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Gravity Blankets Cooling Queen / King
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It seems like everybody these days is extolling the virtues of weighted blankets. So-called weighted blankets, which are heavy throws filled with glass pellets or other materials so they typically weigh from 5-to-35 pounds, may help you sleep better, and even feel less stressed. So how do these magical—and heavily buzzed-about—blankets work? In short, the weight from the blankets are similar to a therapeutic technique known as deep pressure stimulation, used in massage, that can help relieve anxiety and pain. Anecdotally, these luxurious blankets make you feel cradled in a luxurious, calming hug, every time you lie down in bed.

But how's a newbie to choose? With many weighted blankets on the market, it can be hard to narrow things down. These two highly-rated weighted blankets deliver, and prove ideal for Southern households. First, check out the 35-pound, 90" x 90" Gravity Cooling Queen Blanket for $269, available exclusively on and at select Kohl's locations, as part of the Curated by Kohl's Spring collection. If you don't like sleeping with an "extra blanket," this comforter-sized blanket is ideal for you, and is also made from a moisture-wicking fabric, perfect for those residing in warmer climates or hot sleepers. Pictured above, this weighted blanket also manages to be incredibly stylish and is available in a variety of colors.

Brooklyn Bedding Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket - Full Lifestyle
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For those who want something smaller and lighter, or are simply looking for something more affordable, our vote is the 60” x 80” Brooklyn Bedding's Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket ($139 for a 15-pound blanket; $149 for a 20-pound blanket). The "dual therapy" refers to the multi-functional, reversible removable duvet cover. One side is warming, while the other side has cooling fabric—in our opinion, the winning side for 99% of Southerners. Both sides deliver calming, deep touch pressure to usher you into dreamland like never before.

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Have you tried a weighted blanket before? If not, are you curious to try one for yourself? If we had a dollar for every friend who has hailed the magical powers of their new weighted blanket since the holiday season, we'd probably be able to buy both of these.