This Pillow Is an Affordable Alternative to a Weighted Blanket to Calm Your Anxiety
If you’ve ever sought out natural remedies to reduce anxiety, then you’ve probably stumbled across weighted blankets. They’re touted by loyalists as the simple cure to restless nights and reducing anxiety—and these claims are rooted in science. A 2008 study published in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health found that 63% of participants who slept with a 30-pound blanket reported lower anxiety compared to sleeping without the blanket.
Unfortunately, weighted blankets don’t just come with anxiety-reducing benefits—they also tend to come with a hefty price tag. This can be a major turn-off for experimenters eager to test out a weighted blanket without dropping hundreds of dollars, especially if they’re uncertain about the sensation that comes from sleeping under thousands of tiny weighted beads.
Luckily, you can get the same calming effects of a weighted blanket by investing in a weighted pillow, like Therapedic’s Weighted U-Neck Pillow ($25; bedbathandbeyond.com). The comfortable u-shaped pillow cradles your neck while applying the weight of 3 pounds of glass beads. Reviewers say the final effect is soothing as the additional weight not only relieves tension in the neck and shoulders, but can even fix poor posture.
If you’re less worried about staying calm and more concerned with falling asleep, this pillow still won’t disappoint. The budget-friendly find has an extra soft outer layer, made from a cotton and polyester blend, that’s luxuriously soft and perfect for snuggling. It even comes in 3 neutral shades to easily match your home decor.
To buy: $25; bedbathandbeyond.com
Designed to be worn anytime—including on flights and (more realistically) the couch—the cozy pillow is the perfect solution to tackling anxiety on the go, especially while traveling. Luckily, the pillow’s outer cover is machine-washable, so you won’t feel guilty taking it into public spaces. Plus, reviewers say it can be put into the freezer to soothe sore muscles in addition to overworked minds.
Best of all, it retails for just $25. While this might make some shoppers dubious about the calming effects, reviewers were adamant that the calming pillow is worth the investment.
This article originally appeared on Health.