Photo Courtesy Health Magazine
Photo Courtesy Health Magazine

Whether you have difficulty dozing off, spend a majority of the night tossing and turning, or just want a comfortable throw for Netflix binges on the couch, investing in a weighted blanket is a great idea since they’re designed to feel like a comforting hug. To put it simply, these blankets are exactly what they sound like: dense, weighted comforters (think: 5 to upwards of 30 pounds) that have tiny pellets or glass beads inside so that weight is distributed evenly across your body when lying underneath them. 

With weighted blankets becoming increasingly popular in the last few years, you’ve likely heard of the benefits, but here’s a refresher: Customers claim that this type of bedding not only gives the feeling of being hugged, but also uses deep touch pressure stimulation to soothe aches, increase relaxation, and lower stress and anxiety. What’s more, studies prove that weighted blankets can help treat disorders like insomnia and anxiety, and can help you fall asleep quicker (and stay asleep without the tossing).

And if you’re a hot sleeper, you might be thinking that a heavy throw is just going to make your night sweats even worse-but that’s where cooling weighted blankets come in. Thankfully, these types of throws and quilts are designed with bamboo fabric and lightweight cotton to feel like the cool side of the pillow and to allow extra ventilation, so you can reap the calming effects of a weighted blanket without the additional heat.

Read the full story at Health | Sleep.

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