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Sleep Accessories For Your Best Sleep Yet

Explore expert-verified products to upgrade your sleep environment, from weighted blankets to sound machines.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

If you need help falling asleep or relaxing your anxious mind, a weighted blanket could help. Research shows that sleeping with a weighted blanket helps some people get a calmer night’s sleep and limit tossing and turning.

Weighted blankets can range from 5 to 30 pounds. Being wrapped in one mimics deep pressure stimulation, a therapeutic technique that relaxes the nervous system through pressure. Think of the comfort felt while being held or hugged. Deep pressure therapy may help lower stress and reduce anxiety to promote better sleep.

  • Find the right weight. The general rule of thumb when choosing the best weighted blanket for you is to look for something that’s around 10 percent of your body weight plus 1 to 2 pounds. If you feel trapped or unable to move under your blanket, consider going lighter. Note that anything lighter than 10 percent of your body weight may not give you the same results.

  • Consider your height. Some weighted blankets come in different dimensions and sizes to accommodate your uses and bed size. Consider a throw or twin size if you’re looking for a weighted blanket to use on the couch. If you sleep in a queen or king bed, size up accordingly.

  • Choose your favorite material for look and feel. Do you prefer the warm coziness of sherpa or a hand-knit look? Maybe you’re a hot sleeper that needs a blanket that comes with multiple cover options, so you can feel weighted comfort without overheating.

  • Read customer reviews. Get an understanding of real-life experiences, especially from people with similar sleeping needs and styles. You can also gauge brand reputation and customer service.

Care instructions may vary based on the weighted blanket you choose. Some weighted blankets come with a removable cover that can be machine-washed and dried. Others may be machine-washable (on a cold and gentle setting) and air-dried. For detailed instructions, read the tag on your blanket carefully.

How often you wash your weighted blanket comes down to your use. If you sleep with it every night, consider washing or spot cleaning it every few weeks. Note that, like with every other type of blanket, frequent washing may affect how it feels and holds up over time.

To wash your mattress topper without damaging it, read the care instructions on the topper’s label. How to clean a mattress topper can vary depending on its material.

If your topper starts to smell or has stains, there are treatments you can try:

  • Use your vacuum: Using a soft brush attachment, vacuum dust particles and grime on both sides.

  • Spot clean. Using a clean cloth with an equal parts solution of water and laundry detergent, and wash the spots that have accumulated on your topper. Then blot the areas dry with another clean cloth.

  • Try baking soda. You can also sprinkle baking soda on your mattress topper and leave it for a few hours or overnight. This can deodorize your mattress topper if stubborn odors cling to it. After you let it sit, vacuum all the baking soda until none remains.

To help keep your mattress topper clean, use a protective cover.

Setting a relaxing and restful sleep environment can be key to getting good rest. Here are a few tips to creating a healthier bedroom:

  1. Set up warm and diffused lighting. Light can play a role in your body’s melatonin production (the hormone responsible for regulating your sleep patterns). Bright, white light in your bedroom can suppress melatonin, increase your body’s alertness, and throw off your internal clock. Consider installing warm tone and dimmable lights in your bedroom for ambient lighting.

  2. Say no to screen time. Train your body to think of your bed as a place for sleep — not TV marathons or social media scrolling. Like bright lights, using your phone at night can negatively impact your sleep patterns.

  3. Invest in a sound machine. Research shows that ambient noise helps some people fall asleep faster. If you live in a busy area, white noise machines could help you drown out unwanted disruptions.

  4. Keep it cool and calm. Studies show that a cooler sleep environment can help you get better sleep. Find the temperature that works for you, but we recommend setting your thermostat between 60 to 67°F (16 to 19°C). Also, create a feeling of calm in your room by adding relaxing touches, like plants, comforting blankets, and natural scents from essential oils.

  5. Wash your sheets regularly. Tossing your sheets into the washer tends to help prevent dust mites that can trigger allergies. Make sure to wash your sheets in hot water and stay away from detergents with artificial or overwhelming scents.