Health Tip of the Week, Sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Should you try the new weighted blanket trend?

    Weighted blankets have been mostly used to help ease anxiety or sensory disorders in children.  Recently, companies have heavily marketed them for anyone who could use a good night of sleep.

    Should you try one? If you have sleep apnea, no.  Anything placed on your chest could disrupt your breathing.  Children under 3 should also avoid them. But for everyone else, there’s no harm in trying. Many people report sleeping better and feeling more relaxed when they wake up.  The downside is the cost — between $50-$200.  Blanket manufacturers recommend a blanket that’s about 10% of your body weight.  So, if you weigh 150 pounds, try a 12-15 pound blanket.

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