If you’ve been losing sleep lately, it might be time for you to try the latest sleep trend: weighted blankets. We’ve got the lowdown on how they work, and which ones to buy.
Falling asleep isn’t always easy – least of all nowadays, when it feels like we’ve always got a hundred things to worry about at any given moment. And while you could waste time counting sheep, there are definitely easier solutions to getting some quality shut-eye, one of which is by investing in a weighted blanket.
Having come into vogue at some point over the past two years, weighted blankets are generally filled with glass beads to create the sensation of being hugged. Specifically, they use Deep Touch Pressure Simulation (DPTS), which is a therapy method frequently used to treat stress and anxiety due to the way it can release both serotonin and dopamine in the brain.
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 per cent of your body weight, as “this allows for adequate pressure to activate your body’s neurological response”.
We did the research to find some of the best weighted blankets on offer, from organic designs to breathable summer-suited options.
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ASHWILLOW Australia Luxury Tencel Weighted Blanket
Price: $89 at Etsy for King Single size
Details: Made from a super soft and breathable fabric called Tencel, this 5.5kg blanket filled with lead-free glass microbeads will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. The design, including a calming blue colour, is specially designed by small local business ASHWILLOW, which was founded by a Naturopath.
Bambury Weighted Blanket
Price: from $139.95 at Zanui, in Single size and various weights
Details: Available in 4.5kg, 6.8kg and 9kg, this plush weighted blanket features cotton on one side for breathability and comfort and is weighted with glass beads. You can easily cover it with a single-sized quilt cover to make things more hygienic.
Accessorize Weighted Calming Blanket
Price: from $119.95 at Zanui, in Single or Queen size and various weights
Details: This blanket comes with a washable cotton cover to keep things easy and clean, and is filled with non-toxic micro glass beads. It’s available in 4.5kg, 6.8kg and 9kg weights.
Giselle Bedding Cotton Weighted Gravity Blanket
Price: $59.95 at Myer, in 72cm x 102cm sizing
Details: A great lightweight option for those wanting to dip their toes into the weighted blanket trend, this 2.3kg one is machine washable and has a microfibre side and a cotton side for comfort and warmth.
Ecosa Weighted Blanket
Price: from $240 (down from $300) at Ecosa, in Single sizing and various weights
Details: Perfect for those who run hot or with sensitive skin, this blanket has a breathable and organic bamboo outer which is naturally hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking. It comes in 7kg, 9kg or 11kg options.
Trafalgar All Seasons Weighted Blanket
Price: from $74.99 at Dick Smith, in Single sizing and various weights
Details: With a super cosy removable and washable faux mink cover, this option comes in 2.3kg, 7kg or 9kg weights.
Hotto Cuddle Weighted Blanket
Details: These cotton-covered blankets come in multiple colours to suit your style, and have weights corresponding to all bed sizes from single to King.