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I Fall Asleep So Much Fast and Sleep So Much Better After Using Zonli's Weighted blanket

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  • No one should have to suffer through sleepless nights.
  • If you're a light or anxious sleeper who wants to find an alternative to sleep medication, the weighted blanket is worth a shot. It worked for me.
  • I purchased the highly rated ZonLi weighted blanket on Amazon last December. It's well-priced and comes in a variation of sizes and weights.
  • Right away I noticed a huge change in the quality of my sleep. 
  • See also: The best weighted blankets

If you're a light sleeper, have trouble dozing off, or just generally like the "safe" feeling of being under heavy covers, a weighted blanket may change your sleep for the better. It did for me.

I first heard about weighted blankets in an episode of "Parenthood" where one character gifts one to her autistic younger brother. She introduces the blanket to Max and tells him she's heard that weighted blankets can be helpful for people who find themselves easily distressed or anxious, providing a deep pressure touch stimulation that will help the user feel a little calmer.

While I do not have autism, I do suffer from anxiety that seems to make itself known as I am trying to drift off to sleep. It's not unusual for me to wake up two or three times a night for 20-25 minutes at a time. I used to rely on melatonin tablets, but they would sometimes work too well, causing me to oversleep or be so groggy I was incapable of working productively in the morning. Melatonin also tended to give me nightmares, which brings on a whole different kind of anxiety. I needed another solution.

After a little bit of Googling, I found the highly rated ZonLi weighted blanket on Amazon.

It comes in a variation of sizes and weights, and since my partner wasn't interested in sleeping under one with me, I went with a $98 twin size version weighing 17lbs (the other options are 15lbs and 20lbs). While the company recommends choosing a blanket weight equal to 13% of your body weight, I just picked the one I wanted and so far, so good. Each model is made of 100% breathable natural cotton, and pockets are filled with hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, odorless glass beads.

Right away I noticed a huge change in the quality of my sleep. 

Each night I get into bed as usual and drape the blanket over the duvet cover and over my body, from my toes to my shoulders. I was falling asleep faster with less tossing and turning to get comfortable and relaxed. I was staying asleep through the night, and I haven't taken any melatonin since making the purchase. Since I don't bring it with me when I travel (kind of heavy), I am more aware of the difficulties I have trying to get to sleep and stay asleep without the help of the blanket.

If you're a light or anxious sleeper who wants to find an alternative to sleep medication, the weighted blanket is worth a shot.

This article was originally published on 6/19/2018.