Getting quality sleep can be a struggle for many children, teens and adults. Stress, anxiety, physical health, and pre-existing disorders and conditions can all contribute to a lack of restful sleep. Those who struggle to fall and stay asleep often find themselves groggy throughout the day, with chronic fatigue leading to other issues, including a lack of mental, physical and emotional alertness. Using sleep aids in the form of medication can be expensive and cause dependency. Thankfully, there are more natural sleep aids that can help people get quality sleep, like a cooling weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets are a type of pressure therapy that creates a feeling of calm and reassurance for users. Often used by people who have ADHD or are on the autism spectrum, weighted blankets have also proven to be helpful to people who suffer from anxiety, stress, insomnia or chronic pain.
When using a weighted blanket, adults should aim for a blanket that is between five and 10 percent of their body weight. Children over the age of two can also use a weighted blanket that is appropriate for their size and age. It’s important to note that anyone with breathing issues, including asthma and sleep apnea, should avoid using a weighted blanket.
For those who want a weighted blanket that will help improve their sleep without causing them to overheat, we’ve put together a list of some of the best cooling weighted blankets. Check out our favorites and get ready for sweet dreams.
1. ZonLi Adults Weighted Blanket
Find the perfect color and weight for a restful night’s sleep with the ZonLi Adults Weighted Blanket. Available in 20 color options and 15 weight and size combinations, ZonLi makes it easy for users to find the perfect match for their bedroom and sleeping needs. The all-season cooling blanket is made with glass beads that are evenly distributed throughout the blanket. High-density sewing technology and two layers of microfiber create a blanket that is long-lasting and comfortable. Two layers of 100 percent cotton are used to help keep users comfortable and cool while under the breathable blanket.
Pros: Several color and size options, evenly distributed glass beads, high-density sewing for added longevity.
Cons: ZonLi recommends using a duvet to cover the protect the blanket (the blanket includes duvet hooks).
2. Weighted Idea Cool Weighted Blanket
Feel the comfort and therapeutic benefits of a pressure blanket when sleeping, reading, watching TV or just relaxing by using the Weighted Idea Cool Weighted Blanket. The blanket is available in 14 solid color options and a variety of weight classes that fit a Twin or Full-sized bed. Made with soft and cozy 100 percent natural cotton, the breathable blanket is ideal for use year-round. Eight corner loops make it simple for users to attach a duvet cover and we like that the blanket is designed with five by five-inch pockets to help ensure that the glass beads are evenly distributed.
Pros: Multiple color options, includes duvet hooks, small pocket design for even glass bead distribution.
Cons: Weighted Idea also recommends using a duvet cover with their blanket, which users much purchase separately.
3. LUNA Adult Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are a great sleep aid for adults, but they are also effective for young children and teens. In addition to the LUNA Adult Weighted Blanket, the company also makes smaller, lighter blankets that are available in patterns and designs for kids, including rocket ships, dinosaurs, sailboats and unicorns. All of the company’s blankets are made from 100 percent cotton and combine seven layers to provide an even distribution of weight. Made with non-toxic glass beads, the Luna blankets are Oeko-Tex Certified and hypoallergenic. The blankets can be used on their own and also feature duvet hooks. We also like that the Luna blankets are safe for the washing machine.
Pros: Adult and child sizes and patterns, hypoallergenic material, safe for the washing machine.
Cons: The Luna blanket may be slightly warmer than the other models on our list.
4. WONAP Cooling Weighted Blanket
Unlike the rest of the blankets on our list, the WONAP Cooling Weighted Blanket is made with natural bamboo, which has its own built-in breathable properties. The inner part of the blanket features ultra-soft cotton, as well as hypoallergenic, non-toxic and odorless glass beads. Thanks to the coolness of the bamboo and glass beads, the WONAP is an all-season blanket that will keep users cool even during hot months. The four inch by four-inch diamond pocket design ensures that the beads remain evenly distributed throughout the blanket. Durable stitching and edges keep the beads safely inside the blanket and we like that it is machine washable.
Pros: Made with natural and cooling bamboo, non-toxic and odorless beads, machine washable.
Cons: Although the blanket is available in 14 weight and size options, grey is the only color option.