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For those of us to whom deep sleep just doesn't come easily, we'll try just about anything to catch those zzz's. However, if the melatonin tablets and chamomile tea just aren't enough to lull you into a sweet-dreams state, we suggest adding a weighted blanket to your bedding layers. Weighted blankets are therapeutic tools that are typically used to calm children with developmental and sensory issues, but they're now gaining popularity with anxious adults as well. A 2015 study on the effects of weighted blankets for those with insomnia concluded that these therapy devices can help people sleep more soundly, providing enhanced physical secureness and peace of mind that a regular blanket just doesn't.
The blankets themselves contain plastic or glass beads in their quilting instead of fiber fill, which feels akin to covering yourself with a large, very flat beanbag. Most of the products in our list are available in a range of different weights — just keep in mind while you're browsing that it's best to choose one that's around 10% of your (or your child's) body weight. Here are our six favorite heavy sleepers.
This weighted blanket is a best-seller on Amazon, and it's available in sizes ranging from a child-safe 5 pounds, all the way up to 25 pounds. Its quilted cotton cover holds a multitude of miniature glass beads inside — the glass is supposed to be smoother, quieter, and less heat-retentive than plastic fill.
This weighted blanket is densely packed with plastic beads that weigh down on the user like a comforting, full-body hug. It even comes with a washable plush cover, making it look even more like a throw blanket than a therapy device. This item boasts a number of positive reviews, and it's touted for its enjoyably snug feel.
This weighted blanket from Brookstone is filled with 1 pounds of plastic pellets, and it's suitable for any users who weigh 120 pounds or more. Available in just one 54-by-72-inch size, its furry, washable cover comes in taupe, gray, or ivory.
The Gravity Blanket, a Kickstarter success story, is an adult-sized weighted blanket that comes in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound versions. The gridded quilting not only makes this one a more stylish option, but it helps keep the internal micro-beads evenly distributed.
Users love how this blanket really grounds the user, and it stays put even in the midst of minor position adjustments. Not only that, but it drapes well and has a completely malleable texture, as opposed to a stiff feel. Just keep in mind that it only comes in one 48-by-72-inch size, which may feel too short for taller folks.
One drawback of weighted blankets is that they can feel a little stifling to use over the summertime, or for anyone who experiences night sweats. Luckily, the COOLMAX blanket was engineered to counteract precisely that issue. Its cover is comprised of a cotton/polyester blend that effectively wicks away body heat, and it also has more of a cool-to-the-touch feel than other models. It comes in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound options.
All sizes are a generous 55-by-74-inch size, and you can always tuck the blanket into a duvet cover if you'd like to use it on your bed in place of a regular comforter.
The 46-by-72-inch Swadl weighted blanket has a silky polyester cover that's a total joy to cuddle up with, whether for napping or at-home relaxing, and it's available in 10-, 15-, 20-, or 25-pound sizes. But even if you opt for the lightest model and end up wanting more weight over time, you can purchase their separate Weight Pods that you can easily fasten onto the blanket!
Another feature that makes Swadl unique is that their weighted blankets are filled with large, FDA-grade polypropylene beads, which take up more surface space than smaller fill that's more commonly used, and they don't contain any extra heat-retaining fiber fill whatsoever.