Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Let Me Say This About That

 

I support the websites and podcasts that I like by, to the extent possible, buying stuff from their sponsors. Harry’s Shave, Casper mattresses (pillows), Quip. But I would have never bought a “weighted calming blanket.” Sounds like a gimmick. Doesn’t sound comfortable. Wouldn’t it be too hot to sleep in?

The Lovely And Talented Mrs. Mongo bought me one for Christmas. She did it because there are few people with as many and as big sleep dysfunctions as I have. Just trying to help. I kind of rolled my eyes–internally, after about 137 years of marriage, I’ve learned that ensuring the eye roll is solely internal is key to maintaining domestic tranquility–and kind of thought “yeah, whatever.”

Okay. Now I gotta come clean.

I am sleeping every night like someone hit me over the head with an axe handle. Unbelievable. Sleeping so well I’m waking before the alarm goes off (usually at/about 0530) and just waiting for it, enjoying the blanket.

If your sleep is jacked up, you might want to give this a shot.

Published in General
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s growing community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

There are 62 comments.

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  1. Member

    It’s because it feels like the blanket is giving you a big hug.

    • #1
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    • 10 likes
  2. Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    It’s because it feels like the blanket is giving you a big hug.

    See, that’s what the company says. But I’m not a “hug” guy. There are only three groups I hug, ever:

    My wife and kids, and I love those hugs. But I don’t crave them. I don’t miss them when the kids are away at school.

    Brothers in arms that I haven’t seen in a while, and that’s a bro-hug, not a hug-hug.

    At the end of class at the dojo. Again, bro-hugs.

    So, I don’t know if I can sign on to the “you just want to get a big ol’ hug” theory.

    • #2
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    • 15 likes
  3. Thatcher
    She

    I had never heard of such things till a couple of weeks ago, when my stepdaughter told me a bunch of ladies were coming over to her house for a class on how to make these things. So I guess, if you’re crafty, you can make something similar for yourself. Although I’m sorta fascinated by the “ultra-plush minky” aspect of the bought one. Will have to see if that’s available by the yard.

    • #3
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    • 12 likes
  4. Coolidge

    It’s like swaddling clothing calming a newborn. You are back in the womb. Your momma is enfolding you with warmth and safety.

    You’re a momma’s boy. (-:

    • #4
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    • 19 likes
  5. Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    It’s because it feels like the blanket is giving you a big hug.

    See, that’s what the company says. But I’m not a “hug” guy. There are only three groups I hug, ever:

    My wife and kids, and I love those hugs. But I don’t crave them. I don’t miss them when the kids are away at school.

    Brothers in arms that I haven’t seen in a while, and that’s a bro-hug, not a hug-hug.

    At the end of class at the dojo. Again, bro-hugs.

    So, I don’t know if I can sign on to the “you just want to get a big ol’ hug” theory.

    Don’t run away from your feelings.

    • #5
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm
    • 10 likes
  6. Member

    I’ve worn a Thunderhsirt before Thundershirts were cool.

    • #6
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    • 3 likes
  7. Member

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    I’ve worn a Thunderhsirt before Thundershirts were cool.

    Aren’t those for dogs?

    • #7
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:22 pm
    • 12 likes
  8. Member

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    I’ve worn a Thunderhsirt before Thundershirts were cool.

    Aren’t those for dogs?

    I don’t know, but… I’m no longer afraid of storms, now… or hugs. 

    • #8
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    • 18 likes
  9. Member

    Boss Mongo:

    I support the websites and podcasts that I like by, to the extent possible, buying stuff from their sponsors. Harry’s Shave, Casper mattresses (pillows), Quip.

    But I would have never bought a “weighted calming blanket.” Sounds like a gimmick. Doesn’t sound comfortable. Wouldn’t it be too hot to sleep in?

    The Lovely And Talented Mrs. Mongo bought me one for Christmas. She did it because there are few people with as many and as big sleep dysfunctions as I have. Just trying to help. I kind of rolled my eyes–internally, after about 137 years of marriage, I’ve learned that ensuring the eye roll is solely internal is key to maintaining domestic tranquility–and kind of thought “yeah, whatever.”

    Okay. Now I gotta come clean.

    I am sleeping every night like someone hit me over the head with an axe handle. Unbelievable. Sleeping so well I’m waking before the alarm goes off (usually at/about 0530) and just waiting for it, enjoying the blanket.

    If your sleep is jacked up, you might want to give this a shot.

    Almost every bad thing that you can say about Boss Mongo is true. But bearing false witness isn’t his thing. If he endorses the blanket, I endorse the blanket. 

    • #9
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    • 9 likes
  10. Member

    Huh. I am not a great Sleeper – which is infuriating as it’s a quality my family excels at. 

    But I clicked on the link and remembered that my granddaughters’ can’t-live-without-blankets weighs more than she does. 

    And that kid sleeps. All my kids were good sleepers, but I do not remember any of them putting themselves down for a nap. Which she does often 

    • #10
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:27 pm
    • 6 likes
  11. Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    At the end of class at the dojo. Again, bro-hugs.

    I considered calling y’all girls. But I suppose even hugging classmates gets a pass if you beat the snot out of them first. 

    • #11
    • March 15, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    • 5 likes
  12. Member

    Weighted blankets have been used by occupational therapists with autistic or aspergers children and adults and various other populations, such as those with sensory issues, for around 20 years. There isn’t a lot of scientific research about them, mostly anecdotal support for things like anxiety and sleep issues. It is thought that the pressure increases serotonin in the brain. There are many manufacturers and types. You can even get one custom made.

    • #12
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:08 pm
    • 7 likes
  13. Member

    If it works, use it. Sleep deprivation can be an ugly thing.

    • #13
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm
    • 8 likes
  14. Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Don’t run away from your feelings.

    Wait. Now Ima supposed to have feelings? This is out of control.

    • #14
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    • 11 likes
  15. Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):
    Weighted blankets have been used by occupational therapists with autistic or aspergers children and adults and various other populations, such as those with sensory issues, for around 20 years.

    Okay. I can cop to that.

    • #15
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:26 pm
    • 4 likes
  16. Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Almost every bad thing that you can say about Boss Mongo is true.

    Uh. Yeah. True.

    • #16
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    • 6 likes
  17. Thatcher

    Boss Mongo: The Lovely And Talented Mrs. Mongo bought me one for Christmas. She did it because there are few people with as many and as big sleep dysfunctions as I have. Just trying to help. I kind of rolled my eyes–internally, after about 137 years of marriage, I’ve learned that ensuring the eye roll is solely internal is key to maintaining domestic tranquility–and kind of thought “yeah, whatever.”

    • #17
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm
    • 19 likes
  18. Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: The Lovely And Talented Mrs. Mongo bought me one for Christmas. She did it because there are few people with as many and as big sleep dysfunctions as I have. Just trying to help. I kind of rolled my eyes–internally, after about 137 years of marriage, I’ve learned that ensuring the eye roll is solely internal is key to maintaining domestic tranquility–and kind of thought “yeah, whatever.”

    I one day hope to have the relationship that Boss Mongo has to the talented and lovely Mrs. Mongo.

    • #18
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm
    • 8 likes
  19. Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: The Lovely And Talented Mrs. Mongo bought me one for Christmas. She did it because there are few people with as many and as big sleep dysfunctions as I have. Just trying to help. I kind of rolled my eyes–internally, after about 137 years of marriage, I’ve learned that ensuring the eye roll is solely internal is key to maintaining domestic tranquility–and kind of thought “yeah, whatever.”

    I one day hope to have the relationship that Boss Mongo has to the talented and lovely Mrs. Mongo.

    But with a different woman, right?

    • #19
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    • 12 likes
  20. Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    I one day hope to have the relationship that Boss Mongo has to the talented and lovely Mrs. Mongo.

    I don’t think that reads quite right.

    • #20
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:50 pm
    • 11 likes
  21. Coolidge

    Ordered one for Monday delivery.

    • #21
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm
    • 4 likes
  22. Member

    What means “weighted?”

    • #22
    • March 15, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    • 2 likes
  23. Member

    I like the lead “blanket” they put on you at the dentist while they do your xrays. My dentist office is usually chilly, so sometimes I ask to keep it on during the whole appointment. I’ve always liked some weight to my bed covers. Maybe I should check out this blanket. 

    • #23
    • March 15, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    • 10 likes
  24. Member

    Boss Mongo: I am sleeping every night like someone hit me over the head with an axe handle.

     I’m going to assume this is an analogy that has personal experience behind it.

    • #24
    • March 15, 2019 at 9:57 pm
    • 10 likes
  25. Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo: I am sleeping every night like someone hit me over the head with an axe handle.

    I’m going to assume this is an analogy that has personal experience behind it.

    Lights out. Sleep well. Elvis has left the building.

    • #25
    • March 15, 2019 at 10:10 pm
    • 5 likes
  26. Coolidge

    I had to smile when I read this! We got some weighted blankets several years ago. We use them mostly in the winter. I’m glad that you have found something that helps you sleep.

    • #26
    • March 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    • 7 likes
  27. Thatcher

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    It’s because it feels like the blanket is giving you a big hug.

    I agree. I’m not sure we have a “weighted calming blanket”, but we bought a duvet and stuffing just like the ones they use in Hampton Inns. The duvet itself keeps you warm, but the stuffing is something we can only use on the coldest of nights, so we simply put it on top of the duvet so we don’t hav to insert it and withdraw it all the time.

    And yes, it feels like a great big hug, like sleeping on a cloud (even though you are under it).

    • #27
    • March 16, 2019 at 6:28 am
    • 6 likes
  28. Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    It’s because it feels like the blanket is giving you a big hug.

    I agree. I’m not sure we have a “weighted calming blanket”, but we bought a duvet and stuffing just like the ones they use in Hampton Inns. The duvet itself keeps you warm, but the stuffing is something we can only use on the coldest of nights, so we simply put it on top of the duvet so we don’t hav to insert it and withdraw it all the time.

    And yes, it feels like a great big hug, like sleeping on a cloud (even though you are under it).

    I’m disturbed by your repeated use of ‘duvet’. Like that’s a real word.

    • #28
    • March 16, 2019 at 6:36 am
    • 15 likes
  29. Member

    She (View Comment):
    “ultra-plush minky” aspect of the bought one. Will have to see if that’s available by the yard.

    It is available by the yard, but it’s a pain to sew with. Look for “minky,” “minkee,” or “cuddle” marketed by different manufacturers (Michael Miller, Moda, etc.)

    • #29
    • March 16, 2019 at 6:47 am
    • 4 likes
  30. Coolidge

    I had thought Mongo’s idea of a weighted comfort blanket was three German Shepherd dogs or this:

    http://usarmor.com/products/specialty-items/ballistic-blanket

    • #30
    • March 16, 2019 at 6:49 am
    • 11 likes
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3