the one time when you snooze and you don’t lose

Weighted blankets. Everyone talks about them, no one knows whether they actually work or it’s all just science.

I bought my boyfriend a weighted blanket for his birthday from Mela and when I could finally go over at some point between Lockdown 1 and 2, I tried it and it was the most glorious experience. I think it definitely factored in that I hadn’t had a hug for about 6 months at that point. I am also 100% that person that gets influenced into buying things when people post about it, so of course I had to get my own.

Anyway, if you’re interested in how weighted blankets work and you’rje interested in the science of it, there’s an article here that could start you off.

I got my boyfriend the single Mela Chill Eucalyptus Weighted Blanket which comes with the softest, smoothest cover ever. Single because who else is he sharing a bed with when I’m not there? But also, it’s meant to be the one most suitable for those who are hot sleepers! I got myself the single Mela Weighted Blanket because I’m permanently cold and sometimes even during summer I have two duvets.

How I chose the brand
I didn’t want to support Amazon and so I clicked around on numerous websites. My requirements were:
– Not extortionate (because I have a budget so that I can fund my plant habit)
– The inside of the duvet wouldn’t slip from the cover (pet peeve)
– It wouldn’t be too heavy to scare me
– It wouldn’t be too light to not have any effect
So with all of my pickiness, I landed on Mela. This article was particularly useful because who doesn’t love a listicle.

How I use it
The eternal question: does it go on top of or under your duvet? I don’t know to be honest, I use it on top of my double duvet. Hear me out: this is my reasoning. I have a double duvet that I like to wrap myself up in like a burrito, so when I have the weighted blanket on top of it, I’m a super burrito-ed up sleeping burrito.

I took the plunge when they were doing 20% off, so paid £87.99 for a single. The sale is still on by the way. Keep reading by the way if you fancy some money off because we love a referral at What Would Queenie Do.

Things I can’t figure out
If you share a bed with someone, do you each have your own blanket? Or do you get a massive one to share?
Is it too much to buy one for the bedroom and one for the living room?
Do you use it in summer?
Sorry I have no questions to the above and sadly it has not been anywhere close to summer weather since I’ve got it.

Final verdict
Huge caveat to this, I fall asleep very easily. I can fall asleep with opera, construction noises and/or hoovering in the background. I wake up several times in the night but will have one lucid thought, and then quickly fall asleep again. However, I do find that I often wake up absolutely exhausted.
Since I’ve started using it, I have actually started sleeping through the night. And shockingly, actually feel rested when I wake up…? You may call it sorcery, or maybe the weighted blanket is actually working. There are definitely some mornings where I wake up and I have managed to shift the blanket off me, so maybe I’ve underestimated my weight and got one that was too light. But that’s okay, eventually I’ll be able to stay at my boyfriend’s again and I’ll just nick his instead. Easy.

Ok so a score since everyone loves to quantify it: I’m giving it a 7/10. I would definitely give it a higher score if I had a heavier one though.

The good part
Completely unsponsored but if you would love a discount code, if you use my referral link, you get £10 off your first offer and if you spend over £15, I get points on my account which I can eventually use for vouchers. We love some transparency here.

Are you interested in trying out a weighted blanket? Or do you have one and what do you think about it? I’m foreseeing weighted blanket parties where we all sit around in our weighted blankets eating pizzas and watching movies, then falling asleep. I definitely know how to party.

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