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There’s a lot of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, which may mean you’re struggling to calm your mind - particularly at night.
From yoga to meditation and exercise, are a number of expert-approved methods you can try to help reduce your stress levels and sleep more soundly. Another option’s a weighted blanket.
Research, carried out by Scientists from the University of Massachusetts, has found a weighted blanket might not only help you sleep, but there are reports to show a decrease in anxiety levels, too.
Dr Diana Gall, from Doctor4U, previously told Yahoo UK: “Scientific research is still ongoing on the effectiveness of weighted blankets for anxiety but it’s thought these blankets can reduce cortisol levels which is a stress hormone.”
One of the top-rated blankets out there is stocked at John Lewis & Partners. The £60 blanket, which sold out after it first launched in September 2019, is back in stock.
Buy it: Specialist Synthetic Weighted Blanket | £60 from John Lewis & Partners
The weighted blanket is available to buy in six different weights, from 2.5kg up to 11.5kg, all of which vary in price depending on how heavy you want your blanket.
The longstanding British retailer recommends customers buy a weighted blanket that is around 10% of their body weight for optimum comfort, although they advise against children under three years old from using it.
The design boasts a 100% cotton cover, which is filled with glass beads and polyester inside, as well as a thread count of 200, and interlocking along the hem for extra durability.
Customers can’t get enough of the item, which has been hailed as “good” value for money and “very effective”.
One review read: “Having been toying with purchasing this for a while I finally took the plunge and purchased at the weekend. I’m so pleased I did!
“I’ve had a couple of brilliant nights sleep and I’ve just got home from a long hard day at work and pulled the blanket over me - I’m feeling instantly relaxed! I would definitely recommend.”