Weighted Blankets are all the rage, and for good reason. They help with symptoms such as anxiety and sensory issues, and prevent sleep problems.
Black Friday is an excellent time to get a great deal on your weighted blanket. These are already available today:
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The temperatures are dropping, and if you’re considering a warm blanket for the season, why not try a weighted one? Weighted blankets have been all the rage in the last few years, but if you haven’t considered one, read on to find out what they are, what types you can buy, and where the best deals are.
Just What is a Weighted Blanket?
A weighted blanket, also known by the popular brand name of Gravity Blanket, is just like its name implies. It’s a blanket that’s heavier than average, filled with material to give it that extra weight. These blankets can differ in size, but expect them to be at least 10 pounds.
Why would you want a weighted blanket? Why not just grab a few covers? The idea of a weighted blanket is that it helps put an even amount of pressure on your body. It also helps keep you still, which is great for tossing and turning.
The weightiness may help you feel more content and help relieve anxiety, providing comfort and anxiety relief. It’s said to help with many symptoms that keep you up at night, including:
- Autism. These blankets have been around for a while for autism patients.
- Restless leg syndrome. The cover may help calm your legs when they’re in pain or tingling.
- Anxiety. If your thoughts keep racing, keeping you up at night, a weighted blanket could help.
- General insomnia. A weighted blanket may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep, no matter what’s going on in your life.
- In addition, they’re warm. With the temperatures dropping, a weighted blanket could help save on heating!
- Also, there are heavier covers for children, too. If your kid is restless, you’ll be surprised with how well a weighted blanket works.
The science on weighted blankets is still developing, but there have been promising results. One study involving 32 volunteers found that 63 percent of them had lowered anxiety after being in a blanket for five minutes. There has yet to be a study that shows that they are ineffective.
How to Choose the Best Weighted Blanket
If you go shopping for one, you ironically may be up all night with how many options there are! Here are some factors to consider when shopping for one:
The most important factor in a weighted blanket is, well, its weight. That’s a no-brainer. How heavy should you go?
The rule of thumb is to go based on what about 10 percent of your body weight is. If you weigh 170 pounds, a 17 pound blanket is what you need. For a child who weighs 70 pounds, a kids’ seven pound blanket works.
For those whose weight is a little bit in-between sizes, round up. If you weigh 155 pounds, pick a blanket that is 16 pounds if that’s the closest option.
You may wonder what makes a weighted blanket so heavy. For most blankets, they contain pellets or glass beads, though some may have polyester fiberfill. Let’s break down what this means.
- Glass beads: These are heavy and have less space. This leads to a thinner, but still heavy, cover.
- Pellets. These pellets tend to be made from plastic, and they’re quite bulky. They’re cheaper as well.
- Fiberfill. This adds warmth to your blanket. It’s great for cold rooms, but if you live in a hot area, it may be too much.
Some blankets have a cover you can take off and wash, just like a pillow. Blankets without them are still machine washable, but their bulkiness means that it may take longer for the blanket to wash or dry.
Size of the Blanket
Most blankets are meant for individuals, and don’t work as a bed cover for couples. This does make sense, as a couple may have different weights. However, if you want a blanket that covers your entire bed, there are bigger options.
As for the length, it should cover your neck down for best results. With that said, too long and the blanket may slide off. A good rule when purchasing one is to go a size below the mattress you have.
Remember, They Are Warm
Most people don’t sleep as well if it’s too hot in the room. Because they are heavy, weighted blankets may be too warm if you’re sleeping with other blankets, or are cuddling up next to your partner. This especially applies if you’re someone who finds it hard to sleep at night when it’s a little warm. If that is a concern, you can get a cooling weighted blanket instead.
Black Friday Deals
One problem with heavier covers is that they are expensive. That could prevent some people from getting it , even though the sleep it can provide you may be worth it. Luckily, the growing popularity of this blanket means there’s more competition, thus lower prices.
In 2018, Target had one awesome deal. Their blankets were already quite affordable at $70, but their Black Friday sale meant you were paying $50 for one. Quite the deal!
Amazon carries some blankets for less, and with Cyber Monday around the corner, expect some deals. You can get a better night’s sleep for not too much, provided you be vigilant and see which Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals are coming to your area or online.
Sleep is Important
This Black Friday, a weighted blanket could be a good investment. Few people get enough sleep. Our busy work lives, and our obsessions with screens, don’t help any. Whether you’re catching up on sleep during a weekend, or plan to fix your sleep schedule, a weighted blanket may be just what you need to reach that full night’s sleep.