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If you’ve ever thought about purchasing a weighted blanket, now may be the time to do so if you have a Sam’s Club membership.
Regularly $169.98, you can now get a 20-pound weighted anti-anxiety blanket at Sam’s Club for just $99, a $70 savings. You’ll find it in both gray and taupe, and shipping is free for Plus members. If you’re not a Plus member, shipping is around $4, and the blanket will arrive within two to six days. The deal is only good for a few more days, however, so you’ll want to hurry.
The BlanQuil brand blanket is machine washable and made of soft polyester fleece. It has an inner weighted layer of cotton and comes filled with high-density plastic poly pellets.
Many consider weighted blankets to be therapeutic because they use the power of deep touch stimulation to support the body. Made to be around 8-15 percent of your body weight, they help relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of a hug. They also reportedly increase the release of serotonin and melatonin levels, relaxation hormones, while decreasing cortisol levels, or stress hormones. All of this can help improve mood and increase restful sleep.
So, if you suffer from insomnia and anxiety, the blanket could be your best friend. Know you are not alone, though. According to the Sleep Management Institute, nearly 30 to 50 percent of people also suffer from insomnia.
Not ready to commit to a full-size, 20-pound blanket? You can get a 12-pound weighted throw at Target for $69.99 instead. This blanket consists of glass beads and polyester. It comes in gray or ivory and measures 48 inches by 72 inches.
You can also try your hand at making your own weighted blanket. If the ones in stores don’t feel like the right weight for you, you can choose how heavy to make the blanket by creating one for yourself — though you do need to know how to sew.
Have you ever tried using a weighted blanket to help you relax or sleep?