This new weighted blanket claims to help with anxiety, insomnia and OCD….
This new weighted blanket claims to help with anxiety, insomnia and OCD.
Aldi is bringing back its popular weighted blankets which previously sold out in minutes when they hit shelves last year.
The $69.99 product – which is the supermarket’s lowest price yet for the blanket, which can cost upwards of $299 – will appear in stores as part of its Special Buys sale on August 4.
The blanket comes in a new design too, a ruched faux fur style that’s different to the quilt style on offer in previous Special Buys.
Other items Aldi is selling on the day include a mattress in a box starting from $149 and 1000-thread fitted sheet sets that cost between $79.99 and $89.99.
Weighted blankets have become a popular feature of Aldi Special Buys sales since early 2020, with the supermarket among the first to bring out a budget version of the popular sleep tool.
Aldi reduced the price of its weighted blankets to $69.99 in a January Special Buys sale after previously selling the product for $89.99.
Aldi’s weighted blankets have previously sold out “really quickly”, with those keen to get their hands on one warned by other shoppers that they “will last five minutes”.
Brand name weighted blankets usually cost hundreds of dollars, with Calming Blankets’ version costing $299 and Neptune Blanket selling one for $249.
Since Aldi first brought out their budget weighted blanket other retailers like Coles, Big W and Spotlight also sell versions of the product for under $100.
Currently Kmart has the cheapest weighted blanket on the market with theirs costing just $49.99.
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What is a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are filled with small objects like pellets, discs or beads of polypropylene plastic or glass.
The weighted surface acts like a “hug” to promote relaxation and help users drift off to sleep faster.
While plenty of people claim the product is a sleep “cure” and has helped them get shut eye, experts say concrete evidence that weighted blankets work is “unfortunately lacking”.
“There are no reputable scientific studies to back up the claims, said Dr Cristina Cusin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“A randomised clinical trial to test the blankets would be very difficult. A blind comparison is impossible because people can automatically tell if the blanket is heavy or not.”