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During the stress and chaos of 2020, many (many) people found solace in weighted blankets.
The blankets have gained somewhat of a cult status over the last 12 months, as people turned to them for their reported anxiety- and insomnia-relieving effects.
But what exactly are they?
Weighted blankets are throw-sized blankets filled with weighted materials, such as plastic pellets. The feeling of weighted physical pressure can result in a calming effect and uses the principles of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) or Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) often used by occupational therapists to aid relaxation.
Weighted blankets come in different sizes and weights, and can be used by kids and adults.
As well as being thought to increase a sense of calm,
Weighted blankets can keep you cosy during the winter and their added weight can help relieve tension.
In fact, many people report that they feel like a hug - which is something that many of us could do with right now, especially if living alone during a third lockdown.
So, if you’re looking to invest in a weighted blanket, we’ve put together seven of the best to suit all budgets - we’re certain it’s about to become the favourite thing you own.
6 of the best weighted blankets
Synthetic Collection Weighted Blanket with Removable Cover | £100 - £120 from John Lewis & Partners
Available in 7kg, 9kg and 11.5kg, this super-cosy John Lewis weighted blanket features a soft and luxurious cover, which is removable for machine washing.
One shopper said: “Absolutely in love with this blanket. How the weight distributes is very relaxing, perfect for sitting on the couch and winding down for the evening (particularly now the cold weather's hit).”
Specialist Synthetic Weighted Blanket | £80 - £110 from John Lewis & Partners
Available in a variety of weights to suit your body size and preference, this uber-popular weighted blanket sells out extremely quickly, so if it’s in stock, add it to your basket ASAP.
One pleased shopper said: “My god my sleep has been transformed, I have [an] app that tells my sleep quality averages around 47%. Well since I bought this it hasn't dropped below 65%.”
Brentfords Teddy Weighted Blanket | £37 from Amazon
With the teddy fleece outer layer, you will be warm and cosy, which will ultimately help promote a soothing and deeper sleep.
The 4kg blanket is ideal for children, whilst the 6kg and 8kg weights are suited to adults.
“After months of restless sleep (lockdown anxiety?), trying all sorts of pre-bedtime ideas and this worked a treat from the first night,” reads one five-star review.
HIGH LIVING Weighted Blanket | £39.99 from Amazon
The gridded stitching on this blanket ensures the internal beads remain uniformly spread out to keep the weight properly distributed. The top-rated blanket comes with several fixed ropes, which are convenient for keeping your favourite quilt cover in place.
One top review reads: “This blanket is a godsend. I have been hunting down a heavy but cheap weighted blanket for months, and I hovered around the idea of buying this one simply because it seemed too good to be true, considering most weighted blankets I have seen cost more than £80.”
ZZZNEST Weighted Blanket for Adults | £59.99 from Amazon
With over 1,700 five-star reviews on Amazon, it’s clear this 7.2kg weighted blanket - incorporating seven layers - is a winner with shoppers.
“This is honestly awesome. I suffer from severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I really struggle to fall asleep. This has been a game changer for me,” said one customer.
Jaymag Weighted Blanket with Duvet Cover | £96.99 from Amazon
Jaymag adult weighted blankets simulate the feeling of being hugged and swaddled, which can help you fall asleep, improve rest and wake up feeling rejuvenated.
One top review reads: “Due to the weight of the blanket, you do feel snug under it. I normally watch TV in bed for a couple of hours but genuinely, since using the blanket, I just want to close my eyes and sleep.”
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