Best Weighted Blankets

Find out how weighted blankets soothe anxiety, help you sleep, and which brands to buy from.

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luna weighted blanket

Most Luxurious

LUNA

The Luna adult weighted blanket, offered in several different colors and patterns, is definitely a fan favorite and more luxurious than other offerings on the market.

This premium-grade, therapeutic weighted blanket is about the size of the typical throw blanket. Filled with fine-grade glass beads that total roughly 10 percent of your body weight and wrapped in a removable micro-fiber plush cover, this weighted blanket is both comfy and calming. Using a grid design for the stitching, LUNA ensures the weight will be distributed evenly throughout the blanket.

Mibio cooling weighted blanket

Best for Cooling

BABO

Worried about your weighted blanket sleeping hot? That’s not a concern with the Mibio Cooling weighted blanket. This dual-sided cover design has a warm mink side for evenings where you need to be warmed up and a cool, bamboo side for those sweaty summer nights.

Both adults and children will love this large blanket. It is about the size of a queen mattress, so more than one person can enjoy the weighted comfort. Still unsure? The Mibio comes with a 100 night trial where you either love it or return it for a full refund.

ynm cool weighted blanket

Best Value

YnM

The YnM Weighted Blanket stands out by providing more glass beads and less fiber fill in order to offer better temperature control. Not to mention – it’s super easy to clean.

If you’re in need of some all-natural sleep help, look no further than the YnM Weighted Blanket. The 7-layer blanket is designed to help you sleep by comfortably surrounding your body and form, offering the feeling of being held to encourage deep rest.

quility premium

Best Year-Round

Quility

This weighted blanket is super-comfy and comes with a duvet cover that is great for some added warmth during the winter. It can also be removed for those hot summer nights.

Get your best night of sleep with this weighted blanket by Quility. The blanket has 7 layers to provide maximum comfort, and is soft-to-the-touch. Made with the highest-quality materials, this product proves to be the ideal weighted blanket – breathable with the comfort and feel of a gentle hug.

What is a weighted blanket?

Imagine the satisfying heft and contouring of a bean bag. Now imagine that bean bag big enough to wrap around your shoulders spread across your lap, or cover your entire body. Much like a bean bag, weighted blankets are filled with plastic or glass pellets surrounded by lightly padded outer layers. Separate internal compartments keep the pellets evenly distributed. Weighted blankets can weigh anywhere from 2 to 30 pounds and conform to the shape of your body for a hugging sensation that is at least relaxing if not downright therapeutic.

Source: SensaCalm

Sound like some New Age-y gadget designed by marketers looking to cash in on your desperation for a good night’s sleep? Hold on! There’s actually a long history of therapeutic use of weighted blankets and a body of research that suggests they can improve sleep quality and overall well-being. 

Occupational therapists have long used weighted blankets and vests to relieve anxiety, stress, and hyperactivity as well as to provide sensory integration therapy for people with sensory processing disorder (SPD). According to Theresa May-Benson, occupational therapist with the Spiral Foundation in Newton, MA, people with sensory processing disorders are often hypersensitive to touch or textures to the extent that even clothing becomes an unbearable irritation. Deep pressure touch like that provided by a weighted blanket can help desensitize them to normal tactile experiences.

Deep pressure touch also triggers the production of the “feel-good hormone” serotonin, which calms anxiety, relieves stress, and can even lull them into a sound sleep.

Why now?

Twenty years ago, you might have never heard about weighted blankets, but today a quick Google search of “weighted blankets” yields a plethora of results. Why the uptick in interest? The dramatic increase in the rate of autism is one answer.

Weighted Blankets for Autism

The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 school-aged children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which represents a 30% increase since just 2012. According to the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, at least 75% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder also have sensory processing disorder and respond well to weighted blankets and vests.

It’s no secret that stress and associated sleep disorders are on the rise. In fact, more than a third of adults in America get less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. As these sleep-deprived people become more aware of the dangers of running a sleep deficit, they are searching for ways to improve their sleep performance. Maybe you’re one of them.

But high rates of autism, sensory processing disorder, and sleep deprivation are not the only reasons why weighted blankets are attracting national attention. People with a host of conditions can benefit from weighted blankets. These conditions include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Menopausal symptoms

How does a weighted blanket work?

The deep pressure touch a weighted blanket provides is called “grounding” and has been shown to reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol is your “fight or flight” hormone that is produced when you feel threatened or in danger. Even stress can trigger excess cortisol production that can weaken your immune system, leading to depression, anxiety, insomnia, and weight gain. Deep pressure touch also triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin, which help fight stress, anxiety, and depression. The production of serotonin also leads to increased levels of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep and helps regulate the sleep cycle.

Which weighted blanket is right for you?

Occupational therapist, May-Benson cautions that weighted blankets are not for everyone. She recommends people try snuggling under a pile of their own blankets and quilts to see if they like the feeling of extra weight before purchasing a weighted blanket. She also warns against using weighted blankets in children younger than seven unless they are supervised. Also, you should not use a weighted blanket if you suffer from a respiratory, circulatory, or temperature regulation problem or are recovering from surgery. If you’re unsure, consult with your doctor before trying.

Occupational therapists recommend a blanket that is 5-10% of your body weight. Your doctor or occupational therapist can also help you determine the right weight for you or your child. If you tend to sleep hot, choosing a breathable 100% cotton blanket will help keep you comfortable.

Some insurance plans will even cover the cost of a weighted blanket as long as you have a doctor’s prescription.