Getting a good night’s sleep is critical to our mental, physical and emotional health, but bedtime can be a battle for many people. Stress, anxiety and depression can all manifest themselves in sleepless nights that inhibit us from operating at our full capacity during the day. Thankfully, there has been an increase in nonmedical treatments for sleep disorders. One that continues to grow in popularity is the use of a weighted blanket for adults.
Weighted blankets have been found to provide calming and soothing effects for children and young people with ADHD and Autism. Now adults are also seeing the benefits of weighted blankets, which are form of deep pressure therapy. A comfortable amount of pressure on the body can help to release serotonin in the brain, which promotes feelings of calmness and happiness. Weighted blankets can also help put a user’s body into ‘rest’ mode, which can help to slow their elevated heartbeat and breathing, allowing the body to calm down and enter a state of sleep.
When purchasing a weighted blanket, users should look for options that are approximately 10% of their body weight. Weighted blankets don’t need to be large enough to cover the entire bed but simply create a cover over the individual person. If partners match up relatively close in weight, they can share a larger weighted blanket. It’s important to note that babies and toddlers should not use weighted blankets and parents must exercise caution when using a weighted blanket in homes with small children.
For those who are ready to stop tossing and turning and start getting the deep sleep that dreams are made of, check out our picks of the best weighted blankets for adults.
1. Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket
For a blanket that looks good, is easy to clean and provides a comfortable amount of pressure, we recommend the Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket. The Quility features seven layers of fabric to house the high quality glass beads that evenly distribute weight over the user. The outside layer of the breathable blanket is 100% cotton and the interior polyester layers contain millions of premium micro glass beads. A plush dual-sided duvet cover comes already attached to the blanket for added softness and warmth for cold nights and can easily be removed and cleaned in the washing machine. We also like that the blanket arrives in a zippered carrying case for convenient storage. Users can choose from 13 size and weight options, including 60 x 80-inches and 15 pounds, which is shown here.
Pros: Users can choose from seven different colors for their removable cover.
Cons: The removable duvet cover may be too warm for many users.
2. Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket For Adults
Because of the makeup of weighted blankets, some users often find themselves overheating in the middle of the night. Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket For Adults has tried to remedy this issue by offering both a warm duvet cover and cooling duvet cover. The warm duvet cover is made with soft fleece and is ideal for cool months, while the cooling cover has CoolMax Microfiber technology that helps to pull heat away from the user’s body. Unlike most weighted blankets, which are designed with glass beads, the Degrees of Comfort blanket uses nano-ceramic beads that help to evenly distribute weight throughout the blanket.
Pros: Degrees of Comfort has a wide range of sizes and weights, starting at five pounds for kids and going up to 30 pounds.
Cons: Users need to size up if they want a blanket that covers their bed while they are under the blanket.
3. YnM Weighted Blanket
For a blanket that comes in a wide variety of sizes, weights and colors, try the YnM Weighted Blanket. The blanket is made with Oeko-Tex Certified bamboo cotton that is breathable and easy to clean. Designed with seven layers to help keep the glass beads evenly distributed throughout the blanket, the YnM is available in several size and weight options. A king-size option that is designed for sharing between two people is also available. For users who like using a duvet cover, YnM sells their own matching cozy minky duvet that is perfectly fitted for each blanket size.
Pros: The YnM comes in a variety of colors and patterned designs that are attractive enough to be used without the duvet cover.
Cons: This may not be a good option for users who already find themselves overheating at night.
4. Luna Adult Weighted Blanket
For users with sensitivities, we recommend the Luna Adult Weighted Blanket. Made with 100% cotton, the earth-friendly Luna is hypoallergenic and Oeko-Tex Certified, which means it’s free of harmful substances and chemicals. The blanket is also designed with non-toxic glass beads, making this an option users will feel safe about having in their home. The super soft blanket has a seven-layer design to help keep the beads evenly distributed throughout. Customers can choose blankets starting at five pounds and going all the way up to 30 pounds, including a King size option designed for two users.
Pros: Available in attractive patterns for both kids and adults, the Luna blankets are also made with duvet hooks for added convenience.
Cons: The breathable blanket is temperature-controlled, but like any weighted blanket, it may result in users feeling warmer than normal.