Stress and anxiety is something that all of us feel from time to time, whether it’s stress over a lack of being able to sleep or anxiety over something bigger from us.
While we’re all about stress relief through reading at Hooked to Books, sometimes it just doesn’t do the job. From yoga and therapy to exercise and a great nap, stress relief is a multi-faceted thing that doesn’t often have one straight fix.
What’s one thing that has helped all of us, though? The nice and comforting heaviness that comes from the perfect weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets have a ton of benefits to their snuggles, from assisting those with insomnia and helping those with sensory issues to calming down anxious feelings and giving brains a much-needed break from the constant thoughts that can often come along with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and even restless leg syndrome.
Weighted blankets are usually filled with glass beads of some sort to provide a benefit that can be similar to deep tissue therapy to the wearer, and are a great thing to try.
While they might not work for everybody, they can be an excellent means of comfort to many — and, what could possibly make a long reading sesh much better than the perfect weighted blanket?
How to Choose the Perfect Weighted Blanket
When shopping for the best-weighted blanket for you, there are several things to consider. From the fabric to the heaviness of the blanket at hand, here are some considerations to keep in mind:
● Weighted blankets shouldn’t be used with kids under the age of 2, or with anyone weighing less than 20 pounds
● Typically, the best weight for you should be about 5-10% of your actual body weight. For example, a 150-pound person should look for a 10-15 pound weight in their weighted blanket
● The size of the weighted blanket is really up to personal preference, but you can buy smaller weighted blankets or those that cover entire beds
● Children should only use weighted blankets made for children out of safety concerns, as should adults. While it’s not dangerous for an adult to use a child’s weighted blanket, the effectiveness would be wildly lessened
● Consider the fabric when buying a weighted blanket. If you tend to overheat easily, look for a weighted cooling blanket. If you’re always cold, consider a fleece or down weighted blanket
The Best Weight Blankets for Kids
This weighted blanket is perfect for kiddos regardless of the season — the breathable blanket also includes a minky cover — and is decorated in a Sleepy Print that’s sure to provoke happiness.
Pick up a 5 lb blanket for children weighing 42-63 lbs, or grab a 7 lb blanket for those weighing 58-88 lbs.
This comfy weighted blanket comes with a pillow cover and removable duvet cover, and the 6 lb blanket is perfect for those from 45-70 lbs. In a teal color that promotes relaxation, the coziness never stops.
Choose from grey, purple, pink, or blue for the perfect weighted blanket for every kid. These blankets come in sizes from 3-10 lbs, and include one side meant for sensory input along with a smooth side for comfort.
This weighted blanket is decorated with cute dinos to drift your kiddo off to dreamland and comes in 5, 7, and 10 lbs for maximum comfort no matter the size of the child. Made with environmentally friendly glass beads, this blanket is a great pick.
Unicorns will help drift your child off to an anxiety-free dreamland with this fleece weighted blanket, which ranges from 5-15 lbs in size. With a 7-layer structure designed for maximum relaxation, warmth and coziness are waiting.
The Best Weight Blankets for Adults
This cooling weighted blanket makes for great sleep and relaxation for adults, built with a noiseless fabric that keeps you relaxed without the rustling noises many blankets have. The blanket is quilted to hold the beads in place, and we’d recommend purchasing the duvet cover, too.
With a smartly designed 7 layers of warmth and relaxation, this weighted blanket is absolutely perfect for any adults (and it even comes in a king size!) Made with super-soft fabric and made to be breathable, this weighted blanket stands up to the test.
This heavy weighted blanket is constructed with microfiber and glass beads for the ultimate relaxation, and the two-layer design is great for keeping you cool while you’re nice and relaxed underneath the blanket, no matter the season.
Made with 100% natural bamboo fabric, this adult weighted blanket is seriously great for those who need a cooler feel when it comes to the heaviness of the blanket. This blanket — which goes from 7 lbs all the way up to 30 lbs — is also hypoallergenic.
This weighted blanket, which comes along with a built-in cover, is great for providing tactile comfort right alongside added relaxation from weight and compression. The blanket is quilted, while the duvet cover provides some cozy comfort for the wearer.
The Best Weight Blankets for Your Home
This weighted blanket is perfect for every room and every design style that you may have in your home, whether you’re looking for a magnolia print for your guest room or a giraffe print for a child’s room. You’ll also find the size you need, as these weighted blankets come in sizes from 5 lbs to 30 lbs.
Made with 100% cotton for maximum breathability and comfort, these weighted blankets are in neutral color palettes that work with any room in the home. You’ll also be able to match with your kiddo since you can buy these in 7 lbs all the way up to 30 lbs.
This weighted blanket is seriously cozy, made with fleece for a plush, relaxing experience for the wearer. With neutral colors, this weighted blanket looks great in the living room, the study, or the library.
Choose from a queen-sized or king-sized weighted blanket with this comforter, which is a sneaky relaxer for any room you’d like it to adorn. To make it even better, the blankets vary from 5 lbs to 30 lbs to fit each and every room in your home.
Made with tinier beads to allow for super uniform relaxation, this down-weighted blanket is king-sized to make the perfect addition to every bedroom in your home. Whether you save it for guests or keep it for yourself, this weighted blanket is delightfully cozy and is sized perfectly.
The Best Weight Blankets for Sleep & Anxiety Relief
Designed by a neurologist for the ultimate sleep and relaxation package, this weighted blanket is built to give the wearer a seriously good sleep. Pick this upsized for your bed (from twin all the way to king), and enjoy the great dreams you’re about to have!
This king-size comforter is the perfect storm for a great night’s sleep, and the extra-large weighted blanket is made with materials that promote breathability right alongside relaxation.
Sleep is waiting for you with this plush weighted blanket, which is the perfect amount of cozy for anything from naps to nighttime dreamland. Grab the larger size if you’re wanting to cuddle up with it at night, or grab the smaller size for naps on the couch.
Even the hottest of sleepers will reach REM with this weighted blanket, which is designed specifically to keep you cool while you’re snoozing. The technology keeps the weight evenly distributed, which means you won’t wake up with heaviness only on one side.
Made with high-quality percale cotton and a 7-layer design to promote consistency throughout the blanket, this weighted blanket is great for snuggling up on a cold night. With clouded quilting, you’ll be snoozing in no time.
Whether you’re an anxious sleeper or you’re just looking for something to calm down the stress of the world, these weighted blankets will be a big-time game changer in your life.
From stretching out on your king-size bed to curling up on the couch to promoting a great kiddo nap time, a weighted blanket is a great addition to a stress-free (or, at least, a stress-relieved) lifestyle.
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