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And that's why weighted blankets have become such a popular option for troubled sleepers.
Weighted blankets are typically filled with glass pellets to provide a sense of pressure that many people find to have a soothing effect. When it comes to choosing the perfect weight for you, studies show that blankets that are more than 10% of a person's body weight are best.
"Many people like the feeling of pressure against their body and do find this pressure to be quite relaxing,” Lynelle Schneeberg, Psy.D., a sleep psychologist who is also a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, previously told TODAY. “Lying under a heavy blanket can, indeed, be very soothing."
The trendy blankets can get quite expensive, but there has been a recent influx of affordable brands that shoppers swear work just as well as their more expensive counterparts.
Ahead, six choices that have racked up positive reviews from customers.
This option from YnM is currently one of the bestselling weighted blankets on Amazon and has an impressive 4.6-star rating. It features a unique seven layer design with evenly distributed glass pellets throughout.
Customers have left over 6,000 positive reviews, with many saying its breathable fabric is a major selling point.
"I have always loved the feeling of heavy blankets and comforters piled on top of me, but it's too hot in the summer to do that." one verified reviewer wrote. "I was thrilled to find that a weighted blanket was actually 'a thing', and I can use it in the summer without getting too warm!"
Amazon has listed this as an "Amazon's Choice" product for cooling weighted blankets, and over 2,000 people have had positive experiences. It also contains evenly distributed glass beads throughout the cooling cotton fabric.
"This blanket is life changing," one verified reviewer wrote. "I work crazy shift work hours and frequently change my schedule, meaning I do not maintain the ideal sleep patterns. This blanket changed that."
The manufacturer describes the cotton fabric of this blanket as "cloud-like," making it a good option for anybody who is worried about sacrificing softness when opting for a weighted blanket.
"I sleep much more sound and will wake up in the same position that I fell asleep in," one verified reviewer wrote. "Try it, you’ll like it!"
This version from the brand Weighted Idea has racked up some impressive reviews on Amazon thanks to its anti-odor features and breathable two-layer fabric.
"I like that the blanket is not restrictive," one verified reviewer wrote. "The weight is calming and if I wake up during the night, I am able to fall back to sleep easily, whereas without it I continue to be restless."
Weighted Idea also sells a separate duvet cover for easy cleaning.
If you're looking for an even more affordable design under $50, look no further. With an easily washable cover, Walmart and Target customers have been loving this blanket by Tranquility.
It features a micro-plush layer for softness, while the sand grain-sized glass beads add weight without a lumpy texture.
"I am a light sleeper and I toss and turn all night long," a Walmart reviewer wrote. "This blanket did in fact relax me and made me feel calm, which in turn allowed me to have a much deeper sleep."
This blanket sold at Wayfair touts its "light fiberfill" as a major selling point, as it's designed to decrease any rustling sounds as you move the blanket around.
"Okay, so this blanket is life changing," one reviewer wrote. "The past two nights I’ve had the best sleep of my life! I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to jump on the bandwagon."
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