These blankets will have you drifting off in no time…
Struggling to get to sleep at night? Say hello to a weighted blanket. These clever items are exactly as they describe – regular blankets with the addition of some extra weight sewn in. And they might just be the item you never realised you needed, especially if you suffer from anxiety.
Sound interesting? We’ve answered all your questions and rounded up the best weighted blankets available to buy below, so keep reading and get ready for an unbeatable night’s sleep.
If you want to know more about their anxiety soothing properties, don’t forget to check out our guide to weighted blankets for anxiety. We got the full low down from the experts about how much these blankets can really help.
What is a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are believed to help soothe stress and anxiety because of the ‘deep touch pressure’ they exert on the body. “Using a weighted blanket is like having a big hug, giving you the feeling of calm and security,” explains Gail Marra, Clinical Hypnotherapist and author of Health, Wealth & Hypnosis.
Glass or plastic beads are usually stitched inside to provide the extra weight that many people find so comforting. Ideally, the blanket should weigh somewhere between 7% – 12% of your body weight.
Just like any other blanket, they’re usually made from soft materials such as cotton or velvet. Some are machine washable, making them much easier to clean. If you want your blanket to blend into your interiors, you can even buy hand-knitted ones that look just like regular throws, so no one would know the difference.
Which are the best weighted blankets to buy?
If you’re curious about the potential benefits of a weighted blanket, now seems as good a time as any to invest in one with lots of amazing options available. We’ve scoured the internet and chosen our top picks below, so that all the hard work is already done. While you’re here, why not check out our guides to the best silk pillowcases and the best sunrise alarm clocks, too? A good night’s sleep never sounded so easy…