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What Is a Weighted Blanket?

From tossing and turning to bad dreams and racing thoughts, there's a lot that can get in the way of the perfect night's sleep — especially when your stress and anxiety levels are at an all time high. Sometimes, no matter how tired we can get, our bodies and our minds can keep us from getting the sleep we so desperately need.

Thankfully there are tricks you can use to help your body relax, and a weighted blanket might be the best sleep solution that you never knew you needed. If you're looking to try something new on your journey to find the best sleep ever, here's what you should know about using a weighted blanket to relieve your stress and anxiety, and how you can get get a better night's sleep simply by switching out your blanket:

What is a weighted blanket?

If you've ever wondered what is a weighted blanket, then you're not alone. Weighted blankets, also referred to as gravity blankets or anxiety blankets, are exactly as they sound — blankets with weights stitched into the fabric. (No, not the kind of weights you lift at the gym. ?) Weighted blankets are filled with smaller weights, such as micro beads or other types of weighted pellets, to give the blanket a heavier feel and comfort the wearer.

Benefits of a Weighted Blanket for Adults

Studies have shown that using a weighted blanket while you sleep helps to reduce movement in the night, which can boost the amount of time you spend in deep, rejuvenating sleep cycles rather than tossing and turning. For those needing a peaceful night's rest, they are a great tool that can provide a little added comfort and support, no matter your sleep needs.

Weighted Blankets for Anxiety

While some enjoy the heaviness of a weighted blanket, weighted blankets have also been used by many occupational therapists in  sensory integration therapy for children or adults with autism or a sensory processing disorders. Additional benefits also include reducing stress and anxiety.

Adults using a weighted blanket for anxiety have found it is a calming way to treat feelings of unease or insecurity. Since weighted blankets offer deep pressure stimulation, the wearer is provided with the feeling of being hugged or swaddled. For many individuals, this sensation can be comforting and help relieve stress.

The Best Weighted Blanket

If you're interested in upgrading your sleep environment to include a weighted blanket, considered one of the best weighted blanket, the BlanQuil™ Weighted Blanket. The BlanQuil weighted blanket is a premium grade therapeutic blanket that provides a soothing, and calming effect when you're stressed out. With an ultra-soft micro plush cover, this weighted blanket features 5x5'' stitched squares that keep eco-friendly glass micro-beads in place for even weight distribution. It also promotes Deep Pressure Therapy to provide you with a feeling of being hugged, so you can de-stress and unwind after a long day.

The BlanQuil™ Weighted Blanket is made to be approximately 8%-15% of your body weight and features two different blanket weights — 15 lb weighted blanket and 20 lb weighted blanket.

BlanQuil™ Weighted Blanket reviews say: "I love it so much. It feels like I'm being hugged as I fall asleep," and "This blanket helps me stay in place and stay cozy," making it ideal for those needing a peaceful night's rest. The BlanQuil Weighted Blanket could be the best weighted blanket for you!

If you're looking for a natural way to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your sleep quality, consider trying a weighted blanket — you can now test one at a Mattress Firm near you. You might just find the sleep solution you've been looking for!

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