Weighted blankets for winter naps – are they worth it?

One of the big trends in 2018 has been the popularity of weighted blankets. But how exactly do they work and are you likely to benefit? We decided to tackle these big questions and pick out our favorite blankets.

Weighted blankets for winter naps – are they worth it?
  • Do weighted blankets really work? They do for many people. More scientific research is needed to prove their efficacy.
  • Are weighted blankets safe for children? Yes, if they are specifically made for children. They are not safe for babies.
  • What is the best weighted blanket? Keep reading to see our top picks!

After a long day at work, sleep should come easily when you curl up under the covers. Yet for many of us, restless legs or an agitated mind can be enough to scupper all attempts at sleep. The makers of weighted blankets claim that heavy covers can solve these problems. But can they really? We decided to investigate this big trend of 2018.

Weighted blankets: the verdict

Weighted blankets for winter naps - are they worth it?

Struggle to sleep?

It seems like a strange idea that making your duvet heavier can improve your quality of sleep. However, there is some scientific reasoning behind weighted blankets.

We are biologically programmed to feel more relaxed when we are sleeping in the presence of family. It makes sense on a cave-dweller level. With someone else there to raise the alarm when wolves or bears come knocking on your proverbial cave door, it’s much easier to get some sleep.

Most adults manage to sleep with or without this comfort. But folks who struggle with anxiety and other conditions that cause sensitivity may need a little help.

Weighted blankets can provide this “deep pressure therapy.” Questions remain about its effectiveness outside the medical sphere. But many people who have suffered insomnia swear by the sleep-inducing properties of such blankets.

The best weighted blankets

So, there’s the evidence. If you are convinced, try one of these weighted blankets:

Solace Therapeutic Weighted Blanket

Solace Therapeutic Weighted Blanket - Weighted blankets for winter naps - are they worth it?

Solace is less bulky than the competition

This high-quality blanket provides an even distribution of weight and good temperature regulation. Solace is also 60% thinner than most weighted blankets, and the provided cover is machine washable.

Price: $260 USD

LEVIA Relaxing Weighted Blanket

LEVIA Relaxing Weighted Blanket - Weighted blankets for winter naps - are they worth it?

LEVIA has a soft minky cover

Sleeping under LEVIA is like being wrapped in a cloud. The fuzzy minky cover keeps you cozy, while the duvet is split into numerous 4×4-inch cells to keep the weights in place.

Price: $204.89 USD, pre-order

SNUZI LIFE Premium Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets for winter naps - are they worth it?SNUZI LIFE Premium Weighted Blanket -

SNUZI LIFE is hypoallergenic

The weighted blanket from SNUZI LIFE keeps things simple. Made from cotton with a soft minky cover, it provides a plush dose of deep pressure. The cover is also hypoallergenic, and you can unzip it in warmer temperatures.

Price: $168.95 USD

Gravity Therapeutic Weighted Blanket

Gravity Therapeutic Weighted Blanket - Weighted blankets for winter naps - are they worth it?

Gravity’s microfiber design leads the pack

Many reviewers regard Gravity as the best weighted blanket right now. The blanket itself is hypoallergenic, with a calming blue sheen and an even distribution of weights. Meanwhile, the super soft microfiber cover has a beautiful embroidered stitching pattern.

Price: $249 USD

Heavy blankets, big trend

The scientific jury is still out on weighted blankets. But in the meantime, many people seem to be enjoying a better sleep under these heavy covers. You can even make your own, it turns out.

Have you tried sleeping under a weighted blanket? Did it help you sleep? Share your experience with other readers in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
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