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People Swear By Weighted Blankets For Fixing Sleep And Stress Problems

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When it comes to dealing with anxiety and stress, it can often feel like you're completely alone in the world.

No matter how much you try to calm yourself down, it's hard to express what you're feeling to anyone, and instead you'd rather just be held tight in a cozy embrace.

Something about the strength around you and the calming external reminders that there is more than what's going on in your head helps your heart rate slow back down and your mind to relax.

The problem is, it's not like there is someone who can follow us around all the time, hugging us until we are calm. But lately, a new trend in self-care has taken over and it's perhaps the best invention ever.

They are called weighted blankets and they've been proven to be very effective to help manage anxiety.

It actually has two main benefits. First, it helps keep people from tossing and turning at night, letting you get the rest they need, and second, people who have used them claim it makes them feel calmer and less anxious because it does actually feel like a big hug.

The general rule for weighted blankets is to get one that is about 10% of your body weight, but the only downside is that they can be expensive. But luckily, this Black Friday, there are a few deals to help you take advantage of this stress-reducing technique.

Target is selling a 12 lb weighted blanket this Black Friday for only $50, a savings of $19.99, as a doorbuster on November 22nd and 23rd.

And Khol's is selling a 12 lb blanket that usually retails for $139.99 for only $59.99! This deal is also only valid on November 22nd and 23rd.

But if you're looking to avoid the stores this Black Friday, your best bet is going to be Amazon.

They've got a bunch of affordable options that even come in different sizes and weights so you can pick the one that is perfect for you.

The ZonLi Weighted Blanket, ranges in price based on what size you want and how heavy you want it. The prices range from $60 - $120, but there are so many color options and weight choices that it's definitely worth it. You can check it all out here.

That's not the only affordable option either. Amazon has a couple other ones that are a great deal. The Amy Garden Weighted Blanket also has a bunch of weight and color choices, ranging in price from $69 - $105. You can find all the color choices and sizes here.

The Pine & River Weighted Blanket is one of the more affordable options, starting at only $49.99 and going up to $69.99. It's great for kids because of its light weight, and is a good way to test out if it works for you. Get one here.

The YnM Weighted Blanket ranges in price from $63.90 to $159, and has the option to purchase an additional cover to go on it. Get it here.

There are hundreds of options to choose from, but if you are someone who deals with anxiety, restless nights, and stress, this is the perfect item for you.

It also makes an amazing Christmas gift so maybe pick one up for your loved ones! The only thing to be careful of is those with sleep apnea or the tendency to snore, as weight on their chests may make it worse.

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Have you ever thought about getting a weighted blanket?

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com