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A Sleep Specialist Says Weighted Blankets Can Help Keep You Calm in Stressful Times—This Best-Seller Is on Sale Now

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If stress and anxiety are keeping you up at night (hi, welcome to the club), snuggling under a weighted blanket is hands down one of the best things you can do to *finally* decompress at bedtime. In case you’re unfamiliar, weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like—heavy blankets that are weighed down by weighted microbeads or hefty knits—and they’re rife with sleep and mental health benefits.

“Weighted blankets are known for using gentle weight to promote a sense of calmness or relaxation using deep touch pressure stimulation,” explains Sarah Silverman PsyD, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist. “The sensation of being hugged, swaddled, or gently held may produce a sense of calmness.” Cuddling up under a weighted blanket essentially feels like a warm hug—which is proven to relieve stress, by the way. In addition to feeling like the best hug ever, sleeping with a weighted blanket helps cultivate a feeling of safety, which makes it easier to relax and fall asleep, according to Dr. Silverman. “[They] help you feel safe, secured, or in a protected space, which can be a powerful agent for relaxation.”

Now, we’ve tried a lot of weighted blankets in our day, and not all of them are created equal. “You want to look for breathable natural fibers when it comes to using a weighted blanket,” explains Dr. Silverman. “Synthetic fibers tend to be less breathable and end up trapping more heat during the night.” Dr. Silverman says the right weighted blanket should provide *gentle* body pressure, without being too hot or too heavy. Brooklinen’s best-selling Weighted Throw Blanket ($129) ticks all of those boxes. With its perfectly weighted interior, super soft feel, and all of the stress-relieving benefits we crave, it’s the weighted blanket of dreams—and you can get it on sale for 15 percent off right now (!!).

Weighing in at 12 pounds, Brooklinen's cozy, quilted throw blanket offers just the right amount of pressure that’s never overwhelming, making it a go-to for just about anyone, including those looking to try a weighted blanket for the first time. Dr. Silverman is a fan too, citing the natural materials and eco-friendly weights that make it a great choice. “It’s made from breathable cotton vs. traditional weighted blankets often made from synthetic fibers,” she tells us. “I also like that it’s filled with tiny glass beads—instead of plastic—which makes it more environmentally friendly and higher quality.”

With over 100 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on the Brooklinen site, the Weighted Throw Blanket is a clear winner among shoppers too. One reviewer said it made a huge difference in her insomnia. “I was skeptical about this helping with my insomnia, but it has been remarkable over the past couple of weeks how well I have been sleeping,” she wrote in a 5-star review. Other shoppers agree that the throw blanket’s comfy weight has done wonders for their sleep. “The weighted blanket is so comfortable and so cozy,” gushed another Brooklinen shopper in a 5-star review. “I challenge you to cover yourself with this blanket and *not* fall asleep!”

Just one small warning: Once you cozy up under the Brooklinen throw blanket’s gentle weight, you may never want to leave. “This blanket makes me never want to get up again and that is exactly what I was hoping for,” spills another reviewer. “I curl up in my ‘lil reading chair and drape this over me and then the entire day disappears: ideal.” Now if that’s not a glowing endorsement…

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