While there are all kinds of insomnia solutions already out there for the 83 million Americans who don't get enough sleep (hello, lavender!), more and more people are turning to these cozy, weighted blankets (currently on sale!) to help them get some shut-eye.
The dozens that are currently available on the market, including this version discounted to just $53 through Amazon's Prime Day sale, were all inspired by a calming technique called deep pressure stimulation, which claims to induce the same feelings you get from hugs, cuddling, swaddling, and holding. The blankets are designed to apply gentle pressure, prompting relaxation.
According to thousands of online reviews, weighted blankets can not only help troubled sleepers fall asleep and stay asleep more quickly, but can also ensure quality rest. "I absolutely love this blanket," one commenter wrote. "I suffer from anxiety and insomnia and I have a hard time falling and staying asleep at night. The first night I slept with this blanket, I didn't wake up at all until my alarm went off in the morning."
The makers of The Gravity Blanket, one of the originals, say that sleeping with a throw that weighs roughly 10 percent of your body weight increases feel-good and sleep hormones (like serotonin and melatonin) and decreases stress hormones like cortisol.
Another version, dubbed My Calm Blanket, claims theirs, offered in a variety of weight options, can help those who can't sleep due to general anxiety in addition to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), autism, and other sensory conditions. "I received the weighted blanket as a Christmas gift from a loved one who knows how I struggle with anxiety, stress, and insomnia," one reviewer wrote on the site. "The moment I laid down and put it on I felt instantly better."
And here's the best part: You can get your very own for up to 36 percent off as part of Amazon's Prime Day sale. (If you're not an Amazon Prime member yet, you can sign up for a free, 30-day trial to get two-day shipping, special discounts, and other perks.)
You can choose from various weights and sizes, as well as a variety of duvet covers on sale, too:
SHOP NOW Weighted blanket duvet cover (on sale for $39, usually $60)
SHOP NOW 15-pound weighted blanket (on sale for $53, usually $69)
SHOP NOW 17-pound weighted blanket (on sale for for $111, usually $139)
SHOP NOW 22-pound weighted blanket (on sale for $135, usually $169)
And for anyone looking simply for a super cozy, soft, and feel-good piece to nuzzle with while you watch your favorite movie or unwind after a long day, these snuggly blankets are great for that, too.
(h/t The New Yorker)
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