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The options for stress-busting, sleep-enhancing solutions are endless these days. Essential oils, supplements, sound machines, and meditation apps are plentiful, but there’s one quick and easy fix that checks both boxes, reducing anxiety while simultaneously helping you sleep better. We’re talking about the weighted blanket, a fairly new concept that’s quickly become a wellness mainstay.
We’ll cut right to the chase: This isn’t just hype. The benefits of these blankets are legit. Think of them as the equivalent of being wrapped up in a tight hug by one of your loved ones or having your beloved pet fall asleep on top of you. “Weighted blankets offer a calming effect, the same way a swaddle does to a baby,” explains licensed psychologist Tamar Blank. “When pressure is applied in a calm and expected manner the brain receives signals to relax, lowering anxiety and calming our energy as we give in to the weight that’s on top of us.” (And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to feel calmer and less anxious?)
Ahead, the best weighted blankets out there right now.
Casper may be known for its mattresses, but the brand has plenty of great bedding accessories, too, this weighted blanket included. We like that it comes in three weights—10, 15, and 20 pounds—and three colors, all made of extra-breathable cotton that keeps you from over-heating. The 50 by 70-inch throw blanket size is great for cozying up on the couch or layering over your bed.
This dual-sided option features super smooth cotton on one side and plush, minky fur on the other, ideal for when you want to feel either nice and cool or extra warm and cozy. Plus, the hexagon quilting adds not only a nice stylistic element but also keeps the weight spread out evenly across the entire blanket.
This pick rings in at just under 40 dollars, a fraction of the cost of many other blankets. Made from 100% bamboo, it’s also a top choice for those with allergies or sensitive skin. And we’d be remiss not to mention that it’s a fan favorite, boasting more than 2,000 five-star ratings, with satisfied customers raving about the perfect weight.
This cult classic is part of the reason why weighted blankets are sometimes called gravity blankets. It comes in both single and king/queen sizes, and in 15- and 20-pound options for each. The micro-plush (removable, washable) cover is soft and snuggly but still super breathable, and also surprisingly stylish.
A weighted blanket is great, but a weighted blanket filled with crystals? Be still our self-care-loving hearts. This amped up option is a favorite of Senior Commerce Editorial Director Dwyer Frame. Rather than using the standard glass or plastic beads in so many other options, it’s filled with crystals—more specifically, amethyst for relieving stress, clear quartz for healing, and rose quartz for extra love vibes. The exterior is noteworthy too, a cozy microfiber that comes in three subdued neutral hues.
For those who don’t like the look of typical weighted blankets, this oversize throw can’t be beaten. The chunky knit blanket is made from buttery soft, certified-organic cotton and comes in three weights. The loops keep it nice and breathable, and it’s machine-washable (and dryable), too. Available in nine colors, there’s an option to fit every design aesthetic, no matter whether you’re using it as an extra layer on top of your bed or tossed over your couch for Netflix and snuggling.
Nationally recognized sleep expert Michael J. Breus, PhD, partnered with this brand to develop this blanket—and accordingly, it checks all the boxes. It's filled with high-density micro glass beads so it's nice and thin, despite the weight, and it's immersed in fiber mesh so it's not noisy—a common complaint when it comes to some other weighted blankets, says Dr. Breus. It comes in a 12-pound weight, and the dual-sided duvet cover, with both warm and cool sides, is removable and machine-washable.
If you want to use your weighted blanket as your primary bed covering (or, not just for naps on the couch) this is the way to go. True to its name, it’s unique in that it’s a weighted comforter, not just a blanket. You get the same great type of comforter you’d expect from the standout bedding brand, just with built-in, evenly-distributed glass microbeads. It also comes in up to 35 pounds, a nice option if you have a king-size bed or are sharing the comforter with a partner.
Choose from not only 50 different fabric choices (in various colors, patterns, and even waterproof options), but also five different sizes. There are also—wait for it— 21 weights to choose from, ranging from 3 to 40 pounds, so you can easily find one that works for the whole family.
It’s only logical to assume that a weighted blanket will make you feel warm. After all, if a regular blanket does that, one that’s heavier will even be warmer, right? Generally speaking, yes, that is the case, but this is the exception to the rule. A great choice for hot sleepers, it touts a unique fabric that wicks away moisture and actually absorbs body heat, so much so that it actually feels cool to the touch—even though you’re still getting all those same weighted blanket benefits.
On the flip side, if you’re always cold and are searching for a weighted blanket that will help you chill out and warm you up at the same time, this is choice. Both sides are made of plush minky fur to make this extra warm and cozy. Also nice: It’s one of the few options out there that comes in 8 pounds, which is lighter than most of the weighted blankets on the market and great for anyone easing into the trend.
Most weighted blankets aren’t meant to be the same size as your bed; otherwise, they’d hang off the sides and end up getting pulled off. But if you’re seeking an extra-large option—be that because you do want it to fit the whole bed or just want to cuddle up with someone—this is a great option. It comes in several different sizes, the largest being an impressive 86 by 92 inches that’s available in 15-, 20-, and 25-pound sizes.
There’s no dispute as to whether or not the benefits of weighted blankets—reduced anxiety and stress, improved sleep, and a general feeling of calm—are legit. Experts agree that they most certainly are, making this one hyped-up product definitely worth trying. The Casper Weighted Blanket (see at Casper) comes in three different weights and is a great all-around pick. The KoolaMo Weighted Blanket (see at Amazon) is an Amazon fan favorite and super affordable option, though it does only come in one weight. Hot sleepers worried about the warming aspect should try the BlanQuil Chill Cooling Weighted Blanket (see at Bed Bath & Beyond), and those who want a different, stylish option will love the Bearaby Cotton Napper (see at West Elm).
Meet the Expert
Tamar Blank is a licensed psychologist and the founder and director of Riverdale Psychology in Riverdale, New York. She treats individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationships, and other life stressors.
Also known as “The Sleep Doctor,” Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized sleep expert. He is a clinical psychologist and one of only 138 psychologists in the world with a specialty in sleep disorders.
What Are the Benefits of a Weighted Blanket?
In addition to helping to lower anxiety, Dr. Blank stays that weighted blankets are even beneficial for individuals with ADHD and autism. They’re also ideal for those suffering from restless legs.
This dovetails nicely with a weighted blanket’s sleep-improving abilities. According to Dr. Breus, first and foremost, lowered anxiety is hugely beneficial in your quest toward being able to fall asleep and stay asleep. But it even goes beyond that.
The technical term for the evenly-distributed weight you get from these types of blankets is ‘"deep pressure stimulation." Dr. Breus cites a study that showed that this type of pressure, from weighted blankets specifically, reduced physiological signs of stress by 33 percent, and that 63 percent of participants reported decreased anxiety. Deep pressure stimulation can help stimulate oxytocin (which is responsible for feelings of attachment and calm) and serotonin (an important precursor for melatonin, an essential hormone for regulating sleep). Simultaneously, it also decreases cortisol (AKA the stress hormone responsible for making you feel crappy).
How to Choose the Right Weight for Your Blanket
“The data suggests that [a weighted blanket] should be approximately 10 percent of your body weight,” says Dr. Breus, though he adds that that’s not necessarily a hard and fast rule. For example, if you weigh 250 pounds, you’d theoretically need a 25-pound blanket, but that’s likely way too heavy and can make it hard to get comfortable, he says. He suggests anyone who weighs more than 100 pounds start with a 12-pound blanket. If you’d like more pressure, gradually work your way up.
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Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. Along with writing about beauty, she also frequently covers health and wellness. Her favorite way to unwind every evening? Snuggling up on the couch with her weighted blanket and watching Bravo.