Weighted blankets give you the same gentle pressure as one of those lead aprons they put on you at the dentist when you’re getting an X-ray — but they’re a lot more comforting since there’s no trip to an actual dentist involved. Because of their calming qualities, they can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, too. One of our favorite weighted blankets here at the Strategist is from Baloo Living; it features 100 percent cotton fabric inside and out with no polyester or synthetic liner, making it one of the more breathable weighted blankets out there. Though it’s not labeled as a “cooling” weighted blanket, former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson said she felt “cooler sleeping under the Baloo than most of the other blankets” she has tried, thanks to the cotton material. It also has a thin profile and is filled with glass microbeads, both of which promote airflow and further contribute to the comfort factor, making this blanket a great option for all seasons. (Plus, it’s machine washable.) And now through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, Baloo Living is running a special 30 percent-off sale exclusively for Strategist readers on the 12-pound blanket, bringing the price down from $179 to $125. The throw-size weighted blanket measures 42 by 72 inches and is perfect for the couch but will work on a twin-size bed, too.
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