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Say See Ya to Anxiety: These Weighted Blankets Are Massively Reduced for Black Friday

And say hello to the best sleep of your life

Could a great weighted blanket be the key to putting the kibosh on your frenetic sleeping patterns? You know, those vivid, unsettling dreams. Sleeping for longer, but not feeling rested. Struggling to nod off, for fears about your future.

Weighted blankets might be the answer. Originally designed to help comfort distressed patients in hospital, these blankets have glass or plastic beads stitched into their quilting to offer heavier, ‘deep touch pressure’ that feels like a big hug. They’re usually made from a soft fabric in a calming, neutral colour.

The scientific effects of weighted blankets remain vague, but the ‘safe’ feeling that lying under them elicits has been shown to increase the production of serotonin, ‘the happy hormone’, and help improve our wellbeing. The best weighted blankets can improve sleep quality and help ease the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, too.

The best weighted blankets to buy online in 2021

Calming Blankets Adults Weighted Blanket, was $299 now $189

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WEIGHTS: 4.5kg 6.8kg, 9kg
SIZES: 
The adult weighted blanket is 198cm x 122cm and blankets for children (which can also be used as lap covers) are 91cm x 121cm and weigh 2.2kg
Machine washable:
 Yes, but only the cover

NB: Repurpose your winter blankets for summer with Calming Blankets Cotton Covers, cool to the touch, breathable and fits perfectly over your weighted blanket.

Bambury Weighted Blanket, from $103.96 at Zanui

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: Spend over $50 and save $20

WEIGHTS: 4.5kg, 6.8kg, 9kg
SIZE: 140cm x 210cm
Machine washable: No, spot clean only

Pine and River Bamboo Weighted Blanket, from $99.99 at Amazon

WEIGHT:  6.8kg
SIZE: 
40.6cm x 30.5 cm
Machine washable: Yes

Giselle Bedding Cotton Weighted Gravity Blanket, $59.95 at Myer

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: Was $48.95 now $45.95

WEIGHT: 2.3kg
SIZE: 
76cm x 102cm 
Machine washable:
 Yes

Ecosa Weighted Blanket, from $225 at Ecosa

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: 25% off, was $220 now $165

WEIGHTS: 7kg, 9kg, 11kg
SIZE:
Single  
Machine washable:
 Not specified

Adairs Harrison Charcoal Weighted Blanket, from $125.99 at Adairs

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: Reductions on all blanket weights such as 5.5kg was $179.99 now $143.99, 9kg was $219.99 now $175.99

WEIGHTS: 5.5kg, 7kg, 9kg, 11kg
SIZE: 
180cm x 210cm  
Machine washable:
 No, spot clean only

BUZIO Sherpa Fleece Weighted Blanket, from $76.99 at Amazon

WEIGHTS: 5.5kg, 7kg, 9kg
SIZES: 
120cm x 180cm, 150cm x 200cm
Machine washable: Not specified

FAQs: Weighted Blankets

What are the benefits of a weighted blanket?

According to a randomised controlled study from 2020, weighted blankets are a safe and effective way to help with insomnia in people with various mental health conditions including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Do weighted blankets really work?

As with most things, it can depend on the individual using the blanket, although research on the deep pressure stimulation therapy that the blankets imitate has shown positive results for people with anxiety, autism, and other conditions.

Women’s Health executive editor Kara Byers is a big fan of weighted blankets, “The combo of weight and feeling snuggly instantly intervenes with anxiety. It grounds me, bringing me down to earth and resetting my mind so I feel clearer minded and more in control.”

How heavy should a weighted blanket be?

Whilst there are plenty of models available in varying weights and sizes, according to Ecosa, it’s best to select a blanket that’s around 10 to 15 percent of your body weight, as “this allows for adequate pressure to activate your body’s neurological response”. Also note that children’s weighted blanket should correspond to 10 percent of their bodyweight, and those under the age of three shouldn’t use them at all.

Who shouldn’t use a weighted blanket?

Children under the age of three (due to the risk of suffocation), pregnant women and anybody with a respiratory or chronic medical condition. It should never feel like it’s trapping or crushing you. If in doubt, check with your GP before buying one.

Can I wash and dry my weighted blanket?

Check the washing instructions on your weighted blanket’s label. They tend to be machine washable on a cool, gentle cycle, but some are air dry only. Some come with removable covers for easy cleaning. If it’s too big for your machine, spot clean it with a soft, damp cloth.

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