Do Weighted Blankets Really Help People With Anxiety Sleep Better?

Find out if they'll actually help you catch some zzzs.

The Claim: If anxiety is keeping you up at night, a blanket with weights sewn into it might get you to dreamland faster.

Oz Says: I think they're worth a try. When scientists found that these blankets could help calm people with anxiety, ADHD, and autism, they wondered if everyday restless sleepers could benefit too. The results of a small study done with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst suggest yes: "The blankets helped about 75 percent of the people we studied fall and stay asleep," says study author Tina Champagne. Users describe them as being "like a big hug."

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Your choices are endless — the blankets come in lots of fabrics and weights (usually 10 to 30 pounds). Most run $110 to $140.

The Verdict: Try It

This story originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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