These Weighted Blankets Can Alleviate Stress and Anxiety

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From Popular Mechanics

Who would have thought that the key to sleeping like a baby is a specialized blanket? Not vibrating headbands, not napping classes, and most definitely not human-shaped mattresses either. The secret to a more restful shuteye lies in a good 'ol blanket, or more specifically, a weighted blanket.

Initially developed for people in the autism spectrum, weighted blankets enjoyed mainstream success in recent years when companies started mass producing them to cater to masses with sleep disorders. Most of them cost an arm and a leg, though, but you'll find a more economical option in the brand Puro Down, which offers blankets for as low as $69.

Puro Down weighted blankets are embedded with glass beads sewn in small compartments, which then results in the blanket pushing your body downwards. This elicits a deeply calming effect, and simulates deep pressure touch (DPT), a type of therapy that utilizes hands-on pressure to alleviate chronic stress and anxiety. When you use the blanket to unwind, you'll fall asleep faster and longer and wake up energized and ready to conquer the day. It also aids in minimizing your movement and noise while you're snoozing, so you won't end up feeling fatigued in the morning.

In order for you to feel the benefits of a weighted blanket, experts suggest that you choose one that's one-tenth of your overall body weight. So if you're 120 pounds, you should choose a blanket that weighs 12 pounds. Good thing Puro Down comes in a variety of different weights and colors so you can find the one that works best for your body.

Take your pick from the options below:

Light Gray

Dark Gray

Prices start at $69, but you can enjoy an additional 15 percent off when you use the code MADNESS15 at checkout.

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