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Trouble falling asleep? Try this simple bedtime hack

Finally, a blanket that pulls its weight.

If you’re looking for new ways to ensure a restful night’s sleep is on the cards, every night, then you’ll be familiar with the recent phenomenon of weighted blankets.

Also known as calming blankets, weighted blankets are filled with materials such as glass beads or plastic pellets that make them heavier in comparison to traditional blankets. The added weight provides pressure to the body as you sleep – like a warm hug – which means tossing and turning before you finally reach deep REM sleep is reduced.  

Weighing from 3kg to 14kg (depending on the size), it’s recommended that a weighted blanket is around 10 per cent of your body weight for health and safety reasons. However, once you’ve found your perfect weight (as in the end, it is still down to personal preference), unwinding and cosying up on the couch or bed after a long day will be comfier than ever.

To help you upgrade your sleep routine, we’ve rounded up the best weighted or calming blankets to help you relax in no time.

2024’s TOP WEIGHTED BLANKETS

  1. Blue Oodie weighted blanket, $129 (usually $159), Oodie (here’s why)
  2. Ecosa weighted blanket, from $176 (usually $220), Ecosa (here’s why)
  3. DreamZ chunky knit weighted blanket (3kg) in grey, $83.95 (usually $124.99), Myer (here’s why)


The best weighted blankets Australia 2024

01

Blue Oodie weighted blanket

$129 (usually $159), Oodie

Feel relaxed under this weighted blanket by none other than the cult hooded blanket brand, The Oodie. Available also in a neutral grey hue to suit most interior styles, the Oodie weighted blanket is filled with non-toxic glass beads that are separately sewn into pockets which are evenly distributed for comfort.

Key features:

  • Non-toxic glass beads
  • Separately sewn pockets
  • 198 x 121 cm

02

Ecosa weighted blanket

from $176 (usually $220), Ecosa

With an ultra-breathable, 100 per cent organic bamboo outer, Ecosa’s weighted blanket is extra soft and naturally hypoallergenic. As it applies gentle pressure to the body to promote the release of stress, you’ll feel calmer than ever as you drift off to your best sleep yet.

Key features:

  • Made with bamboo
  • Weight glass beads
  • Hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking

03

DreamZ chunky knit weighted blanket (3kg) in grey

$83.95 (usually $124.99), Myer

Leave the stress and anxieties of the day at the door as you jump under this chunky-knitted weighted blanket from Dreamz. In an easy-to-style grey hue and an incredibly soft finish, you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day, every day. 

Key features:

  • Machine washable
  • Dryer compatible
  • Handwoven
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04

Cotton weighted blanket (2.2kg) in Cloud

$169, Home Beautiful

Designed with kids in mind, this bead-free weighted blanket is cleverly crafted with a knitting technique for even weight distribution. Soft and snuggly to the touch, it’s also machine washable and its compact size allows you to take it anywhere for portable calm comfort on the go. 

Key features:

  • Machine washable, dry flat for best results
  • Dimensions: 100 x 130cm
  • Bead-free design

05

Anjee Sherpa fleece weighted blanket in pink

from $91.99 (usually $99.99), Amazon

Combine the soft feeling of Sherpa with the benefits of a weighted blanket, and you get the Anjee Sherpa fleece weighted blanket. Also available in navy blue and light grey, choose one that suits your bedroom, and you’ll be in a deep and calm slumber in no time. 

Key features:

  • Soft fleece top paired with a Sherpa reverse
  • Square pocket design
  • Non-toxic, environmentally friendly ceramic beads

06

Jason weight blanket (3kg) in pale pink

$70, Big W

Like a warm soft hug, the Jason weighted blanket is filled with fine-grade glass beads to promote a restful night’s sleep. Plus, with its grid-like stitching, the glass beads are evenly distributed within the blanket too. 

Key features:

  • Super soft coral fleece cover
  • Fine-grade glass bead fill
  • 3kg

07

Hilton Tranquility 6.8kg weighted blanket

$129 (usually $189), Pillow Talk

Deep, soothing pressure that helps you fall asleep faster? Yes, please. This weighted blanket from Hilton is available in three different weights and features a soft brushed cotton cover and a glass bead fill.

Key features:

  • Soft brushed cotton cover
  • Glass bead fill
  • Available in 3 different weights

Is it okay to use a weighted blanket every night?

Once you choose the right weighted blanket that suits you, it is generally okay to use every night. Daniel Noyed from the Sleep Foundation notes that as long as the person using the blanket has enough strength and physical dexterity to lift the blanket off themselves when necessary to prevent suffocation or entrapment, a weighted blanket is generally considered safe to use.

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