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Trouble falling asleep? Try this simple bedtime hack

Finally, a blanket that pulls its weight.
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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.  

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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.

The best weighted blankets Australia 2023

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Handwoven weighted blanket in dream blue, $199 (usually $399), Calming Blankets

Handcrafted to perfection, this weighted blanket from Calming Blankets combines tranquillity with style. Plus, its knitted design that does not trap unnecessary heat is a great option for hot sleepers.

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Oodie weighted blanket in blue, $134 (usually $159), The 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.

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Ecosa weighted blanket, $110 (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.

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Milkshake weighted blanket 3kg in gingham blue, $49 (usually $99.95), Myer

Looking for a weighted blanket for your little one? This adorable gingham blue weighted blanket from Milkshake is 3kg in weight, filled with micro-glass beads and polyester fibre, and is designed to provide the ultimate comfort for your child.

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Royal Comfort chunky hand knit weighted blanket, $149.95 (usually $189.95), Myer

Leave the stress and anxieties of the day at the door as you jump under this chunky hand-knitted weighted blanket from Royal Comfort. 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. 

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Charcoal weighted blanket, from $99.99, Adairs

A weighted blanket that is designed to increase feelings of calm and well-being? Count us in. This charcoal number from Adairs features quilted blocks filled with glass beads that promote Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation (DTPS). 

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Anjee Sherpa fleece weighted blanket in pink, $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. 

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Jason weighted blanket in soft blue, $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. 

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