, queen, king, but in inches, like 40 x 72.

According to the charts I consulted, I’d need anywhere from a 14- to 20-pounder, and would be paying upwards of a couple hundred dollars to make it my own. Clearly, price was going to be an obstacle. But I’m nothing if not persistent.

A month or so later, my persistence paid off and I was able to score a blanket for less than a C-note. It wasn’t a 20-pounder, but that’s ok. At only 12 pounds, my new weighted blanket is about as easy to lug around as a lumpy mattress. Clearly there’s a reason these things don’t come in twin, queen, and king sizes.

Even at its more compact size, I doubt I’ll be kicking off the covers in the middle of the night for fear of pulling a muscle. But it’s a small price to pay for a calm mind, a good night’s sleep and wrapping up in a warm hug. Take that poncho blankets.

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