If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep or suffer from conditions like anxiety or autism, a weighted blanket may be exactly what your body is needing. Commonly, the products add an extra 10 percent of your body weight on top of you, and are said to help users fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly.
It’s not just pillow talk; science backs the claims of weighted blankets. Like a gentle but firm hug, heavy duvets are said to cause deep pressure stimulation which activates pressure points and triggers a chain reaction in the body, resulting in a relaxed nervous system – the switch from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest.”
Most – 63 percent – of the people who use weighted blankets report lower anxiety. People say they sleep better and feel more refreshed in the morning, while other research has proven that heavy throws significantly reduce sleep dysfunction, pain, and stress.
5 Vegan Weighted Blankets to Give You the Best Night’s Rest
1. Gravity Blanket
The Gravity Blanket was the first to emerge on the market, smashing its $21,500 Kickstarter goal by raising almost $5 million. Developed by a health technology company, the product is out to tackle the chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders experienced by 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S.
Its weighted filling is a High Density Plastic Poly Pellet, which is odorless and non-toxic. Its outer cover is velboa plush (100 percent polyester) and the inner shell is 100 percent cotton.
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2. The Napper
This chunky throw, created by Bearaby especially for daytime naps, is made with woven, naturally weighted vegan yarn (organic cotton and elastane). Its wide-loop weave helps keep the blanket breathable, as well as lighter than some of the other weighted blanket products on the market. For every Napper, 250 meters of chunky yarn is used. The product comes in six colors: dark blue, light blue, pink, white, light gray, and dark gray.
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3. Cooling Weighted Blanket
Made by YnM, this weighted blanket is ideal for hot, perspiring sleepers. Its breathable smart fabric is made from bamboo, giving the blanket a satin-like smooth feel that is cold to touch. It also has an anti-bacterial function, according to YnM. The brand states that the rate of bacterial culling on bamboo fabrics can reach 71 percent after 24 hours.
Glass beads keep this blanket heavy, helping to provide a good night’s sleep to sufferers of anxiety, autism, ADHD, insomnia, and everyday stress.
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4. Quility Weighted Blanket
This hefty duvet, said to ease stress, anxiety, and help with conditions like PTSD, “emulates the feeling of a comforting hug,” according to the Quility website. Ideal for children as well as adults, the blanket includes a heat-absorbing cotton-flannel cover, keeping sleepers warm during colder seasons but cool when temperatures rise.
Its filling is made up of glass beads, padded with two layers of polyester. This weighted blanket is more budget-friendly than many of its competitors.
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5. BUZIO Weighted Blanket
This duvet places an extra 7 to 12 percent of your body weight on top of you to sleep. But it’s still breathable; the weighted inner layer is 100 percent organic cotton which is soft and hypo-allergenic, the brand writes, to “hug you back throughout the night.”
For those who want a more inviting look to their blanket, BUZIO sells vegan mink-like covers in various colors.
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