It’s that time of year again. The time where we all know it’s not quite winter, but damn, is the weather preparing us for it. Oh, and daylight savings — or the lack thereof — is looming…for some states. Either way, we’re going to be indoors a lot more, and with that comes more time in bed.
And for good reason. We all know the benefits of sleep — but after the past year, stress has been taking it away from us (no surprises there). There are tips to help you get better sleep, and ways to improve it — but sometimes, it’s best to get back to the basics of it all. As in, right back into bed.
If you’re trying to figure out where we’re going here — we’re talking about bedding. More specifically, weighted blankets. As we’ve previously dived into, science actually backs up the use of them; something that has emerged significantly over the past year or so.
Essentially, they’re great at reducing anxiety and result in better sleep maintenance. In one particular study, the group that used weighted blankets throughout continued the use of them post-study, entirely of their own accord. Those who were in the control group (who didn’t get to try the blanket throughout the study) began using it after the experiment had concluded, and also saw their Insomnia Severity Index ratings improve.
In even better news? Kmart is offering a grey-weighted blanket right now — and it’ll only set you back $49. Coles has offered a weighted blanket previously, but it cost just a little more, at $79, so Kmart’s price point is a real steal.
It seems like people are already jumping on the deal — and loving it. Reviews from verified buyers seem to back up the studies, including one that said, “This blanket stops my restless legs and helps reduce my anxiety.” One customer bought it as a gift, and the recipient “uses it every day”, with the reviewer exclaiming it was the “best purchase!!”
Kmarts weighted blanket weighs seven kilograms, meaning its recommended for adults between 65-85 kgs, according to the Kmart website. Remember, a weighted blanket should be roughly 10% of your body weight.