It may sound uncomfortable, but there are benefits of sleeping with a weighted blanket, as millions have discovered. Newborn babies typically sleep better if they are secure and snug, and a weighted blanket can provide that same feeling of reassurance, for adults as well as children and babies. Because the blanket is heavier than a normal covering, the extra pressure can be calm and reassuring and can ultimately lead to less stress and a better night’s sleep. And because this extra pressure and weight are evenly distributed across the body, the blanket can help calm the nerves, even lower blood pressure and reduce a rapid heart rate. The blanket is especially beneficial for those with an autism disorder, although anyone can safely use one. Weighted blankets are available in a variety of designs, and come in different weights sizes and materials.