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They say that a good night’s sleep is key for a healthy lifestyle, and may even help boost your immune system, making it more important than ever to maintain a regular bedtime routine.
If stress and anxiety have been keeping you awake, rather than turning to medication, you may want to consider adding a weighted blanket to your arsenal. Long used by therapists to help calm children with autism or behavioural disturbances, weighted blankets may help provide an added layer of comfort for people who have trouble falling asleep.
How do weighted blankets work?
Though there’s still no definitive proof that weighted blankets are effective, one study did reveal that of 32 adult volunteers, 63 per cent reported lower anxiety after lying under a 30-pound blanket for five minutes.
Since they’re generally a low-risk alternative for many people struggling to fall or stay asleep, they’re a great option if you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep. It’s recommended to choose a blanket that weighs roughly 10 per cent of your body weight in order to enjoy its benefits.
One of the biggest drawbacks to many weighted blankets is the cost, which can often run into the hundreds of dollars. Luckily, one top-rated Amazon pick is currently available for just $70.
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The RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket is one affordable option that may be worth testing out if you’re looking for a better night’s sleep. This 15-pound blanket is ideal for individuals that weigh between 140 - 170 pounds, but it does come in different sizes and weights to suit a wide range of different body types.
Glass beads provide the weighted aspect of this blanket, while 100 per cent cotton adds a breathable yet soft exterior.
What shoppers are saying
With a 4.5 star rating on more than 3,000 customer reviews, the RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket appears to be a hit with shoppers. Its comfort, softness, and value for money are some of the main draws, and with multiple sizes available, you can easily find your perfect fit.
“Can't say enough about this blanket,” said one reviewer. “I would highly recommend it as a great tool for managing stress. Obviously it's not a cure, but the difference I feel when I'm using it is remarkable.”
“Love, love, love this blanket. Super soft cover and the weight is oh so comforting,” added another. “I weigh 155lbs and the 15lb blanket is the perfect weight. The sewn in quilting prevents the beads from bunching...Very high quality and I’d highly recommend.”
Some shoppers have noted that the glass beads moving around inside the blanket can cause some noise, so if you require silence at night in order to fall asleep, it may take some getting used to.
“The blanket is a decent quality. It looks good and it is close to 15 lbs. The problem for us is the fabric noise. I'm a very light sleeper and it's loud enough to disturb and wake me. So if you're not as sensitive to noise as I am, it probably can work for you,” said one reviewer.
At just $70, the RelaxBlanket is a solid choice for those who are interested in testing out a weighted blanket. It provides a comfortable, hug-like sensation that reviewers claim has helped with relaxation, and it comes in a range of different sizes and colours.
Light sleepers may want to proceed with caution though, as the glass beads that provide the weighted sensation may take some getting used to.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.