If you have family members who struggle with anxiety, then you're probably well aware that, depending on what triggers them, it can feel particularly challenging during the evenings. There are a number of ways we can all work to reduce our anxiety, and in addition to behavioral changes, things like weighted blankets have been shown to help. For starters, they can reduce stress, increase levels of oxytocin in the brain, and even help people with sensory processing disorders feel more relaxed.
And while we all want the family to get the best night's sleep, the weighted blankets on the market have been a little pricey. Now, Target is selling a more affordable version — the Tranquility Weighted Blanket ($70) — and we're definitely going to need one.
The Tranquility Weighted Blanket comes in two weights (12 or 18 pounds) and two colors (gray and ivory). While this product can be used by anyone in the family, it's important to ensure the weight is appropriate if you're going to use it for your older kids (experts suggest the blankets should roughly weigh about 10 percent of your bodyweight). Scroll through to get a look at this life-changing product.