Most women would agree that the best bra is no bra, but some people believe that wearing a bra while sleeping can prevent your breasts from sagging as you age. Although there is no real science to prove this, there may be times when you need to wear a bra for bed, or you just prefer to.

Of course, the best bra for sleeping would be as comfortable as possible— no wires, no padding, no clasps, and loose fitting, while also providing shape and coverage. Because of this, most sleep bras are similar to maternity/nursing bras or sports bras without all of the compression.

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Sleep Bras— Key Considerations

Why Wear One: There’s good reason for why women prefer to sleep braless: that’s what’s most comfortable. So why wear one? There are a few different reasons: you simply prefer to, you are trying to prevent breast sagging, you have recently had surgery, or you are in a situation where there will be other people around when you’re sleeping.  

Some women, especially those with larger busts, find that sleeping without a bra is uncomfortable because their breasts can get in the way of certain sleeping positions, which could even be painful, so they prefer to wear a bra to bed. Other women believe that wearing a bra at all times can combat the natural aging, and subsequent sagging, of their breasts (more on that later). There is another group of women that need to wear a bra to sleep because it aids in their recovery from surgery, whether it was a breast reduction surgery, a breast enlargement surgery, a single or double mastectomy, or a reconstruction surgery.

The last group of women who seek sleep bras are those that need to be somewhat modest while lounging or sleeping. There are several situations where this could be the case. For instance, you may have overnight guests that you don’t want to expose yourself to, or maybe you are taking a trip where you will be sharing a hotel room with other people.

Chest Size: Chest size is usually the first factor that comes to mind when looking to purchase a bra. Women know that certain bras just don’t work with certain chest sizes; for example, big-chested ladies cannot wear bras with straps that are unable hold the weight of their breasts because they will have back pain, and small-chested ladies could have trouble finding a bra that has small cups and a strap that isn’t too tight around their ribs. But since sleep bras are intended to be less supportive and less about looks than everyday bras, they can be adapted to any body.

Sleep bras typically have a simple, modest design, which allows them to keep any size breasts in their rightful place. Even though sleep bras all seem to be very similar to each other, there are variations that address the differences in bust size. Usually sleep bras for large chests have strong, wide bands, lots of stretch in the cups and bottom band, and possibly some clasps that can make it easy to get on and off. Sleep bras for smaller chests don’t need much support, and probably don’t have clasps, but they should still be very stretchy to maintain comfort.  

Keep in mind that many sleep bras are labeled as sports bras, and they tend to run small because the compression gives more support during periods of activity. But if you are using the bra for lounging or sleeping, it is best to size up to ensure that the bra is not too tight when you are trying to relax. Similarly, sleep bras, whether they are labeled as sports bras or nursing bras, are prone to shrinking. This provides another reason for why you may want to size up when you are purchasing a bra you will use for sleep.

Comfort: Just because you can wear regular bras to sleep and lounge, doesn’t mean they will be comfortable, and if you’re looking for a sleep bra, comfort is the number one priority. There are several features of a bra that can determine how comfortable it is, including fabric type, clasps, how it goes on and comes off, underwires, and bands/straps.

Although sleep bras don’t vary as much as regular bras, there are differences between them that could be more or less comfortable to you. First, many sleep bras are made from cotton, spandex, nylon, or polyester, and could have satin-like trim. Some of these fabrics may be more comfortable to sleep in than others, especially cotton, which is usually the softest. 

Next is the bra’s closure. A large amount of the sleep bras available have no clasps because clasps are known to dig into the body, no matter where they are located, which obviously goes against the comfort of the bra. However, there are some clasps that are placed in just the right spot or are padded well enough that they do not cause discomfort, which is why they are included in some sleep bras. In addition, clasps are directly related to how the bra goes on and comes off. Usually, clasps make it much easier to put the bra on and take it off, whereas putting on a pull-over bra can turn into a wrestling match. Instead, some women step into a bra without clasps and pull it up to their chest.

Similarly, almost no sleep bras have underwires. Although underwires are common in regular bras, they are very uncomfortable for sleeping and lounging for the same reasons clasps are. Underwires are known to poke you in the sides or the center of your chest, and can even come through the fabric, which could be dangerous. All of this proves that their place is not in sleep bras.  

Lastly, the bottom band and shoulder straps of the sleep bra can make a big impact on comfortability. The goal is to find a bottom band that fits the circumference of your upper abdomen in a way that’s not too tight that you can’t breathe but not too loose that you lose some of the support and shape of the bra either. In the same way, the shoulder straps should be able to support the weight of your breasts without digging in to your shoulders and causing pain and discomfort.

What Are the Top Seven Sleep Bras?

Here is a summary of the top seven sleep bras, each offering a unique combination of desirable features. All of these products are highly rated, and sleep tested.

Hanes Women’s Cozy Seamless Wire-Free Bra

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The Hanes Women’s Cozy Seamless Wire-Free Bra resembles a sports bra and is constructed with 4-way stretch fabric for ultimate comfort. This pullover bra has no wires and no clasps but provides some shape with full-coverage cups. The wide bottom band and straps add more comfort and with just enough support. This sleep bra is made from nylon and spandex, and it comes in 29 colors and sizes from small to 3X.

Pros:

  • “Barely there” feeling
  • Great quality for the price
  • Stretchy cups
  • Perfect for lounging/sleeping

Cons:

  • Not enough support for daytime wear
  • Best if hand washed

Fruit of the Loom Women’s Cotton Pullover Sport Bra

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The Fruit of the Loom Cotton Pullover Sport Bra has a simple design that mirrors the top half of a spaghetti strap tank top. It is made with cotton lycra and spandex, and has no clasps, wires, or tags. This bra comes in packs of three with a wide variety of color combinations and in sizes 32 through 44. Plus, each pack comes with one set of optional pads.

Pros:

  • Great quality for the price
  • Comfortable for lounging/sleeping

Cons:

  • Prone to shrinking
  • May run small

Carole Martin Full-Freedom Front Closure Wireless Comfort Bra

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The Carole Martin Full-Freedom bra is constructed with a stretchy nylon and spandex blend with no wires. This bra has a front hook-and-eye closure for easy entry and exit without adding discomfort. It also has extra wide straps that won’t dig into your shoulders. The Full-Freedom Comfort Bra is available in 5 colors and sizes 34 through 48.

Pros:

  • Easy to get on and off
  • Stretchy cups
  • Comfortable for lounging/sleeping

Cons:

  • Prone to shrinking
  • May run small

Hanes Women’s Comfort Evolution Bra

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The Hanes Women’s Comfort Evolution Bra is a wire-free bra with a sweetheart neckline. This bra has a sleek, seamless design with satin trim. It has a hook-and-eye back closure with fuller cups for appropriate coverage. The Comfort Evolution Bra is constructed with 4-way stretch fabric made from polyester and spandex. Finally, it is available in 16 colors and sizes from small to 3X, plus there is the option of purchasing a two pack.

Pros:

  • Soft and comfortable
  • Keeps everything in place while sleeping
  • Straps won’t dig in

Cons:

  • Not enough support for daytime wear
  • Not breathable

Fruit of the Loom Women’s Built-Up Sports Bra

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The Fruit of the Loom Built-Up Sports Bra is made from two-ply cotton lycra spandex and provides more support than the rest of the bras on this list. There are no clasps and no wires, and it has a smooth, seamless appearance. This bra comes in packs of three with your choice of 17 different color combinations and sizes 34 through 50.

Pros:

  • Comfortable for lounging/sleeping
  • Fabric is soft
  • Great quality for the price

Cons:

  • Prone to shrinking
  • Not enough support for large breasts

Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra

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The Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra is the recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award, and it is built with soft French Terry, rayon of bamboo, and spandex. There are no wires and no clasps, and since it is normally meant for breastfeeding, the cups adapt to changing breast sizes. The design of this bra includes a supportive bottom band and pull-aside front flaps. Even though this bra is meant for nursing, the design and features make for a comfortable sleep bra. It is available in 11 colors and sizes extra small through 2X.

Pros:

  • Extremely soft and comfortable
  • Stretchy and adaptable
  • Enough support for large breasts

Cons:

  • Not enough support for daytime wear

Hanes Women’s Comfort-Blend Flex Fit Pullover Bra

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The Hanes Comfort-Blend Flex Fit Pullover Bra resembles the design of a racerback sports bra with no wires and no clasps. It is made with 4-way stretch fabric, which includes cotton, polyester, and spandex. This two-ply bra provides minimal support due to the cinched front design. Lastly, it is available in packs of 2 with 22 different color combination options and sizes small through 3X.

Pros:

  • Enough support for large breasts
  • Great quality for the price
  • Comfortable for lounging/sleeping

Cons:

  • Not enough support for daytime wear
  • May be difficult to get on

The Science Behind Sleep Bras

As mentioned earlier, some women believe that wearing a bra while sleeping can maintain the youthful look of your breasts and prevent the natural sagging that comes with aging. This idea has been popularized by our society, but in the distant past, women believed the opposite: sleeping with a bra would make the sagging worse as you age. So, it begs the question, which of these theories is true, if any of them?

The answer to that question isn’t so simple. All breasts will sag as aging occurs; it’s inevitable because the tissue that holds breasts in place gradually loses its strength and elasticity over the course of a woman’s life. Plus, there are many factors that contribute to breast sagging, including pregnancy and nursing, family history, smoking, weight loss/gain, and activity level, all of which can add up to more sagging than a bra can prevent. In addition, sagging only occurs as a result of gravity pulling breasts downward, so when you are lying down asleep, no gravity is pulling on your breasts, so a bra is almost redundant.

One last point is that a bra that is too tight can be harmful. Because the chest area contains important pieces of our anatomy, a bra that is too tight could restrict blood supply and even hinder the function of the lymphatic system, which could become less effective in clearing toxins from the body. All of this proves that bras, specifically when worn while sleeping, do not prevent sagging and have no real medical benefit. But, sleep bras are still useful for the other reasons listed above, and when they fit correctly.

Sleep Bras— Final Thoughts

When you are searching for a sleep bra, comfort is key, and part of comfort is finding a bra that has the right fit, support, and coverage. Although many sleep bras are categorized as sports bras or nursing bras, any bra that provides the comfort and function you are looking for is the perfect sleep bra for you.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.


Realistically, a fan is just plastic blades that move air around. But, this simple machine can help with relaxation and comfort, which, in turn, improves sleep.

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Generally, people use fans while sleeping for two reasons: to cool them down and/or for the white noise that they provide. Both of these reasons are a matter of personal preference and your sleeping situation.

Fans for Sleeping —Key Considerations

Noise: Although it would seem that people sleep best in quiet environments, studies have shown that white, background noise can help people sleep because it allows our brain to turn off. White noise prevents us from overthinking and hearing every little noise that can interrupt sleep. Basically, the consistent background noise that fans provide can mask other sounds and thoughts, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.

However, not all fans sound the same. Oftentimes, you will find fans that are virtually noiseless, while others can make as much noise as all of your home’s appliances combined. Whether you prefer either of these or you are somewhere in the middle, there are fans available that have what you are looking for.

Temperature: A large part of being comfortable at night is temperature, and most people find it difficult to sleep comfortably if they are too warm. Sleep experts have determined that the optimal sleeping temperature is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit, which is significantly cooler than the average room temperature. Then, factor in sheets, blankets, PJs, and heat from other bodies, and it is no mystery why fans become necessary for comfortable sleeping.

Ironically, fans make air hotter due to the mechanisms and electricity needed to make the blades turn. Fans only work because our bodies start sweating when they are overheated, so the air hits our damp skin, giving the perception that the air feels cool. But, this doesn’t matter. If the fan is helping you, even just mentally, there is no reason not to use one for sleep.

So, although you probably won’t find a fan that can cool your bedroom from 74 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it can provide the cool breeze that you need to feel comfortable. Keep in mind that your preferences may change with the seasons, so look for a fan with high, medium, and low settings to address this.

Fan Type: There are four main types of fans—tower, desk, pedestal, and box— and they are generally named for their shape. Tower fans are usually about 3 to 4 feet tall and have a narrow cylindrical shape; desk fans are circular and small with a stand meant to be placed on a surface that isn’t the floor; pedestal fans are shaped like a lollipop with a circular-shaped fan at the top of a stand that can be about 3 to 4 feet tall; box fans are square, have no stand, and can be placed on the floor or on a surface.

Recently, techy “bladeless” fans have been introduced to the market, but the traditional styles are still more popular and reliable. Additionally, there are between-the-sheets fans that vary in design, but each one is meant to be placed under sheets and blankets for a more direct cooling experience.

The biggest differences between the fan types are how much air they move and where they are meant to be used. Generally speaking, tower and box fans are more powerful and push more air than desk and pedestal fans, and each fan varies in their stand and size, which determines where they should be placed.

However, the type of sleep fan you need can also come down to the other features the fan has. Do you need a sleep fan that oscillates? Would it be helpful for the fan to have a remote or timer? Should your sleep fan be controlled by an app? Should it have multiple speeds? Each of these features should help contribute to the ultimate goal, which is restful, uninterrupted, comfortable sleep.

Fan Location: Where the fan will be positioned can help you decide on the right sleep fan for you. Fortunately, the different types of fans vary in their shapes and sizes, so they have almost all spaces covered, but there are a few more points to think about. Consider the space in your bedroom in terms of how close you want the fan to be to you, how big the fan is, if the fan needs space to oscillate, if anything will block the airflow, and if the fan will go on the floor or on a surface.

Some of these points are a matter of preference, while other are simply about working with the space you’ve got. For example, certain individuals want to fan to be blowing air directly on them while they sleep, while others are more concerned about the noise, so the location is less important. Plus, if you are working with limited space, there is always the option of hanging your fan from a wall or the ceiling or choosing a small fan that fits your needs. Once you have determined where the fan will go, it is easy to see which type of sleep fan will fit that location.

What Are the Top Five Fans for Sleeping?

Here is a summary of the top five fans for sleeping, each offering a unique combination of desirable features. All of these products are highly rated, and sleep tested.

Lasko 20″ Wind Machine 3

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The Lasko Wind Machine 3 is rugged and high-quality, and it can be described as a cross between a desk fan and a box fan. The circular-shaped fan measures 20 inches across and features a large, safe carrying handle.

This fan pivots on its stand, allowing for the perfect angle of air flow at all 3 of its speed settings.

The Wind Machine 3 is also equipped with The Blue Plug, which is a safety feature on all Lasko fans that cuts off the electric current to the fan if the fuse detects any kind of electric fault. The fan weighs just over 9 pounds and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Powerful airflow
  • Portable
  • Fingers won’t easily get caught in blades

Cons:

  • May have a smell at first
  • Powerful air movement may be too loud

Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator Fan

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The Honeywell TurboForce Air Circulator is a personal desk fan that can be used on a surface or mounted to a wall. It is lightweight at just over 2.5 pounds, and it is available in 11 inch or 15-inch sizes.

This fan is energy efficient and features an aerodynamic design, which is how it can move lots of air in such a small frame.

When resting on its stand, the fan head pivots, allowing you to adjust the angle of the airflow.

It has 3 speed settings, which can move air up to 32 feet, plus it is quieter than previous models and has a removable grill for easy cleaning. Finally, Honeywell offers a one-year limited warranty with the purchase of this fan.

Pros:

  • Great value for the price
  • Works as a window-mounted fan also
  • Portable
  • Powerful for its size
  • Subtle white noise

Cons:

  • May not be best for white noise—fan is virtually silent

Lasko Wind Curve Tower Fan

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The Lasko Wind Curve is a tower-style fan that is 42.5 inches tall, has 3 speed settings, and optional oscillation. The stylish and sleek design makes it easy to fit into small spaces, plus it comes in 3 sophisticated designs that allow it to blend in with surrounding décor. It also controls the air quality in the room with its Fresh Air Ionizer feature, which reduces static electricity and traps pollutants in the air. This fan is convenient to use with its remote control, carrying handle, and 7.5 hour auto shut-off timer. Lasko also offers a one-year limited warranty with the purchase of this product.

Pros:

  • Height of fan is appropriate for height of bed
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Powerful air movement may be too loud
  • Difficult to clean

Holmes 12-Inch Blizzard Power Fan

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The Holmes Blizzard Power Fan is a hybrid box/desk fan and has several special features, including a rotating grill that multiplies airflow. It also comes equipped with a remote control, 3 speed settings, hidden cord storage, an 8-hour timer, and 2 special sleep/breeze settings. This fan weights just over 5.5 pounds, has a 12-inch blade diameter, and an oversized carrying handle. Holmes offers a three-year limited warranty with the purchase of this fan.

Pros:

  • Grill can be removed for cleaning
  • Powerful for its size
  • Customizable with all of its settings

Cons:

  • Powerful air movement may be too loud
  • Small LED lights could be a nuisance in the dark

Lasko Adjustable Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan

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This powerful pedestal fan can cool large spaces with its 90-degree widespread oscillation option and tilting head.

The fan head measures 18 inches, and it sits on an adjustable stand that can be anywhere between 38 and 54.5 inches tall.

This energy efficient fan has 3 speeds, each producing a soft humming noise.

Like other Lasko fans, the Elegance and Performance Pedestal Fan has The Blue Plug safety feature, which cuts off electricity to the fan if it detects any kind of electrical shortage.

This fan is available in white or black, and you can choose the option of having a remote control. Lasko offers a one-year limited warranty with the purchase of this fan.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Powerful airflow
  • Height of fan is appropriate for height of bed
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Base/stand may not be stable

What Else Should You Consider When Using and Purchasing Fans for Sleeping?

As is the case when buying any product, there are a large variety of sleep fans on the market, and sometimes it can be difficult to weigh all of the different options and features.

The recommended sleep fans listed above represent a large range of options, but there are a few other ideas to consider, such as how easy the fan is to clean, how energy efficient it is, its durability, its price, its portability, and of course, any disadvantages to using a fan for sleeping.

Every home has dust, and depending on the other inhabitants of the home, it could also have hair and pet dander.

This is why being able to clean the fan thoroughly, inside and out, can make a big impact on the quality of the air your fan blows around your home.

A dirty fan is especially harmful to people who suffer from allergies or asthma because the flow of air can activate the allergens and irritants.

Similarly, fans can cause sinus irritation even for people who don’t suffer from allergies or asthma.

A fan blows dry air, which can irritate your airways creating mucus, blockage, and pressure, as if you caught a never-ending cold.

Luckily there are solutions to this: buying a fan that is easy to clean or using a humidifier with the fan.

Equally important is the fan’s energy efficiency. Since your sleep fan could be running for hours at a time every single day, it is a good idea to find a fan that won’t make your electric bill go up.

Many of the fans available are already built to be energy efficient, but you may want to consider running your fan on a lower setting to save even more energy.

As a side note—this also impacts your fan’s white noise; generally, a higher speed setting creates more noise, but that is a matter of your personal preference.

Lastly, think about how long you expect your fan to last. This will help you determine how much you want to spend, as well as what you can expect for the amount you pay.

Usually, the more you pay, the more durable your fan will be and the longer your fan should last.

But since sleep fans aren’t often moved from their spot in your bedroom (unless you’re also looking for a fan you can travel with), they should remain stable.

It is up to you to decide how much you are willing to invest in a fan, and what your expectations of it are.

Fans for Sleeping —Final Thoughts

Even though sleep fans are just simple machines, the impact they can have on your much-needed rest should not be understated because they address some basic prerequisites of the ideal sleep: comfort and temperature.

Although sleep fans may have a few disadvantages, most people agree that the perfect one can make all the difference.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.

So you bought yourself an Apple Watch to keep track of your health, congratulations! Now, you just need to find the right app to record your sleeping patterns because as we all know, sleep is just important as your diet and exercise habits. Prior to the Apple Watch, there haven’t been very many convenient, easy to use devices on the market that track a person’s REM cycles or whether or not they slept soundly, or tossed and turned all night. Some apps provide an analysis of the evening for people who snore loudly.

Always start with a free tracker and avoid the ones that require purchases right off the bat. At the very least, use the trial period to decide if you like it first; you can figure out what you do and don’t want in your app before you end up wasting money on something that didn’t work out in the long run.

Best Sleep App for Apple Watch – Our Top Picks!

Auto Sleep Tracker for Apple Watch

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When looking for a sleep app, you’ll want something that gives you a variety of different information. The Auto Sleep Tracker is both inexpensive and detailed in just about every aspect of your sleep. It starts tracking your rest as soon as you go to bed, and if you don’t want to wear it while you sleep you can always set it to track on your nightstand as it charges. For those who want a more accurate reading, you’ll be pleased to know that this tracker records your restlessness, your resting heart rate, time slept, and a full report on your overall activity throughout the night. The Auto Sleep Tracker is an excellent tool for anyone who works nights or travels across country for their job and constantly find themselves in a different time zone.

Pros:

  • Sleep tracking is automatic, no buttons needed
  • Includes heart rate tracking
  • Battery lasts for a full day without needed to be charged when using this app

Cons:

  • Doesn’t provide alarms or wake up notifications

This app is available in English, German, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, and Portugese. There aren’t very many cons for this app because the company frequently updates and corrects any problems or glitches that arise. You can use it long term and never have to spend another dime on sleep trackers or sleep watches ever again. Get a quality 8 hours with the Auto Sleep Tracker for Apple Watch, it’s perfect for anyone who is serious about setting goals for new sleep habits.

Sleep++ for Apple Watch

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If you want an app with simple, easy to read results, try the Sleep++ for a detailed outlook on how the entire night went. The simplistic design offers a series of blue meters that make it easy to view your sleep progress. There’s no complicated set of instructions to follow, just turn your Sleep++ tracker on before you hit the sheets and let the app do the rest for you. Some sleep apps seem to have quite a few issues regarding stop and start times of your sleep, however this one remains accurate and reliable no matter how much you toss and turn. While you do have to start this one up yourself, at least you’ll know for sure that the statistics on point.

Pros:

  • Won’t disengage due to restless sleep patterns
  • Accurate readings on sleep times

Cons:

  • Small inconsistencies with restfulness levels
  • Has to be started manually

You can easily sync the information from you app with your phone or laptop as well so that data from days to weeks to months before don’t get lost. If your sleeping patterns change at some point, you might wonder where you went wrong. Well, just have a look at older sleep logs and see if there is a specific time that change occurred; you just might be able to pinpoint the exact event that’s keeping you awake at night.

Pillow Sleep Tracker for Apple Watch

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If you like side by side, comparable statistics, try downloading the Pillow sleep tracker and see what you think! This one provides you with Rapid Eye Movement cycles, how much time you actually spent awake while you were trying to sleep, and a special feature that picks up any sound or noise that disturbs your rest. One thing that you won’t see very often with other sleep apps is a feature for napping! We all start to get tired after a long day, if you’re waking up at 5am to exercise, get the kids to school, and get to work, you’re probably pretty exhausted when you get home. A 90 minute nap is equivalent to one sleep cycle, so set your timer on the Pillow sleep tracking app and give yourself a little break before it’s time to make dinner and check homework. You can select from any of the 3 different nap modes that this awesome and versatile app has to offer.

Pros:

  • Tracks noise that may interrupt your normal sleep cycle
  • Includes an alarm clock to wake you up on time

Cons:

  • New update for automatic sleep mode isn’t working properly
  • May not recognize all your movements through the night

Sleeping through the night is great, but taking naps is probably the highlight of a working adult’s day if you’re even able to take one. Doing so will help your body recover faster, improve your mental focus, and give you more stamina. Although there have been some kinks with the new automatic tracking feature, the company has been working toward improvements. The Sleep++ has improved with the accuracy of restlessness, initially it may have shown that you slept longer than you actually did. Now you’ll be able to see the exact times you woke up.

Sleep Watch by Bodymatter for Apple Watch

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With a colorful and meticulous display, the Sleep Watch app is a useful tool for anyone who likes to take in their data visually. Unlike the Sleep++ each feature has its own description and goal. New parents have an especially hard time getting any rest when they’ve got a newborn infant on their hands. Between feedings, diaper changes, and just plain crying for no reason (the baby cries sometimes too), there are definitely tough times ahead. At least with the Sleep Watch app you can keep your sanity by having a solid count of how many hours of sleep you got, versus what you still need. This app will help you take better care of yourself, thereby being a better parent to take care of your baby.

Pros:

  • You can add notes to your times that explain what woke you up
  • Doesn’t fail or crash throughout the night

Cons:

  • Has had accuracy issues in the past, however the company has worked to fix the problem.
  • Requires iOS 10.0 or later

This is an auto sleep tracking app, so depending on how much you move during the night you may need to adjust the sensitivity levels. Apps that have high sensitivity may turn off and on if you raise your arm in your sleep or move around a lot. One feature that makes this particular app unique are the follow up questions. While some sleep trackers allow you to take notes, this one might just ask some questions that you hadn’t thought of at first.

SnoreLab for Apple Watch

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The SnoreLab app is a whole different beast compared to the rest. Snoring can be a sign of bigger health issues, and it can affect the oxygen levels in your body, leaving your red blood cells gasping for air as a result. This app is supported and recommend by doctors for their patients as a tool to help measure the severity of the problem and treat it accordingly. The SnoreLab records your snoring and offers solutions to resolve it; you’ll be able to play back the recording as well and see where it ranks on a scale of quiet, light, loud, or epic. Another awesome feature this app provides is the ability to select a different solution each night, for example if you’re using a wedge pillow and a chin strap for the evening, just select those options. The SnoreLab will tell you whether or not the remedies you’ve chosen worked, and whether or not you should continue using them to address the issue.

Pros:

  • Provides trending data, so you can see the progress of your snoring over days, weeks or months
  • If you talk in your sleep, the SnoreLab app will be able to pick it up while recording

Cons:

  • Free version doesn’t offer very many features, difficult to test it out without signing up for a trial
  • Trial period is only 5 days

So the free version isn’t the best, but like anything else in the world you get what you pay for. The paid version offers so many things that will help you get snoring under control. If you have a spouse, I’ll bet your snoring disturbs them; use the SnoreLab to improve sleep for the both of you. That term “happy wife, happy life” works both ways, so ladies feel free to download it to your apple watch as well. Make sure that you initiate the updates whenever they appear, or the app could start to behave abnormally.

Sleep Cycle for Apple Watch

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With a built-in alarm clock and snore stopping wake up tools, you can’t go wrong with the Sleep Cycle app. Like the SnoreLab, this app is able to record and analyze the quality of your sleep just based off how much noise you make while you’re snoring! The “silent alarm” gives off a gentle vibration that doesn’t wake you up, but instead alerts your body of the need to change positions. So, if you snore loudly when you lie on your back, the sensation of your wrist watch vibrating will subconsciously cause you to turn over onto your side and eliminate the snoring until you roll over again.

Another great thing about Sleep Cycle is that it tracks your heart rate throughout the night as well, so you can compare your heartbeat to the extent of your snoring. The alarm that does wake you up, is set to decide when the best time would be to do so. In case you didn’t know, 90 minutes is equal to one full sleep cycle; so if you’re 60 minutes into a cycle and wake up in the middle of it, you might find that you don’t feel rested. Allowing your body to finish a full cycle will help to eliminate that onset of dragging and grogginess that is accompanied by waking up before your body is even ready.

Pros:

  • Wake-up alarm analyzes your sleep cycle and wakes you up accordingly
  • Heart rate monitor tracks through the night
  • Silent snore alarm helps to reduce your snoring

Cons:

  • Quickly drains battery on your Apple Watch
  • Data can be affected by movement from your spouse or pets sleeping in the bed with you

While there are a few small drawbacks to the Sleep Cycle app, it works as it was designed to, and will most certainly help you reduce your snoring. In turn, this will help you and others in your home sleep better at night.

Rain Rain Sleep Sound for Apple Watch

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So, some of us need an extremely detailed report of everything that happened during the night as we slept. On the other hand, some of us just need help falling asleep in general. When you have insomnia, it’s easy to go days without sleeping, and this creates harmful effects in your body. Sleeping is not just “juice” for your internal batteries. It helps your brain and other organs repair and recuperate from the daily damage that your body endures throughout the day. The Rain Rain Sleep Sound app is just the thing for anyone who finds themselves tossing and turning until 4 in the morning, before they give up on sleeping altogether.

Pros:

  • Works for yoga and meditation as well
  • Excellent tool for those who live in dry climates, but enjoy the sound of rain and thunder during the evening

Cons:

  • Issues with updating to the full version after you’ve already paid
  • Sound doesn’t play very long for people who have the free version, requires upgrade

While the Rain Rain Sleep Sound app doesn’t include detailed information like REM cycles and movement detection, it does help you get to sleep. This app has been a favorite for insomniacs for almost 6 years now, so of course it’s gone through some upgrades and changes in order to improve. If you decide to purchase the full version, and notice glitches or other strange issues, just contact the company through the app store. Like most app technologies, problems can be fixed as long as you communicate them to the makers. So, turn up the thunder and bring on the rain, because you need your rest in order to function at full capacity and take on the challenges of the day!

White Noise Lite for Apple Watch

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The White Noise Lite app isn’t just for adults, it can also be used for kids, adults and even to help soothe a crying infant. Some of us fall asleep a little bit more easily with certain sounds including music, the light sound of television, thunder and rain. Block out other distracting noises and choose from a catalog of 40 plus unique sounds including beach waves, the pur of a cat, wind blowing, and so many more. Other sleep sound apps only provide you with a few common options that you find on Youtube or other streaming sites. Use the White Noise Lite app for your Apple Watch

Pros:

  • Includes a large variety of sounds rather than just one or two basic noises
  • Excellent for children who have a hard time getting to sleep due to fear of the dark, etc.

Cons:

  • Occasional glitch that causes sounds to get “stuck,” just restart the app to fix the problem

If you want a simple sleep app with great features, I would highly recommend this one!

Beddit for Apple Watch

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Another awesome, free app for sleeping is the Beddit! This works great for anyone who has an Apple Watch, but doesn’t want to wear it every single night. Some of us love the Apple Watch but don’t enjoy the restricting feeling of having something attached to your wrist all night. Instead, use the Sleep Monitor that comes with the Beddit App, you can easily place it underneath your sheets and fall right to sleep. After a specific time period, your app will automatically screenshot your progress so that you can accurately view changes in your sleeping pattern, without worrying about losing the information due to glitching or system updates.

Pros:

  • Hands-free monitor conveniently won’t disturb you under the sheets
  • Can be manually turned off and on or automatically

Cons:

  • Could pick up motion from your pets or spouse

The Beddit has definitely had some bug issues in the past, but it has vastly improved since its original debut on the Apple Watch market.

Relax and Sleep Well for Apple Watch

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Last but not least, the Relax and Sleep Well App is another high quality options for insomniacs who are facing too many distractions when it comes to the task of falling asleep. Offering 4 free sessions, this app provides hypnotherapy so that you can focus on sleeping and sleeping alone. Instead of lying awake for hours and hours, thinking about random things that happened during the day or awkward situations you found yourself in during the 8th grade, use the Relax and Sleep Well app to focus solely on the hypnotherapy. I guarantee you’ll find yourself drifting off into a deep slumber, and wake up wondering when you passed out! Sometimes you just need someone to help guide you into a more relaxed state, audio-author Glenn Harrold can assist you on that journey.

Pros:

  • Takes a different approach than other white noise apps
  • Isn’t complicated or difficult to use, provides more simplicity than other apps
  • Still provides quality sleep even though it’s a free app

Cons:

  • Some consumers don’t enjoy the sound of Glenn’s voice, either found it disturbing and weird or couldn’t help but laugh

So, the narrator has somewhat of a “funky” sounding voice, which can be unpleasant for some people. However, you’ll see little to no complaints about being able to fall asleep with this app, it does exactly what it’s supposed to and lulls you into a deep slumber.

If you have a baby at home who doesn’t enjoy white noise, music, or nursery rhymes, try playing a hypnotherapy session instead. A baby won’t understand what’s being said, but the calming, relaxing tone that Glenn Harrold provides might just make your job as a parent a little bit easier. Of course, all you need to do is connect it to your Apple Watch if you’d like to use it for yourself!

Final Thoughts

 The first app that you pick out might not work as well as you’d hoped, and that’s okay. Sometimes you have to try a few different ones before you settle on an app that provides everything you need when it comes to getting that 8 hours of sleep every night. If you’re still new to your Apple Watch and haven’t quite gotten the hang of it, I’d recommend starting with a free app that has simple features, like one of the white noise options.

Once you get used to it, move on to one of the more advanced options, I personally really like the SnoreLab because of the silent vibration that wakes you up if you start to snore too loud. If you want to look for a sleep app outside of these, make sure that it’s been around for a few years and has a good standing with consumer reviews. You can still try newer apps, just remember that there might be glitches and other issues that haven’t been worked out yet.

About Dabora Dabora is Chief editor at Sleeping Culture. She is a proud mother of two, passionate about sleep and finding ways to live a healthier and stress-free lifestyle.

Camping can be an expensive hobby. Whether you are going on a backpacking expedition or setting up a tent for just one night, the cost of all of the equipment you need can really start to add up. One piece of gear that you don’t want to cut out of the budget is a sleeping bag.

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Sleeping bags can cost anywhere between $18 and several hundred dollars, but it is possible to find a quality sleeping bag for a good price. In general, sleeping bags are priced based on the quality and quantity of the materials they are made with, as well as any special features or accessories that they have. So, when looking to purchase a sleeping bag on a budget, you will have to find a balance between the features you need and want with the amount you are willing to spend.

What do you need to know about budget sleeping bags?

How It Will Hold Up To Weather: It is reasonable to think about the type of weather you will encounter when sleeping outdoors, so this is one of the first and most important factors that most people consider when searching for a sleeping bag. In fact, the weather you will endure while using your sleeping bag determines many of the features to look for.

First, each sleeping bag is temperature rated—this indicates the lowest temperature at which the sleeping bag will keep you warm while wearing one layer of clothing. Most sleeping bags are rated between +15 degrees Fahrenheit and +50 degrees Fahrenheit, but some are rated as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Since warmth is perceived and that one layer of clothing can vary, it is best to choose a sleeping bag that is rated for a lower temperature than you expect to experience, just to be on the safe side.

Weather also includes any precipitation. If there’s a chance you will get rain, snow, or any other kind of moisture, it is crucial that your sleeping bag be at least water resistant because a wet sleeping bag can be dangerous. Even if you don’t expect to encounter precipitation, it is still a good idea to err on the side of caution and have a sleeping bag that resists moisture. Many sleeping bags are made with water resistant materials, but they can also be treated with a water proof substance for extra protection.

How Heavy It Is: If you plan on carrying your sleeping bag any significant distance (i.e. backpacking), its weight could become an issue. Usually, the warmer the sleeping bag, the heavier it is, and the more it costs. Because of this, most budget sleeping bags are rated for higher temperatures or are considered to be summer bags. But if this doesn’t jive with your camping expedition, there are some cold weather bags that are budget friendly, too.

Its Shape and Size: While the shape and size of a sleeping bag doesn’t play a particularly large role in its price, it does impact warmth and comfortability. Generally, a fitted sleeping bag keeps more warmth inside, but it allows for limited movement. Knowing this, you can consider the 4 main sleeping bag shapes: rectangular, barrel shaped, mummy, and double wide. 

As you might expect, rectangular sleeping bags are shaped like a rectangle, but they provide lots of space and comfort. The barrel shape is like a modified rectangle that is wider at the shoulders and narrower at the feet; this makes them spacious and slightly warmer. The mummy shape is the most fitted of them all and hugs the entire length of your body; this shape provides the most warmth and least amount of movement. Double-wide sleeping bags are essentially the size of two rectangular sleeping bags and are meant to sleep two people. Although double-wide sleeping bags are spacious, there are two bodies to keep heat in.

Because sleeping bags vary in shape and size, it’s important to check the specific dimensions of the product you want to buy to ensure it will fit your body. For example, mummy bags are narrow, so they may not fit all body sizes whereas rectangular or barrel-shaped bags are more accommodating. Be sure to give yourself an extra couple of inches all around, depending on the shape you choose. You may also want to take note of the zipper on the bag you wish to purchase. Some bags have full-length zippers for easy entrance or the option for ventilation while others have shorter zippers to keep warmth in.

What It’s Insulated With: Sleeping bags are insulated with either synthetic fill or down fill. Synthetic insulation is the less-expensive option, so all budget-friendly sleeping bags will have it. Usually synthetic insulation is made from polyester, nylon, or cotton, and it is durable, hypoallergenic and fast drying. But, synthetic fill can be bulkier and heavier than down fill. Some people may want to splurge on a down-filled bag because it is recommended by the pros, but down insulation can be an allergen and is virtually ruined if it gets wet.

What are the top six budget sleeping bags?

Here is a summary of the top six budget sleeping bags, each offering a unique combination of desirable features. All of these products are highly rated, sleep tested, and under $25.

Coleman Sunridge 40-60 Degree Sleeping Bag

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The Sunridge bag is a warm weather, adult sleeping bag rated for temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It has synthetic, polyester insulation, with a brushed polyester outer shell. This sleeping bag can accommodate people up to 5 feet 11 inches tall, and it is equipped with ZipPlow and Roll Control. ZipPlow is Coleman’s system for keeping fabric away from the zipper to prevent snags, and Roll Control makes it easy for one person to roll up and pack the sleeping bag. The Sunridge bag has a rectangular shape, and it can be zipped to a second bag to accommodate two sleepers.

Pros:

  • Great quality for the price
  • Durable zipper
  • Lives up to temperature rating

Cons:

  • May not be soft inside
  • Narrower than expected

Outdoorsman Lab Lightweight Sleeping Bag

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The Outdoorsman Lab Lightweight Sleeping Bag is ideal for warm-weather camping trips, with a temperature rating of 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It has several special features, including an integrated pillowcase, an interior pocket, and straps for a sleeping pad. This sleeping bag is ultralight, weighing just 1.6 pounds, and it measures 73 inches by 29.5 inches. Its shell is water repellent, plus it comes with a compression sack for storing and transporting. This bag can also be zipped to a second bag to accommodate two sleepers. Outdoorsman Lab offers discounts when purchasing one or more of their products together.

Pros:

  • Keeps pillow in place
  • Spacious
  • Extremely portable
  • Great quality for the price
  • Easy to roll up and pack

Cons:

  • Does not completely unzip
  • Narrower than expected

Ohuhu Sleeping Bag

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The Ohuhu Sleeping Bag is a rectangular-shaped, waterproof bag with a nylon shell and synthetic polyester insulation. It is lightweight at only 1.72 pounds, and it comes with a space-saving carrying sack. This bag is rated for temperatures between 48 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike many other bags, this one has the option of a left-side zipper or a right-side zipper. Both options measure 75 inches by 34 inches when unrolled, and two bags can be zipped together to accommodate two sleepers at once.

Pros:

  • Great quality for the price
  • Extremely portable
  • Unzips from both ends
  • Soft inside liner

Cons:

  • Inside liner may shift around
  • May not live up to temperature rating

OuterEQ Sleeping Bag

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The OuterEQ Sleeping Bag is lightweight and comfortable for people up to 5 feet 11 inches tall. It has a polyester shell, a soft cotton liner, and cotton synthetic insulation. This rectangular sleeping bag has a temperature rating of about 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, plus it is machine washable. The OuterEQ bag comes with a convenient compression sack for each storage and transport, and it is available in army green and dark blue. OuterEQ also offers discounts when purchasing two or more of their camping products together.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy to roll up and pack
  • Durable zipper
  • Great quality for the price

Cons:

  • May be a tight fit
  • May not live up to temperature rating

Egoz Peanut Sleeping Bag

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The Egoz Peanut is a modified rectangular sleeping bag that has a drawstring hood to keep your head warm. It is rated for 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, and it is built with synthetic 300 GSM insulation, a cotton liner, and a polyester shell. This water-resistant bag comes with a drawstring carrying bag, and it measures 83 inches by 30 inches, so it can accommodate someone up to 6 feet 6 inches tall. This bag is easy to clean and built to last.

Pros:

  • Great quality for the price
  • Easy to roll up and pack
  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable and warm

Cons:

  • Zipper requires gentle handling
  • May be smaller than expected

Active Era Premium Lightweight Single Sleeping Bag

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The Active Era Premium bag is a water-resistant, warm-weather sleeping bag. It is rated for temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the right clothing, it is safe in temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. The Active Era bag is constructed with synthetic 200GSM hollow fibre filling, and a polyester shell. This extremely lightweight, rectangular bag is machine washable and comes with a carrying bag that’s equipped with a handle and drawstring. It measures 75 inches by 30 inches, and it weighs just over 2 pounds.

Pros:

  • Great quality for the price
  • Extremely compact and portable
  • Comfortable materials

Cons:

  • May be a tight fit
  • May not live up to temperature rating

What else should you consider when using and purchasing budget sleeping bags?

There is more to consider when buying a sleeping bag on a budget. First, think about the other people on your camping trip. There is an even bigger incentive to look for inexpensive sleeping bags if you are purchasing them for multiple people, but as mentioned earlier, not all budget sleeping bags are the same. Some sleeping bags are gender and age specific, which affects the warmth of the bag. Luckily, there are budget-friendly sleeping bags available for everyone in your party.

Next, think about any extras you would want. There are several sleeping bag accessories available, but those could stretch the budget. If you are tempted to buy specialized pads, shells, pillows, or the like, there are cheaper ways to get the same result. Most of these products can be replaced by regular blankets or heavy clothing. Bring along a large comforter for more padding under the sleeping bag, layer up for more warmth, and bunch up a sweatshirt for the perfect camping pillow. Plus, a water repellant spray can replace a shell, and it can be used on multiple pieces of equipment.

Lastly, it is critical to not expect the quality of a REI, L.L. Bean, or North Face brand sleeping bag when purchasing a bag that is under $25. In general, the sleeping bags on the list above are meant for casual campers on an occasional basis, not for extreme temperatures and professional expeditions. If you keep this in mind, you will be extremely happy with the quality you get for an inexpensive bag.

Budget Sleeping Bags Final Thoughts

Sleeping bags are cheaper and more accessible than ever, so if you are looking for a quality bag at a great price, it’s certainly possible to find it. But, it is important to note that the expression “you get what you pay for” could always come into play when buying inexpensive items, so budget sleeping bags will never be top of the line, but they can address your sleeping bag needs. In the end, determining the best bag for you and your adventure is all about weather, weight, shape, size, insulation, and your comfort.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.


Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder in which one’s airway becomes obstructed during sleep. In fact, many people who have sleep apnea haven’t been officially diagnosed.

Diagnosed or not, there are several treatments for sleep apnea that address both mild and severe forms of it.

Many people start treating their sleep apnea with nasal sprays or nose strips, but eventually move on to specialized pillows and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines.

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Sleep apnea pillows are an affordable tool that can address mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.

Some sleep apnea pillows address the symptoms of sleep apnea alone or they can work with CPAP machines to provide the necessary relief.

These specialized pillows come in a few different forms, but all of them aim to open airways and facilitate breathing while asleep.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Understanding sleep apnea is the key to understanding how sleep apnea pillows work.

According to WebMD, sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted while sleeping, so in other words, people who suffer from this disorder stop breathing repeatedly during sleep.

This is a serious condition because it results in a lack of oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body, which can have major consequences.

Aside from not being able to complete everyday tasks, untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, or headaches.

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common, and it occurs when a person’s airway becomes blocked by the soft tissue in the back of his or her throat.

With central sleep apnea, the brain forgets to tell your body to breathe, so the issue is in the respiratory control center rather than a blocked airway.

Symptoms of either type usually include loud snoring, waking up with a sore or dry throat, waking up gasping for air, tiredness, restless sleep, morning headaches, decreased libido, mood changes, or insomnia.

Although sleep apnea can be diagnosed in anyone of any age, there are certain factors that put some people at a higher risk than others.

People most as risk for sleep apnea are male, overweight, over the age of 40, have a larger than average neck size, have a family history of sleep apnea, have larger than average tonsils and tongue, have a smaller than average jaw bone, have some form of nasal obstruction, or suffer from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).

Pillows for Sleep Apnea

Sleep Position: One of the first steps in treating sleep apnea is positional therapy, and specialized pillows are the perfect complement for it.

Most sleep apnea experts recommend side sleeping to prevent the tongue and soft tissue from collapsing and blocking the airway, which can happen easily when back sleeping.

Because of this, most sleep apnea pillows have been developed to train sleep apnea sufferers to sleep on their side.

However, back sleepers can get some relief from their symptoms if they elevate their body from the waist up while sleeping.

The extra elevation can prevent the airway from becoming obstructed, and there are specialized wedge pillows that address this.

Pillow Type: In general, the best pillows for sleep apnea are made of foam or memory foam, but most important is the shape of the pillow.

Some sleep apnea pillows are designed to be used with CPAP machines, others are intended to align your neck, back, and head in the proper position to relieve sleep apnea symptoms.

CPAP machines use a mask that fits over a person’s nose and mouth and supplies the necessary air pressure to keep the airway open while sleeping.

So, sleep apnea pillows that work with CPAP machines will make wearing the mask much more comfortable by reducing pressure on the face from the mask and keeping the mask in place throughout the night.

These pillows have a specialized design that accommodates both the mask and the tubes that feed it.

Other sleep apnea pillows usually fall into one of two categories—cervical or wedge— and they work by supporting the spine and ensuring the ideal sleep position.

Usually cervical pillows are for side sleepers and wedge pillows are for back sleepers, but some back sleepers can find relief with cervical pillows, too.

Cervical pillows (also called contour pillows) keep the neck straight, preventing the throat from closing.

Most CPAP machine pillows can also be considered contour pillows.

Wedge pillows elevate the upper body, which stops gravity from collapsing the airway while back sleeping. Either way, a firm pillow is the best option.

What Are the Top Six Pillows for Sleep Apnea?

Here is a summary of the top six pillows for sleep apnea, each offering a unique combination of desirable features. All of these products are highly rated, and sleep tested.

EnduriMed CPAP Pillow

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This contour pillow can accommodate any CPAP mask so that you breathe easy all night.

The specialized design ensures that your mask won’t shift and cause leaks, plus it relieves pressure on the face. This pillow’s unique shape allows for ultimate comfort from any angle and gives adequate space for mask tubes.

All of the materials are resistant to allergens and dust mites, and the pillow is made with high-quality memory foam that provides firm neck and spine support, especially for side and stomach sleepers.

The EnduriMed CPAP Pillow fits standard pillow cases, but there is a custom cover available as well.

Pros:

  • Keeps tubing and mask in place
  • Relieves aches and soreness

Cons:

  • May retain heat

Sleep Innovations Memory Foam Contour Pillow

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The Sleep Innovations contour pillow is made with high-quality memory foam and provides enhanced spine support.

The memory foam adapts to the size and shape of your head and neck to align your body into the proper sleep position.

With two levels of contour, you are free to choose the amount of support that fits you, so that your airway remains clear.

This unique design ensures that you will not wake up with pain or stiffness. Lastly, Sleep Innovations offers a 5-year limited warranty with the purchase of this pillow.

Pros:

  • Relieves aches and soreness
  • Very comfortable
  • High quality

Cons:

  • May not be firm enough

FitPlus Premium Bed Wedge Pillow

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This wedge pillow is perfect for relieving symptoms of sleep apnea, especially for back sleepers.

It is built to support the entire upper body with 1.5 inches of memory foam on top of a layer of premium polyurethane foam.

The gradual slope ensures that airways stay clear, and neck and pains are resolved.

FitPlus’ Premium Bed Wedge Pillow also has a removable, washable cover that helps regulate temperature while you sleep.

Pros:

  • Appropriate level of elevation
  • Very comfortable

Cons:

  • Body may slide down pillow

Visco Love Celliant Sleep Therapeutic Wellness Memory Foam Pillow

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This advanced therapeutic pillow stays cool while contouring to your body, which relieves aches and pains and promotes clear airways.

It is built with 100% visco-elastic memory foam, which is hypoallergenic and durable.

The unique design features air channels that regulate temperature to allow you to sleep comfortably all night.

This Visco Love pillow can be used with a CPAP mask or without one because of the specialized slopes and cutouts that are built into the design.

Pros:

  • Stays cool all night
  • Relieves aches and soreness

Cons:

  • May have an odor at first

Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

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Unlike the other pillows on this list, the Snuggle-Pedic pillow does not have a unique shape.

This hypoallergenic, toxin-free pillow sleeps cool and can adapt to whatever position is best for you, whether that includes CPAP machine or not.

It is filled with shredded memory foam, which is what allows for the support and customization, and the cover is made of viscose of bamboo, polyester, and lycra.

The ultra-luxury pillow is machine washable, available in 3 sizes, and comes with a 20-year warranty as well as a 120-night sleep trial.

Pros:

  • Stays cool all night
  • Adjustable
  • Relieves aches and soreness

Cons:

  • May seem lumpy
  • May be too firm

Contour Products CPAPMax Pillow 2.0

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The CPAPMax 2.0 is most similar to the EnduriMed CPAP pillow above.

It features specialized cutouts to fit anyone’s sleep preference and to accommodate CPAP masks and tubing. It also has a Velcro strap that can be fixed to CPAP tubing for added shifting and leaking protection.

There are two sleeping surfaces to choose from: a plush, traditional pillow surface and a ventilated foam surface.

Plus, this hypoallergenic pillow allows you to add or take away layers, so your spine and neck can stay straight. The adaptability of this pillow ensures ultimate comfort while sleeping with or without a CPAP machine.

Pros:

  • Comfortable and functional
  • Customizable
  • Fits CPAP mask well

Cons:

  • May be too firm or flat

What Else Should You Consider When Using and Purchasing Pillows for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea pillows are a great way to address breathing issues while sleeping, but there are a few other points to consider when using and purchasing them.

First, sleep apnea pillows will work better for some people than they will for others, especially because there are many different options to choose from.

Since sleep apnea pillows often have unique designs, it is reasonable that certain shapes won’t be comfortable for every person.

Even pillows that adapt to the shape of your body may not be satisfying for everyone.

So, don’t get discouraged if the first sleep apnea pillow you try falls short of your expectations; there are plenty more to put to the test.

Keep in mind, though, that the ultimate goal of the pillow is to help you breathe, so if you’ve found one that does that, the other features of the pillow may not seem as important.

Another point to consider is price. Even though pillows are a more affordable alternative to expensive medical treatment for sleep apnea, the quality ones can get pricey.

As a point of reference, the recommended sleep apnea pillows above range in price from $28 to $70, but most of the time you can count on paying $50 to $60 for a quality pillow.

The price of the pillow is largely based on the unique features it has, as well as the materials it is built with.

Next, one of the biggest criticisms of sleep apnea pillows is that they tend to sleep hot, meaning that they retain body heat throughout the night, and that can be uncomfortable for some people.

If this is something that could affect you, you may want to look for pillows with gel layers, which are more likely to stay cool all night.

Finally, if you find that sleep apnea pillows aren’t adequately addressing your symptoms, it may be time to consult a sleep professional.

Although it may be expensive, sleep experts can conduct a sleep study to get to the bottom of the issues you are experiencing. The information gleaned from the study would allow your doctor to create a more intensive treatment plan.

Pillows for Sleep Apnea – Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the best pillow for sleep apnea is the one that allows you to enjoy comfortable sleep while relieving the symptoms and effects of sleep apnea.

Keep in mind that not all sleep apnea pillows are the same; in fact, they can differ quite a bit, so it may take some trial and error to find the perfect one.

Nevertheless, pillows specially designed to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea have been proven effective and are even recommended as a first step for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea, before formal medical treatment.

About Marissa Gvozdenovich Marissa is an English teacher and writer. She enjoys the Florida beach life with her husband and puppy.

Dealing with bed bugs is no joke, which is why it’s so important for you to begin fighting them as soon as you can. One way to handle bed bugs is by buying a bed bug mattress encasement. These work to protect your mattress from bed bugs. If you don’t use an encasement, you might find damage from the bed bugs, which can be costly. Bed bug mattress encasements are an important way to fight off the bed bugs and to keep them from damaging your mattress.

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In addition to protecting your mattress from bed bugs, they can also help with allergens, dust mites, and more. They are a great investment when it comes to protecting your mattress. Of course, you need to make sure that you find a good one. A mattress encasement won’t be helpful unless it’s one of the best.

To help you find the best bed bug mattress encasement, we did some research. This will help to narrow your search. You will be able to make a better informed purchase. You will be able to prevent bed bugs earlier too!

Take a look at our suggestions for bed bug mattress encasements. Then, check out our favorite options.

What Should I Consider When Shopping for a Bed Bug Mattress Encasement?

These are just a few of the considerations to think about while you’re shopping for a bed bug mattress encasement. There’s a lot to think about, so it can be helpful to refer to a list like this. It’s worth noting that your top priorities may not align with ours. That’s totally normal! Just make sure you give the following some thought as you begin your shopping.

Size

This might seem obvious, but it’s easily overlooked. When you are out shopping for any type of mattress accessory, from sheets to mattress encasements or protectors, you need to know the size of your mattress. It can also be helpful to have exact measurements on hand if you want to be 100% sure!

Additional Uses

You’re looking for a way to prevent bed bugs from damaging your mattress. Many mattress encasements have multiple uses. Some of these include dust mites, bed-wetting, and more. Look for a mattress encasement that is going to meet all of your needs. It will make your life much easier!

Brand

Some folks like to purchase mattress accessories from the brands that they are familiar with. Others are fine with buying one from a newer or smaller company. In most cases, mattress encasements will function similarly. The manufacturer won’t make a huge difference. If this is important to you, be sure to look for a bed bug mattress encasement from a brand that you know and trust!

Material

Just like mattresses, the encasement’s can be made from all different materials. Some include vinyl, while others are fabric, like polyester. What you choose really depends on personal preference. Most users will want something lightweight so it doesn’t interfere with the rest of their mattress setup. You don’t want to be able to feel it, unless it’s pretty comfortable. Some fabrics are more breathable too, which can be nice! This will help to keep you cool throughout the night!

Washing Requirements

Make sure you check the requirements for washing a mattress encasement. Most modern ones can be thrown in the washer and will be just fine. Some require colder water or a delicate cycle. Be on the lookout for these guidelines while you shop. Remember that following these instructions will help to keep your mattress encasement in good shape for years.

It might seem like a hassle, but it will be worth it in the long run! Mattress encasements are often waterproof, which makes them good for little ones who wet the bed. Naturally, you would be washing those a lot more and might want simpler instructions!

Price

Overall, mattress encasement’s are pretty affordable. The price is going to vary by the one you choose, of course. One suggestion is that you do some research to gain an understanding of how much bed bug mattress encasements cost. Then, you can plan and budget for one or watch for good deals. You don’t need to buy the most expensive one in order to protect your mattress the most effectively. There are low-cost options that will still get the job done just as well—or better than—an expensive encasement! Shopping online will generally help you to save money too. You can compare prices and look for coupon codes. Plus, you can read reviews and see countless options right in front of you!

Warranty

Since mattress encasements are pretty affordable, you might be wondering if you even need to look for one with a warranty. There are plenty that come with a warranty, so you could do that if it makes you feel more comfortable. Because of their low price, you could always just buy a new one when you need it. Additionally, if you purchase one of the more durable or high-quality encasements that we have on our list, it should last you for years!

Return Policy

As with most purchases, you will want to be aware of the return policy for the mattress encasement. If not, you might get yourself into a sticky situation. If anything would happen to the encasement, it’s a good idea to know exactly what would happen and how everything would go down!

If there is a manufacturer error, you should be able to get that taken care of no matter what the return policy. Otherwise, you will need to refer to the return policy.

Best Bed Bug Mattress Encasement Reviews

After you have decided which factors are important to you, look at the following mattress encasements. While they are ranked, it’s necessary to keep your own preferences handy. Any of the mattress encasements that we have selected are great options and will work for almost anyone!

As you look through these options, think about what’s truly essential to you and your family. Maybe you have a little one and need to make sure that the encasement is waterproof in case of any bed-wetting or spills. Perhaps you have allergies and want to make sure that your encasement will not trigger them.

Whatever the case, there are plenty of mattress encasements that will get the job done and meet your needs! Take a look at 5 of the best options.

SafeRest Premium Zippered Mattress Encasement

The purpose of the SafeRest Premium Zippered Mattress Encasement is to keep your mattress looking its best for years to come. It’s protective against all types of damage from bugs and liquids.

This encasement is the perfect blend of waterproof and breathable. It’s pretty quiet, and it also helps to keep you cool throughout the night. It’s hypoallergenic! This one is machine-washable.

It goes all the way around the mattress, leaving no space for bed bugs and other pests. It’s closed off by a micro-zipper, which keeps the pests at bay. One downside is that the zipper might show some wear or even break after it’s been washed a few times.

There is a 10-year warranty included with the purchase. It’s available in all standard mattress sizes.

Pros:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Quiet
  • Breathable
  • All-over protection

Cons:

  • Zipper might not be durable

Hospitology Products Sleep Defense System

This Sleep Defense System encasement is one of the most popular options. It performs very well and is extremely affordable. It is 100% waterproof and made up of 100% polyester. This creates a very comfortable sleeping surface and helps with asthma. Additionally, it’s breathable and cooling. This mattress encasement comes in several different sizing options, including sizes for low profile mattresses. You’ve got quite a few options with this one!

It closes with a zipper and a flap to keep everything nice and secure! This keeps the bugs away for good. It can be washed in a washing machine or spot cleaned as needed. Finally, it comes with a 5-year warranty in case you need it.

Pros:

  • 5-year warranty
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Variety of sizes

Cons:

  • Some users have found that it isn’t 100% waterproof
  • Doesn’t regulate temperature as well as it claims to

 

Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement

Another great option that you might choose is the Utopia Bedding Zippered Mattress Encasement. This one is waterproof and protects your mattress from bed bugs. The closure includes a Velcro zip guard and a zipper too. The fabric is made up of polyester to keep you extra comfy! It goes around the entire mattress too, which is great for extra security. It’s easy to wash this waterproof cover in the washing machine. It’s pretty simple to maintain, making it perfect for busy families.

The fabric should promote airflow, but this isn’t done too well. Other mattress encasements are better at this, which can help to keep you cool. It’s available in all standard mattress sizes. There’s no warranty, but you do get a 30-day money back guarantee.

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Easy to wash
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Variety of sizes

Cons:

  • Not very breathable
  • No warranty

Linenspa Zippered Encasement

With this Linenspa encasement, you will get just about everything you’re looking for. For one, it protects against dust mites and bed bugs, it’s hypoallergenic, and it’s waterproof. It’s made of polyester, which keeps it pretty quiet.

The entire mattress is covered with this single encasement, giving you the peace of mind you need. It closes by using a zippered closure. The fabric is very breathable, which helps with temperature. It’s available in all standard mattress sizes, so you won’t have to make compromises. A 10-year warranty comes with the mattress as well.

It can be easily washed in a washing machine, as directed. Some users have reported that this mattress encasement breaks more easily than comparable ones. They sometimes get holes quickly or show wear soon after using them.

Pros:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Variety of sizes
  • Secure zipper closure
  • Easy to wash

Cons:

  • Fabric may show wear and stretching easily
  • Not as durable as other options

Lucid Encasement Mattress Protector

This is the final mattress encasement on our list, but we don’t think you will be disappointed. Lucid designed this encasement to keep bed bugs away, while preventing allergen issues. Plus, it’s waterproof! The mattress cover is made of polyester. The fabric is nice and quiet, but it is still waterproof. It covers the entire mattress. It’s breathable to keep you comfortable. It’s available in a wide range of sizes and options too!

With this mattress encasement, you will get a 15-year warranty. As with the previous mattress encasement, this one might not be as durable as others. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you want it to last for years.

Pros:

  • 15-year warranty
  • Waterproof
  • Variety of sizes
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • Not as durable as alternatives
  • Zipper may get stuck

Final Thoughts

Those are our favorite bed bug mattress encasements. Be sure to keep the special considerations in mind when you go shopping for a mattress encasement. You will have plenty of options, so it’s a good idea to know what you want and need. Mattress encasements tend to work well. They are both an affordable and reliable solution. Plus, with all of their other benefits, there’s no reason not to get one!

When you’re dealing with bed bugs, you need to act fast and do as much as possible to get rid of them. If you don’t, you will be left with mattress damage and other issues. Bed bugs are known to carry diseases too. Bed bug mattress encasements are a great purchase to make in order to keep these pests away. It’s a good idea to buy one of the best ones so that you can get rid of them most effectively. Any of the mattress encasements on this list are going to serve you well. For best results, you should select one of the encasements listed above and make a final decision based on what’s important to you. You and your family will be happy, and the bed bugs will stay away!

About Dabora Dabora is Chief editor at Sleeping Culture. She is a proud mother of two, passionate about sleep and finding ways to live a healthier and stress-free lifestyle.


If you’re the parent of a little one, you know that you might have to replace some of your baby’s items. This is especially true if you have multiple kids. Perhaps you have been using the same Pack n Play for several years and want a new one. Maybe you just bought a Pack n Play and would like a newer, nicer mattress.

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No matter why you want to replace it, you will have plenty of options. Pack n Play mattresses are easy to find, which means you’re left with some tough decisions. Most parents use their Pack n Plays for travel or as play pens at home. This means that it’s not as important as a regular crib, but you should still try to get a decent mattress.

When you begin searching for a new Pack n Play mattress, you will want to be sure that the mattress you choose is compatible with the Graco Pack n Play. There are many other things to keep in mind, so this could get complicated.

To make this search easier, we’ve simplified things. First, let’s take a look at some of the most essential factors when it comes to buying a new Pack n Play mattress. Then, you will see our list of top picks.

What Should I Consider When Shopping for a Mattress for Graco Pack n Play?

When it’s time to replace your Graco Pack n Play mattress, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want to make sure that you look into each of these considerations so that you can buy the best mattress for your little one!

  • Price:You shouldn’t spend too much on a Graco Pack n Play mattress because your child will only need to use it for a couple of years. If you have more than one child who will use the Pack n Play, it can be worth it to spend a little bit more. In order to get the best deal on a new mattress, you should look online for price comparisons and sales. This can save you a lot of money if you do it right.If you are wanting to come up with a budget for a Graco Pack n Play mattress, it can be beneficial to look at a few of your options. This should give you a reasonable price range to plan for.
  • Durability: Durability can be an important part of any mattress decision, but it’s especially important for Pack n Play mattresses. Most people use Pack n Plays for travel. If you fly, your Pack n Play and the mattress might get tossed around. Additionally, you don’t want to feel like you have to be careful when you are transporting the travel crib.Another consideration to make is how many children will be using the Pack n Play. If several of your kids will use it over the years, you should look for a more durable option that can stand up to plenty of use.To check if a mattress is going to be durable enough, you can look at product reviews from people who have used the mattress for a couple of years. If you see complaints about the mattress showing wear immediately, that’s usually a bad sign.
  • Warranty: Warranties are more common on other types of mattresses. Still, some Pack n Play mattresses do come with warranties. If this extra protection is important to you, then you should look for a Pack n Play mattress that offers a warranty. This isn’t always necessary, but it’s nice to know that you can have the mattress fixed or replaced if a problem arises.Before purchasing a Pack n Play mattress with a warranty, make sure you know what the warranty covers. Some are very limited and others are more generous. This is sometimes reflected in the price of the product too.
  • Ease of Cleaning: As with anything that you buy for your little ones to use, you want to make sure that mattresses can be cleaned easily. You don’t want to have to go through a ton of work when you realize that your baby spit up during the night or their diaper leaked all over the mattress.Luckily, many Pack n Play mattresses are easy to clean. Some are even waterproof! If you like a Pack n Play mattress that isn’t waterproof, you can buy a waterproof mattress cover to put between the mattress and the sheets.
  • Portability: Since you will be traveling with a Pack n Play mattress, you want to make sure that it’s easy to take on the go. Many of them do fold up pretty small and can even fit in the same case as the Pack n Play itself.This is definitely something to look for because you don’t want to have to carry yet another thing into the hotel or a grandparent’s home!
  • Brand: When it comes to finding a Graco Pack n Play mattress, you might be tempted to buy the Graco brand. While this does make sense, it’s not the most cost-effective option. Additionally, you could be missing out on some other mattresses that fit perfectly in your Graco Pack n Play.If the brand is important to you, you can go for the Graco mattress. Otherwise most other brands should work well.
  • Compatibility:If you do decide to purchase a Pack n Play mattress from a brand other than Graco, you should make sure that it will work with the Pack n Play you have. Additionally, you will want to make sure that it fits with any other accessories that you have, such as sheets or waterproof covers.

Best Mattress for Graco Pack n Play Reviews

We’ve rounded up some of the very best mattresses that you can buy to replace your Graco Pack n Play mattress. There are some great options out there, so you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Make sure you keep your preferences in mind—along with your baby’s—to ensure that you all get a good night’s sleep! We did rank these mattresses from best to worst, but they are all very reasonable choices. Your own personal needs do need to come into play when making such significant purchases. Take a look at our favorites and select the one that you like the most!

Dream On Me Foam Pack And Play Mattress

Our top pick for Pack n Play mattresses is the Dream On Me Foam Mattress. It’s comfortable and supportive for your little one. The cover prevents mold and odors, which is nice. It’s waterproof as well. To clean it, you can simply wipe it down! The cover can be a little bit too noisy for some users, but most sheets seem to resolve that problem.

The price is very affordable. Of all of the best Pack n Play mattresses, this one is priced in the middle. It comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. It fits perfectly in the Graco Pack n Play! One problem is that it can’t fold up for travel. It works great for anyone who doesn’t take their Pack n Play with them on the go.

Pros:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Fits in Graco Pack n Play
  • Waterproof
  • Prevents odors
  • Affordable
  • Softer than alternatives
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Too noisy for some users
  • Cannot fold for travel

Dream On Me Playard Mattress

As you probably noticed, our top two Pack n Play mattress options are from the same company. If you have the choice, you should go with a Dream On Me Pack n Play Mattress! This one is made of foam and vinyl. It’s got a waterproof cover, which is ready to prevent mold and odors.

It wipes down very easily as needed! It’s 3 inches thick, which is just about perfect for your little one. It’s comfortable but provides the necessary support. It might be too firm for some users. It’s lightweight and easy to travel with. Unfortunately, it cannot be folded down.

The price is pretty low and very affordable. A 10-year warranty is included too. Some users have noticed that there are gaps between the mattress and the Pack n Play, which can be unsafe to small children.

Pros:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Affordable
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable and supportive

Cons:

  • Can’t be folded down for travel
  • Might be too firm for some users.

LA Baby Waterproof Portable/Mini Crib Mattress

This mattress is another pretty good choice. It is made with high-density poly fiber. Its cover is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Plus, it’s waterproof and easy to clean! Some users have found that this is a bit too thin. Additionally, it can be loud when your child moves around.

The price is on the lower end, but the mattress is still very durable and good quality. If you’re looking for something for multiple children, it may be a smart idea to invest in a better mattress. The warranty only lasts for one year, but it’s better than not having a warranty at all. It’s a great fit for a Graco Pack n Play or a Port-a-Crib.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Fits in Graco Pack n Play
  • Waterproof
  • 1-year warranty
  • Easy to clean
  • Prevents odors

Cons:

  • Too thin for some users
  • Shorter warranty than other options
  • Can’t be folded down for travel
  • Makes noise when babies move

Folding Pack N Play Mattress by Sproutwise Kids

If you’re on the hunt for an organic, healthy alternative to a Pack n Play mattress, this one is for you! It’s got a soft cotton cover made from organic materials. The inside is made of natural latex foam to give baby optimal comfort! You can buy this mattress in two different size options, so make sure that you get the right one for your Pack n Play.

This mattress is on the higher end as far as pricing goes. It’s definitely worth the extra money to get such a great product. The warranty information is not available. It’s easy to travel with. It has a tri-fold style, which is simple to fold up and take on the go. It’s also easy to wash as needed.

Note that it might not fit in all Pack n Plays, so be sure to measure.

Pros:

  • Easy to travel with
  • Organic materials
  • 2 size options
  • Easy to wash
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • No warranty information
  • More expensive than alternatives
  • May not fit all Pack n Plays

NapYou Amazon Exclusive Pack N Play Mattress

This is a foam mattress with a comfortable organic cotton cover. The mattress includes a carrying bag so that you can fold it up and take it on the go. The mattress is divided into sections so it can be folded into three parts. Some users have noted that the strap on the traveling bag breaks easily. The mattress is comfortable, but it provides the right firmness for your little one’ safety!

One downside is that it has a strong smell when you first open it and set it up. This will fade away after a couple of days, but it can really bother some users. The price is higher than the other options due to the organic cotton and the overall design. It’s worth the extra money if you can afford it!

The warranty information about this product isn’t available.

Pros:

  • Organic cotton
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to take on the go
  • Durable
  • Fits in Graco Pack n Play
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Strong smell
  • Extra bag to carry
  • Less affordable than alternatives
  • Strap on bag breaks easily
  • No warranty information

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for the perfect replacement mattress for a Graco Pack n Play, we’ve got the options you need. It’s important to do your research so that you know exactly what you want and what you’re getting. Plus, your baby’s sleeping situation can determine yours as well. If they’re uncomfortable, you might be up all night.

There are countless Graco Pack n Play mattresses available, which means you have a lot to choose from. This choice doesn’t have to be impossible though. It’s worth the extra considerations and research in the end. Before you begin shopping, make sure you know what you’re looking for. It’s best to have some background information before going in blindly and making a fast decision.

Think about what’s most essential to you in a Graco Pack n Play mattress. Not every parent is looking for the same things, so you need to consider what you or your baby needs. Luckily, all of the mattresses that we selected are some of the best. You won’t be missing out on any fancy features and you won’t be getting a low-quality mattress.

About Dabora Dabora is Chief editor at Sleeping Culture. She is a proud mother of two, passionate about sleep and finding ways to live a healthier and stress-free lifestyle.

Now that it’s officially summer, and the heat is in full action, it’s the perfect time to go to the beach. With the sound of the waves crashing in the background, and a cooler with cold drinks and snacks, the beach is always a great idea! However, what’s not so great is coming back from a swim in the ocean and the sand on your feet starts sticking to your beach blanket. When you lay down to soak up a few rays, there’s sand stuck to your legs and arms. Then sand suddenly appears everywhere! It’s in your bag, your car, and maybe still on your body when you take a shower that night. It seems like an unavoidable part of a day at the beach, but the proper beach blanket can only make it better.

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The beach can be a great outing for the family, but an incredibly messy one. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re trying to relax, is stressing about how you’re going to clean up all the sand. That’s where a better beach blanket can help you out! Beach towels are best at keeping you dry after you dip in the ocean, but not as beach blankets. Whether you live by the beach, go to the beach every summer, or you’re just like being in the outdoors, investing in a beach blanket can cut down on so much unneeded summer stress! After all, the beach is supposed to be a place to relax, not worry!

What is a Beach Blanket?

This may seem like an odd question, but what is really considered a beach blanket? People use all different kinds of blankets at the beach. Some bring bed sheets, beach towels, tarps, or even tents. The possibilities are endless at the beach. The best beach blankets are those that work well at keeping the sand off the blanket, because that’s the number one hassle at the beach. Usually these blankets are made of more tarp-like material or mesh material because the sand can easily be swiped off or falls through back to the beach.

Beach blankets also usually have a way to secure to the ground in case of a huge gust of wind. You don’t want to be that person at the beach that’s constantly picking up their blanket to shake off the sand, and letting the wind blow it in the faces of everyone around you. Also, something that is comfortable. The family is usually sitting or lying on the beach blanket and no one wants to lay on a stiff piece of fabric. Lastly, sometimes they come with a way to compact them and easily travel with them like a small bag. This makes packing for the beach so much easier!

Qualities of the Best Beach Blankets

Look out for beach blankets that have these qualities:

  • Sand proof: Usually blankets that are sand proof has some sort of mesh material that allows the sand to drift through the blanket into the beach. This could also mean the sand doesn’t stick to the blanket, and can easily be wiped off.
  • Waterproof/Water resistant: If you like to lay close to the ocean, this is a good quality to look for in a beach blanket. Having a waterproof bottom layer will ensure that even if you set up your belongings in wet sand, you won’t have a wet bathing suit until you go in the ocean.
  • Compactable: It’s always a plus when a blanket comes with its own carrying bag! Beach blankets that can be folded up to small sizes and stored away in their own bag is incredibly convenient when there usually aren’t a lot of close parking spaces to the beach.
  • Securable: The best beach blankets come with some type of quality to keep them secured to the beach. Whether this is sand pockets, or stakes, these keep your blanket spread out on the uneven sand surface.
  • Lightweight: Sure enough, if your beach blanket is compactable into a small bag then it’s probably lightweight. Buying a lightweight blanket is much more ideal for beach than lugging around a heavy blanket that isn’t breathable. Plus, no one wants to carry around a heavy blanket on a hot summer day!
  • Thin: This may not be everyone’s preference, but lightweight and compactable blankets tend to also be thin. A thinner blanket does not mean it’s less durable, but thinner fabrics may be better suited for a blanket that will be in the sun a lot. Also, this can help with the breathability of the blanket. No one wants to lay on a thick and heavy blanket at the beach!

Mad Grit Beach Blanket

This XL family size beach blanket, has all the gadgets to give you and your family the perfect day at the beach without the hassle of laying on a sandy towel. It can fit 12 adults sitting or 7 adults laying with some room for your beach bags. The blanket itself is a 9 by 10 foot lightweight blanket made of parachute nylon. This makes the blanket extremely lightweight but also incredibly durable, and the sand falls right through the blanket. Allowing you to be sand free while soaking up the rays. This also includes 5 sand pouches in order to keep your blanket on the beach during a windy day, compression straps, a carrying pouch, stuff sack bag, and a Mad Grit bottle opener.

Pros:

  • Washable
  • Does not hold sand
  • Lightweight & breathable material
  • Large blanket
  • Can be used for many purposes: picnic blanket, ground cover, roof shade cover, etc

Cons:

  • Blanket can snag on attached bottle opener

WildHorn Outfitters Sand Escape Beach Blanket

This must-have beach blanket measures 9 by 7 feet, making it a great size to fit the entire family for a fun filled day at the beach. This Sand Escape Beach Blanket comes in a bag with compression straps, compacting it into a tiny carrier so lugging your beach belongings won’t be as much of a hassle. This beach blanket is made of lightweight and tear resistant nylon fabric and has 4 sand pockets to anchor the blanket to the beach.  The nylon material of the blanket allows sand to drift through the blanket, instead of sticking to the top like most blankets. This beach blanket is available in 4 different colors to match your beach aesthetic.

Pros:

  • Compact & lightweight
  • Covers a large area
  • Sand does not stick to blanket
  • Affordable
  • Can used for many other purposes
  • Easily fits family of 4

Cons:

  • Gets we easily
  • Material can get hot from sand & sun

Kahuna Parachute Beach Blanket

This beach blanket is sure to fit the whole family, and keep the sand on the beach where it belongs. This parachute blanket packs into a small pouch, that can clip onto a backpack or your beach bag for easy carrying. It’s made with sand pockets to keep the blanket down on a windy day, and also comes with ground stakes that you can use to anchor the blanket down. There is a built-in zippered pocket to keep personal items that also conveniently keeps your items out of sight in public areas. It measures 8 by 8 feet, making this blanket definitely large enough for a 4-person family, and it’s available in 4 different colors!

Pros:

  • Washable
  • Large size
  • Compacts into bag
  • Very lightweight
  • Keeps sand off blanket
  • Dries quickly

Cons:

  • Stakes are not very long
  • Very lightweight so no padding if you’re on a bump surface

Peshtemal Light Weight Beach Blanket

Looking for a beach blanket that still has the soft feeling of a towel? This blanket is 100% cotton peshtemal. Peshtemal is a type of cotton that is usually found in Turkish towels, having extra-long fibers which makes them softer and much more luxurious. This blanket measures 63 by 86 inches, making it a great size for a beach blanket, picnic blanket, or as a tablecloth. This material makes it extremely lightweight, quick drying, and eco-friendly. Because these blankets are so lightweight, they are easily compactable, giving you more room in your beach bag. Wanting a larger blanket? This beach blanket has buttons that makes it connectable! It’s also available in 10 different color options, allowing you to find your favorite beach blanket look!

Pros:

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Washable
  • Becomes softer with each wash
  • Versatile – can be used as a bed blanket & many other purposes
  • Very well-made

Cons:

  • Will not keep sand off
  • Can snag easily

Laguna Summer Outdoor Blanket

This blanket is made for the outdoors! With durability in mind, this blanket was made for outings like picnics, a day on the beach, or camping in the wilderness. To withstand the elements, this blanket is made with a waterproof bottom layer, making it great for keeping sand from sticking on your blanket. Unlike many other blankets, this one could handle wet sand without making the whole blanket absorb the moisture. It has a fleece top layer, available in 2 different colors. It comes with a case to keep your blanket in with a backpack strap, and a pocket for all of your personal belongings. Measuring 72 by 57 inches, this beach blanket can easily fit 2 adults.

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Machine washable
  • Soft & fuzzy
  • Sand does not stick to bottom
  • Stylish patterns

Cons:

  • Not very large for family blanket

Roebury Sandproof Beach Mat

Looking for a water resistant blanket? This is the one! This 100% polyester blanket is sure to keep the moisture away, like wet sand or grass. This durable blanket will ensure that the stand stays on the beach with its durable and water resistant backing. It also has padding to make your experience a little more comfy when laying on outdoor surfaces like uneven sand or dirt. This beach blanket is measured 55 by 70 inches, making it suitable for 2 people to lay on. It comes with a zippered tote that the blanket compacts into, making traveling with this blanket lightweight and stress free! This beach blanket not only has a waterproof coating, but it’s also BPA-free and due to its smooth inner lining, can easily be wiped down from outdoor festivities.

Pros:

  • Water resistant
  • Available in 3 colors/patterns
  • Versatile – can be used as a pillow or stadium seat cushion
  • Machine washable
  • Compacts into zippered tote
  • Great customer service

Cons:

  • Some think it’s hard to zipper into tote
  • Higher priced blanket for material

CampMe Premium Outdoor Beach Blanket

Love to go to the beach, but hate the feeling of the sand sticking to you and your blanket? This CampMe beach blanket is sand proof! It has an inner and outer square, with the outer square made of a mesh material in order to let the sand stay off the rest of the blanket. This blanket is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if you’re blanket is put on wet sand and or kids run on the blanket after jumping in the ocean. It’s extremely lightweight, weighing under 2 pounds, and it compacts into a small carrying bag to make traveling easier. This beach blanket comes also comes with 4 metal stakes so you’re blanket stays on the beach even during those windy summer days.

Pros:

  • Repels water
  • Allows sand escape back to beach
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Does not get hot in the sun
  • Comes with 4 stakes
  • Material easily wipes clean

Cons:

  • Only available in 1 color

Benevolence LA Mexican Blanket Sand Blanket

Looking to give a beach blanket as a gift? This blanket is not only great for the beach but also for a great cause. When you buy a Benvolence blanket, you are giving back to a community. These blankets provide clean water for villages in Africa, and the mission of this company is to spread generosity. This chi blanket is perfect for the beach! It measures 65 by 40 inches, and is made of 100% acrylic. Unlike of Mexican blankets, these are not itchy and get softer with each wash! Not only are these great beach blankets with their vibrant designs and durability. Plus, this is a great gift for anyone who’s always outdoors! They are available in 5 different vibrant colors.

Pros:

  • Great gift
  • Machine washable
  • Comfortable texture
  • Thick
  • Versatile – can be used as blanket, yoga mat, or other outdoor activities
  • Becomes softer with each wash

Cons:

  • Some believe not as soft as advertised
  • Smaller than other beach blankets

El Paso Designs Mexican Beach Blanket

If you’re looking for a cheap blanket with a stylish design, you’ve found the one. This Mexican Falsa blanket brings a taste of Mexico to the beach side! This blanket measures 47 by 68 inches, making it a spacious personal beach blanket. It’s made of a mix of acrylic and cotton recycled fibers, making this beach blanket eco-friendly. They’re also incredibly durable, as they’re handwoven and imported from Mexico. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Available in 24 different colors, you’re sure to find the blanket that best fits your beach aesthetic. Although it does not come with the product, there is a blanket carry strap available for purchase.

Pros:

  • Handwoven from Mexico
  • Versatile – can be used for yoga, camping, picnicking, or home décor
  • Made out of recycle fibers
  • Available in many different colors
  • Inexpensive
  • Machine washable
  • Very soft

Cons:

  • Shed lots of fuzz
  • Colors may not be completely true to picture

A Few Other Qualities to Consider

Here are just a few other tips and tricks for your beach blanket buy.

  • Find a blanket that’s washable. Just in case little George spills ketchup and stains the beach blanket, you know you can throw it in the washing machine and it will look brand new. Plus, an outdoor blanket should always be washable.
  • Find a blanket that’s versatile. Beach blankets have a lot of qualities that you may be looking for in other outdoor blankets. Save the money, and make sure your blanket can be used for other outdoor activities like camping or picnics.
  • Find a large blanket. Even if you don’t plan on going to beach with the whole family, it usually smart to invest in the larger blankets. This way, you have the option to hold more people and you can reserve a larger spot on the beach!
  • Find a blanket with a personal belongings pockets. While this may not be completely necessary, it’s definitely incredibly convenient. These pockets are great places to put your keys, wallet, and phone if you don’t like lugging around a large beach bag.

Arriving to the beach with a suitable beach blanket is a necessity, and it’s not a large investment. Most beach blankets are under $30, meaning after a family of 4, it’s probably the same amount of money it costs you to get into the beach. Preparing yourself for a fun day outside will only let the fun continue even when you have to pack up to go home. No more trails of sand in your car with a sand proof beach blanket! Plus, many of these beach blankets can also be used for other outdoor activities such as camping, picnics, seat cushions, yoga, and much more. And, most come in stylish patterns/colors so you can find your spot in the mist of others at the beach.

About Kelsey Woodbridge Kelsey is a lover of anything comfy, especially her bed. In fact, you will most likely find her in her bed drafting a new article, watching New Girl, or just lounging in fuzzy socks.


Having a baby is an incredibly beautiful experience, but buying all their necessities is not. Whether you’re pregnant, already had your baby, or shopping for a baby shower, there are a lot of baby products out there and it can be extremely overwhelming. Even the task of finding a cute baby blanket can seem daunting, as thousands of items can pop up for swaddle. There are many more baby necessities that may have moved up the “To Buy” list, since after all, a baby blanket seems like such a simple buy.

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Unfortunately, there are many different types of baby blankets that serve different purposes. Also, there can be a lot of concerns from moms or soon-to-be-moms of the safety of certain baby blankets. Purchases for your baby aren’t just about style, but about safety, usability, versatility, and cleanliness. After all, no mom wants to purchase their child a blanket then find out after they’ve spilled their morning cereal on it, that it’s not machine washable. Lucky for you, we’ve detailed the different kinds of baby blankets, the best baby blanket materials, the safety concerns for baby blankets, and then the best baby blankets to buy.

Different Kinds of Baby Blankets

  • Receiving Blankets: These are the most popular baby blankest, as they are the most versatile and tend to be lightweight. Usually mom’s will have receiving blankets to clean up after the baby, lay the baby down on the floor, cover the baby, or just to clean up after the baby.
  • Security Blankets: This type of blanket is, just as the name implies, meant to make the baby feel secure. These blankets are usually made of soft plush or fleece, and may have a stuffed animal attached to it. Tending to be more durable, these blankets are usually kept through childhood as a memory.
  • Swaddling Blankets: These blankets are used to keep the baby enveloped in order to feel secured and relaxed. Usually these tend to be thin blankets or sheets. The idea behind the use of swaddling is to create the same feeling the baby felt when they were in the womb, and this keeps the baby calm.
  • Crib Blankets: These blankets are used in the baby’s crib. Crib blankets, not only are great at keeping the baby comfy, but they are a great way to decorate your baby’s nursery.
  • Sleep Sacks: While sleeping in a sack may not seem like the most ideal sleeping situation, it’s a very safe option for your baby. Opposed to a traditional blanket, in which your baby can easily cover your face, or become tangled, a sleeping sack offers warmth and comfort of a blanket that stays in place.

Best Baby Blanket Materials

Overwhelmed by all the options online for baby blankets? When searching for the best baby blanket materials, it’s safe to say the lighter and softer, the better. Baby’s skin is much more sensitive than ours, making harsher blanket materials not ideal like wool. Light materials such as organic cotton, cotton fleece, Muslim cotton, satin, or polyester are much better options for your baby. Polyester is also a hypoallergenic fabric, making it great if you’re baby has had allergic reactions to other fabrics. These fabrics are also much more breathable, so you’re baby doesn’t overheat.

Baby Blanket Safety Concerns

I’m sure you’ve seen the many headlines about SIDS, or the sudden infant death syndrome. It’s a cause for fear in any parent that’s expecting a little one, even if it’s not your first child. While laying your baby on their back to sleep can help lower their risk of SIDS, the bedding and blankets you choose for your baby can also be a factor. It’s recommended not to place your baby with any bulky or loose bedding while they go to sleep. Putting a blanket or quilt in your baby’s crib could smother or suffocate them, and sleep sacks are great alternatives. In case your baby does get cold at night or need to cuddle up with something besides a swaddle, a sleep sack is a great alternative to a blanket. There are also other products on the market similar to swaddles that will make it easier for your baby to sleep, while also not compromising their safety.

HALO SleepSack Microfleece Swaddle

This wearable baby blanket is a great purchase if you’re concerned about the security of your baby sleeping with a blanket. Made out of micro fleece fabric, this blanket is incredibly soft, keeping your baby warm and comfortable throughout the night. This 2-way swaddle, is a great option when you’re trying to transition to stop swaddling. There is an arms-in option to prevent the startle reflex, a hands-to-face option so the baby can self-sooth, or arms-out that allows an easy transition from swaddling for the baby. The SleepSack Saddle has great features such as an inverted zipper to make diaper changes much easier, without unswaddling your baby. There are adjustable fasteners on the sides to get the perfect fit for your baby. This swaddle has also been recognized by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for being hip healthy, making this the best baby blanket to keep your baby safe while sleeping!

Pros:

  • Used by hospitals!
  • Come in different sizes & fabrics
  • Sense of security will help baby sleep longer
  • Sturdy Velcro
  • Great transition piece from swaddling

Cons:

  • Can get too warm
  • Preemie size is not available in all fabric choices
  • Fleece can be very thick

Luxuriously Soft Baby Blanket

This baby blanket is the perfect amount of softness for baby snuggles. Made out of plush Faux Mink, you can definitely feel it’s ultra-soft qualities. This blanket is 30 inches by 40 inches, making it the perfect size to take on the go, put in a diaper bag, in the car, to use as a changing pad if needed, or to simply use at home. Not only is this blanket incredibly warm, but it’s machine washable on a delicate cycle, making this blanket extremely easy to clean after all accidents by your little one. It comes in a very versatile and classic design that makes this blanket timeless. Available in 4 colors, you have the option to match room décor or your little one’s favorite color!

Pros:

  • Extremely soft
  • Can also be used for baby animals
  • Great color selections
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Small blanket – best for newborns
  • Some believe it’s too thin

Newborn Baby Swaddle Blanket

This swaddle blanket for newborns is extremely adorable, and a great baby blanket. Unlike other swaddle blankets, this one does not have adjustments to make the blanket tight around the baby, like wrapping a swaddle around them would do. This baby blanket is more of a baby sleeping bag. It’s made out of a knit cotton blend, keeping the baby very warm during the colder months or when they’re a newborn. There is cute detailing to replicate the look of a knit sweater, with buttons (fixed without holes) and the knit braided detailing on the front. Available in grey or white, this blanket could be for a boy or a girl and for babies up to 12 months old. This is a great gift for a winter baby!

Pros:

  • Comfy cotton blend material
  • Cute knit sweater design
  • Unisex
  • Available in grey or white
  • Great for winter babies

Cons:

  • Some wished the sides were completely sewn up (no openings between buttons)
  • Better fit if not as wide & longer
  • Only fits newborns up to 4 months

Swaddle Blanket Organic Muslin Bamboo

Looking for a lightweight blanket? These organic Muslim bamboo blankets are great for swaddling without overheating your baby. These premium bamboo blankets not only are strong, breathable, and keep their color, but they get softer with each wash. This product comes as a set of 3, with 3 different cute styles for your little one. These organic bamboo blankets can be used as burp cloths, stroller covers, car seat canopies, toddler blankets, or any other uses you may run into with your baby. These blankets are also quite large, measuring 47 inches by 47 inches, which makes them great for any purpose you may run into. Even better, they’re machine washable, and the color stays through many washes!

Pros:

  • 100% organic bamboo blankets
  • Very soft, lightweight, & breathable
  • Great large size
  • Come in cute patterns
  • Great travel blankets
  • Become softer with each wash

Cons:

  • Slightly pricey

Baby Blanket & Rattle Gift Set

If you’re looking for a great baby blanket gift, this Baby Blanket & Rattle Gift Set is perfect! This is a great receiving baby blanket for first time moms that are looking for a great staple, and want the extra rattle to keep their little one occupied! This blanket is measured 30 inches by 40 inches, and made out of 100% polyester, making for an extremely soft blanket. It’s not too heavy and very cozy, making this blanket versatile no matter the occasion. It can be used during tummy time, in their playpen, as a quilt for a crib, a stroller blanket, or whenever you may need a soft surface for your baby. The rattle is also made of a 100% polyester cover and has cottons stuffing. Additionally, this blanket is made to be unisex, so it’s a great gift during a gender reveal or for parents that don’t want to release the gender of their baby yet!

Pros:

  • Very soft
  • Includes a rattle
  • Great unisex gift for baby
  • Fun & vibrant colors
  • Versatile blanket
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Embroidered words can seem stiff

Bearington Baby Lil’ Spout Snuggler

What’s better then a baby having a favorite blanket and a favorite stuffed animal? A favorite stuffed animal blanket! This product combines the two, creating a cute security blanket for your little one. This blanket is an ultra-soft grey velour blanket with satin lining attached to a plush stuffed animal elephant head and arms. This blanket is measured as 15 inches tall, making it just the right size for infants to cuddle with and toddlers to drag around with them. Incredibly soft, this stuffed animal blanket is sure to become your baby’s most cherished blanket. Fortunately, it is machine washable so you’ll able to keep it clean through whatever adventures they may take it on. This blanket is widely available in 16 different colors and stuffed animals, so you’re sure to find your child’s favorite animal!

Pros:

  • Incredibly soft
  • Great size to cuddle & carry around
  • Available in 16 different colors & stuffed animals
  • Machine washable
  • Cute gift

Cons:

  • Blanket can easily be torn after child gets teeth
  • Difference in quality for returning customers

Hudson Baby Double Layer Blanket

If you’re just looking for a simple baby blanket, this is the one for you. This blanket is the perfect snuggle companion. This double layered blanket is made of polyester, with soft fleece on one side and fluffy Velboa on the other. If you tend to keep the house very cool where the baby will sleep or it’s during the colder months, this blanket is great for keeping your little one warm. To fit most babies, this blanket is 30 inches by 40 inches, and comes in 8 different patterns and colors. It can be used as a blanket during tummy time, a stroller cover, a travel blanket, after bath snuggles, or even as a toddler’s “blankie”. It’s so comfy, you might have to hide it if you have pets!

Pros:

  • 8 different patterns & colors
  • Double layered
  • Affordable
  • Great size for a baby or toddler
  • Extremely cozy!

Cons:

  • The Sherpa side may become less soft with each wash
  • Too short for toddler bed

Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle

Are you looking for a baby blanket that will keep your little one asleep at night? Some babies have trouble sleeping due to fussiness, twitches, or they cannot stop scratching their face. This can be extremely frustrating as a parent that needs their sleep as well. This Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle is a great if you have a baby that breaks out of swaddles easily. This swaddle does not have any Velcro, so your baby won’t startle when you need to undo the swaddle to just change a diaper. Also, due to the arm flap design, you don’t have to undo their arms just to change a diaper, you can simply untuck their legs for easy access, especially during the night. This baby blanket is made of 100% cotton and is available in 7 different styles and colors!

Pros:

  • Great for fussy babies that do not stay in other swaddle blankets
  • No Velcro
  • 100% cotton
  • Do not need to undo arms to change diaper
  • Available in 7 different colors & styles

Cons:

  • As the baby gets bigger it’s harder to fasten the end
  • May not work for some newborns

Large Personalized Baby Blanket

Wanting a more personalized baby blanket? This blanket will give you the customization to gift an adorable baby blanket, or is a great buy for a nursey addition. Unlike most baby blankets, this one is much larger, measuring 36 by 36 inches. Made out of fleece, the inside of the blanket is extremely soft and plush, while the edges are lined with satin. This presents a luxurious personalized baby blanket, but without a hefty price tag. This blanket comes in pink or blue, with the option to add a name, a bunny scroll design, and a multi-line text option. With quick turnaround time for a custom order, this is a great baby shower gift or even as a toddler’s blanket.

Pros:

  • Option to customize
  • Satin lining to give a luxurious look
  • Great gift for baby shower
  • Machine washable
  • Quick turnaround time from order to completion

Cons:

  • Blanket is quite thin
  • Name is not as visible as some hoped

Baby Blanket Size

Does the size of the baby blanket matter? It depends on your use for the baby blanket. Most general baby blankets are 30 inches by 30 inches or 30 inches by 40 inches. Swaddle blankets can range in size but most likely you want to look for ones that are 40 inches by 40 inches and larger. Baby blankets that will grow into their toddler blankets, and carry around, are usually much smaller. As you may have noted, the stuffed animal blanket above was only 15 inches long, but this makes it much easier for the child to carry around their own blanket, as children usually like to take these with them everywhere. A typical rectangle crib blanket is usually 40 by 60 inches, however it isn’t recommended to keep a blanket in the crib while you’re baby sleeps. Overall, the size of the blanket isn’t the most prominent factor when buying a baby blanket, it’s the heaviness of the blanket and the breathability that are more important.

All in all, you want a blanket for your baby that will keep them comfortable, asleep, or secure. There are options that wrap around your baby to keep fussiness at bay, which will in turn improve their sleep. There are also sleep slacks that work as an enclosed blanket, so it isn’t harmful to stay in the crib with the baby while they sleep. Then there are general baby blankets that can be used for many purposes ranging from tummy time on the floor, to a stroller cover at an amusement park. Blankets are a great investment for a baby, as they usually hold on to these for a long time and become very attached to them during their childhood. They’re also incredibly great gifts if you’re attending a baby shower soon, and are stumped for ideas! Who doesn’t love a comfy blanket?

About Kelsey Woodbridge Kelsey is a lover of anything comfy, especially her bed. In fact, you will most likely find her in her bed drafting a new article, watching New Girl, or just lounging in fuzzy socks.


Temperature is a touchy subject in most households. Central air conditioning and heating can raise the electricity bills to astronomical amounts when you’re not paying close attention. And after you’ve come to a happy medium about the right temperature, not everyone’s happy. Whether it’s during the colder months of the year, or during the summer when the AC is blasting too high for your taste, an electric blanket is a great investment.

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Nowadays there are so many different types of electric blankets, you can find one for every need and situation. Electric blankets aren’t just great uses at home to keep the electrical bill down, but electric throws are great for offices that keep the AC on full blast and as travel blankets!

Different Types of Electric Blankets

Electric blankets all have the same purpose: to keep you warm. However, you have a few options to decide which kind of electric blanket you may specifically be looking for.

Electric over-blanket: This is the electric blanket you place on your bed, usually on top of your bedding to keep you warm during the night or while you lay in bed. These blankets are typically designed to be lightweight, so they feel like a top sheet or blanket. Depending on the size of bedding you have, these blankets tend to have 2 controllers to regulate heat on both sides of the bed. The cords are most likely designed to go between your mattress and box spring, and then plugged into the nearest outlet.

Electric under-blanket: Similar to an over-blanket, an electric under-blanket goes on your bed like a mattress pad. This goes on the top of your mattress, and under your sheets so the warmth is coming from underneath you. By having a blanket or sheet on top of you as well, this will trap the heat in, keeping the heat in all night long. These electric blankets also usually have controllers on both sides of the bed for bigger bed sizes.

Electric throw blanket: This electric throw blanket is usually smaller than the other 2 options, and is great for providing warmth anywhere. Unlike the over-blanket or the under-blanket, this electric blanket isn’t necessarily made to go on the bed, although that’s still an option! This type of blanket has a simple controller and a cord that plugs into the nearest outlet. Whether you need a heated blanket in the office, while you travel, or when you’re sitting on the couch, this blanket is great for any purpose.

Features in Electric Blankets

There are many different features that electric blankets can have, and deciding which ones are important to you, will help narrow down your options!

  • Time Programming: Some electric blankets have the option to program when your heating blanket turns on and off, allowing your bed to be warm when you crawl into it. This feature makes your electric blanket feel like luxury!
  • Heat Settings: Many electric blankets don’t just have on and off buttons. Heat settings can range from low, medium high, to 10 different settings. This makes the blanket more versatile, and you can find your perfect temperature.
  • Dual Controls: A lot of electric blankets that are made for the bed have 2 controllers if they’re a full bed size and larger. This allows for couples to each have their own controller on their side of the bed, and control the heat on their side of the blanket. No compromising is required!
  • Overheating Protection: A lot of electric blankets have an automatic shut-off feature to prevent the blanket from overheating. On electric throw blankets this tends to be around 3 hours, and on blankets for the bed it could be as high as 10 hours.
  • Temperature Sensors: More intuitive electric blankets can sensor your body temperature as well as the temperature around you to adjust the heat. This uses infrared heating, bringing warmth that’s the perfect temperature.
  • Extra Foot Warmth: Some heated blankets may be designed to have a higher temperature at the feet, or foot pockets to ensure the blanket stays on your feet and keeps them warm.

Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw

This is a great economical option, if you’re looking for an electric throw blanket! Available in 6 different color options, this throw blanket also different in price based on what color you buy. If you’re looking for the best bargain, compare colors! It’s made out of 100% polyester MicroPlush fabric, making it incredibly soft and great for lounging around the house. This throw blanket is 50 inches by 60 inches, making it the perfect option to keep in your living room or bedroom when you’re feeling a little cold. It has a lighted controller with 3 warming settings, and a 3 hour auto off function. There is a 6-foot-long cord, so you can plug in your electric blanket to the nearest outlet without a problem.

Pros:

  • Long cord
  • Ultra-plush microfiber (very soft)
  • Economical
  • Machine washable & dryer safe
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Controller can get too hot & melt
  • Does not heat around edges of blanket

Utopia Bedding Electric Micro-Mink Throw

Looking for an electrical blanket, but don’t want to overheat? Then, this is the heated blanket for you. Perfect to keep on the sofa or your bed, this throw is 50 inches by 60 inches long. It’s made out of 100% polyester on the foam base, offering great insulation for those cold nights. This micromink electric throw is lightweight, unlike other bulkier blankets, making it the best electric blanket for those that get cold very easily. It has thinner and more flexible wiring, so it lays flat inside the blanket. This means, you won’t feel all the wiring while cuddling up with your blanket. Another feature, is it’s 3 hour auto shut off feature to make sure you and your blanket don’t overheat.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Thin wiring
  • Extremely soft
  • Great size for throw blanket
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • No color options
  • Does not get very hot

Shavel Home Products Thermee Electric Blanket

This Shavel Thermee Electric Blanket checks all the boxes for durability. Made to place on your bed as a comforter or blanket, this Shavel Electric Blanket has 7 layers of warmth. It’s made of heated micro flannel. The soft wiring is placed between an electrical damping cloth, then a layer of polyester on the top and bottom around this. Another layer of soft micro flannel is then on the front and back, quilted together with a satin hem for a stylish touch. Available in 9 different colors, you’re sure to find a color that will match your bedding, and room décor! Packaged with control units for each side of the bed, the controller cords go between the mattress and box spring to the end of the headboard, so you don’t see the wires.

Pros:

  • Warms up fast
  • Great quality, thick blanket
  • Ability to get very warm
  • Can’t feel the wires

Cons:

  • Controllers do not have light to adjust settings at night
  • Heavy
  • Pricey

Sunbeam Microplush Throw Electric Warming

If you have pets, you might have to share this blanket. This electric throw is soft to the touch! Made out of velvet plush, this blanket is sure to keep you warm on those cool nights or when you want to save energy and keep the thermostat cooling during the winter. It’s 50 inches by 60 inches, making it the perfect sized throw to have in the living room while you’re watching a movie or in the bedroom when your comforter just isn’t providing enough heat. It has a ThermoFine warming system, composed of 3 heat settings and a 3 hour auto shut off feature, so it doesn’t overheat. Included is a 5-year warranty, making it a great investment! However, you may have to share it with your furry friends, as many reviews have stated their pets loved it as well.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Very comfortable plush fabric
  • Holds heat well
  • Attracts pets
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Cord is not long enough for controller
  • Controller is very sensitive to movements

Biddeford MicroPlush Analog Electric Blanket

This electric blanket is definitely more on the pricey side, but is also more substantial. Equipped with 10 heating settings and a 10 hour auto shut off, this blanket has a wider range of heating capabilities, which allows premium comfort for everyone. Depending on the bed size of your choice, this blanket either has 1 or 2 controllers, allowing users to regulate the heat directly from their bedside. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to warm up to the temperature you desire, and after that you can adjust it accordingly to your needs. This blanket can also be used on the couch or wherever you need a little more heat to get through the colder months. Made out of MicroPlush material, this blanket is machine washable and can be dried on a low temperature.

Pros:

  • 10 heat settings
  • Warms up fast
  • Great customer service
  • Machine washable & can be dried on low temp

Cons:

  • Arrived with odor
  • No light indication of auto shut off
  • Only available in 1 color

Beautyrest Heated Electric Throw

Just as the brand name suggests, this electric blanket will give you the beauty rest you need. Or, the relaxation you need. Find yourself always having cold feet? Unlike the other electric blankets, this one comes with foot pockets, making sure your feet are covered with optimum warmth. Perfect for a living room throw, or an extra layer of warmth if you’re office is incredibly cold, this electric blanket offers 3 heating settings. It has an auto-shut off feature after 2 hours with UL/ETL safety standards. This Beautyrest heated electric blanket also comes with a 6-foot-long cord that attaches at the bottom of the blanket, making it extremely usable in any space with an outlet close by. It’s also machine washable, and able to tumble dry on low heat.

Pros:

  • Foot pockets to keep feet warm
  • 52 by 62 inches
  • 5-year warranty & 30-day free return
  • Lightweight feel

Cons:

  • Only available in 1 color
  • Less heat at the foot of the blanket

Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw Blanket

This stylish electric blanket is great for those looking for a heated throw, or even a travel heated throw! This Sunbeam blanket is 50 by 60 inches, making it perfect for a travel blanket if you tend to get cold during long flights. Made with MicroPlush comfort, this blanket is made with microfiber on both sides of the blanket. This makes for easy washing, and also keeps the blanket lightweight. While this blanket is more thin, so are the wires, so they don’t get in the way of cuddling up for a warm snuggle. It has 3 different heat settings, allowing the user to adjust the heat to their desired temperature, with a 3-hour auto-off feature. It’s machine washable and dryer safe as well!

Pros:

  • Stylish pattern
  • Warm & cozy
  • Not rigid
  • Lightweight
  • Machine washable & dryer safe

Cons:

  • Cord doesn’t reach across full blanket
  • Only 1 pattern option

BioSmart Low-Voltage Electric Blanket

Worried about the hazards of having an electric blanket? This BioSmart product is the best electric blanket, if you are concerned about safety. It has a pulsed, low-voltage DC current, which eliminates of the risk of electromagnetic radiation and other health concerns with heated blankets. This blanket uses infrared heating to bring warmth without making you sweaty. This blanket will not produce hot spots either, ensuring the blanket is evenly warm all over. Not only is it safe, but it’s comfy! This blanket is multi-layered with fabrics, making is the perfect plush blanket to add to your mattress during those excruciating cold months. This BioSmart blanket comes with 2 wireless remote controls for each side of the bed, and a 5-year warranty as well.

Pros:

  • Multi-layered comfort
  • Built with safety in mind
  • Wireless remotes
  • 5-year warranty
  • Controlled by your own body heat

Cons:

  • Controllers are hard to see in dark
  • Heat does not cover the edges
  • Expensive

SunBeam Quilted Heated Mattress Pad

If you’re looking for an electric blanket that goes under your sheets and on top of your mattress, this option is made just for that. This is an electric under-blanket, or a mattress pad. This is a great option for the colder times of the year, and also if you want to be “cocooned” in by warmth. This comes with dual controllers, meaning there is a controller for each side of the bed, and you don’t have to have your settings the same as your spouses. It has 10 heating settings so if you tend to be cold at night all year round, you have the option to keep this mattress pad on and set to a lower setting. Made out of 100% polyester, this electric under-blanket is soft quilted, machine washable, and dryer safe.

Pros:

  • Dual controllers
  • 10 heating settings
  • Machine washable and dryer safe
  • 5-year warranty
  • Pre-heating function
  • Even heating

Cons:

  • May be able to feel wires
  • Can be very warm on low settings
  • Plug is at the foot of the bed

Which is the Best Electric Blanket for You?

There are many different electric blankets on the market today, and a lot of them look the same. Here are a few points that may help you determine which is the best electric blanket for you.

  • Why do you want an electric blanket? Do you find yourself cold while you’re sleeping or are you looking for a blanket that will keep you warm while you’re sitting on the couch watching a movie? An electric throw blanket can be used anywhere with an outlet, however an electric over-blanket or an electric under-blanket are made to specifically warm you will you’re sleeping.
  • Are you concerned about safety? Many blankets have an auto-shut off feature that prevents the blankets from overheating, but this does not stop some controllers from melting or starting to melt. If you’re main concern is safety, investing in a more expensive electric blanket with temperature sensors is a great way to ensure whoever is using this blanket is safe.
  • Do you want the heat to come from on top of you or below you? As mentioned above, there are electric over-blankets and electric under-blankets. Under-blankets are similar to mattress pads with heating capabilities, while an over-blanket is a heated blanket or sheet on top of you. Both work great, so this is a personal preference.
  • Is it important that your electric blanket is machine washable and dryable? Many electric blankets are safe to machine wash, and tumble dry on low, but be sure before buying that yours is too!

Beat the colds months, and high electric bills with an electric blanket. Not only are these an amazing Christmas presents for family members that are always cold, but they’re great for those that work in freezing air conditioned offices every day. Sometimes regular blankets just don’t provide the heat you need. Electric blankets can also work wonders to sooth aches and pains in the body, making them great for those with chronic pain or long-term illnesses. Next time you reach for a blanket, reach for an electric blanket.

About Kelsey Woodbridge Kelsey is a lover of anything comfy, especially her bed. In fact, you will most likely find her in her bed drafting a new article, watching New Girl, or just lounging in fuzzy socks.