A Testimonial

A Testimonial

The Giselle Weighted Blanket: A testimonial from our blogger.

As someone who struggles with sleep, I have been interested in weighted blankets for quite some time. I’ve known about them for a while, but always considered them as something more useful for people with acute mental health issues or sensory needs. Of course, once I was diagnosed with ADHD, I became even more curious. When you struggle to turn off your brain every second of the day, something that promises to soothe and relax sounds extremely enticing.

When I found out that Giselle bedding had a line of weighted blankets, I was over the moon. Finally, an excuse to try them out and answer my burning question: does this really work?

 

What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets filled with glass and/or polymer beads that use Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation (DTPS) to stimulate pressure points throughout the body and simulate being held or hugged. Though many companies claim to have created it, Keith Zivalich is credited with inventing the first weighted blanket when his daughter placed a Beanie Baby on his shoulder and how it “made me feel relaxed”. After his friend discovered her special needs students found the blankets comforting, the blanket was rolled out as a fantastic product for people with autism, ADHD, anxiety, insomnia and other diverse needs (Keith Zivalich, The Magic Blanket).. They have even been used to help relieve chronic pain and osteoarthritis (according to this and this study!).

How did I get it?

First step: I had to research how heavy my blanket should be, and where to buy one, because of course I wanted to see if Giselle was worth the cost (I’m just a blogger, not a supplier! If I’m writing a review, let’s make it honest!). According to sleepfoundation.org, a weighted blanket for adults should be about 5-10% of your body weight while still allowing for movement and comfort…so roughly 8-10kg for me. I Google some competitors and immediately I have regrets…I can’t see a single blanket for adults that costs less than $100, with up to 9kg setting me back close to $200! No thanks. Luckily, Giselle has a Dark Grey 9kg blanket for $73.99.

I paid and I waited.

First impressions.

It arrived a couple of weeks later (pretty good for Covid delivery times) in a huge, very heavy box. I wasn’t sure how to get it in my house, let alone my room, but I managed to roll it into the house and opened it up.

First off, the blanket feels nice. It’s microfiber, so wasn’t super soft like mink or cotton, but it wasn’t scratchy either. Even though it was heavy, once it was spread out and the weight was distributed, it was easy enough to carry to the bedroom. Getting it neatly on the bed was a little harder – I had to fling the corners to each side of my queen bed, but once it was there I could easily straighten it for a nice wrinkle free bed.

Crawling under it was an odd sensation that took some getting used to. It took some extra effort to roll over and I was conscious of being under the blanket – not a hugging sensation, more like waking up and finding out you were buried in sand. But I was determined to give it a real try, so I persisted.

It was worth it.

I have not taken off this blanket since I put it on. For the record, that’s over four months. I love this blanket more than I love my own bed. Once I got used to the weight being there, rolling over at night became second nature again. It barely moves at night, the weight distribution feels perfect, and I don’t remember the last time my sleep was so consistently deep and fulfilling. For the longest time I struggled for hours to fall asleep, now I can barely keep my eyes open after ten minutes (the number of books I’ve left open on the bed can attest to that).

It’s been a great therapeutic tool, in my opinion. If I’m at home and experiencing a panic attack or just general overwhelm, I take a quick break with my blanket for some relaxing meditation. A couple of minutes in your own private cocoon does wonders for a racing mind.

I even, and this is the best part, kept it on over summer. I’m very sensitive to the summer heat but I also can’t sleep without something, and to my surprise I was sleeping like a baby all through the Australian heat. Before you ask, I do not have air conditioning, just a single rotating fan. The microfiber is thick enough that I don’t feel exposed but thin enough to not feel trapped by the heat and let the cool air in.

The Disappointments

Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to not talk about the cons of my wonder blanket. For starters, Giselle’s range currently only comes in Grey, Light Grey or Dark Grey, and they don’t come with covers. I’m excited to see if they release new colours in the future, like their Faux Mink Comforter and Electric Throw Blanket ranges.

The final downside, this one’s on me - check your washing machine limit before you buy! I was so excited that this blanket is machine washable, until I realised my machine caps out at 7kg. So now I must make regular trips to the laundromat.

Conclusion

Was my weighted blanket a miracle cure? No. Has it made my life infinitely better? Absolutely. I think everyone could benefit from a weighted blanket, whether you use it therapeutically or just for added comfort. If you want one that’s great quality, the perfect size and weight, and that feels great without the massive price tag, choose a Giselle weighted blanket! You won’t regret it.


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