Can’t quiet your mind at bedtime? You’re not alone.
Experts estimate 164 million Americans experience insomnia at least once a week. Before you reach for a sleeping pill, consider a radical alternative: a weighted blanket. The weight signals the brain that you are safe and comforted, and Duke University researchers report this effect significantly increases production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. For the best effect, try a blanket that’s 10% of your body weight (or 15 pounds for a 150-pound woman).