Do you know what can we do with bags of rice?
A weighted blanket that allows you to calm down and sleep better at night!
You are wondering where did I find this idea?
When the body feels the pressure and heat of the blanket, it secretes well-being hormones (serotonin) and hormones that regulates sleep (melatonin). These hormones are good for a peaceful rest all along the night.
Children's hospitals use this trick with patients who suffer from insomnia or who have restless sleep.
This lady's son is always agitated and often wakes up at night: so she decided to make a weighted blanket using plastic bags, rice and duct tape, it is almost a seamless cover. A real weighted blanket costs around $100 in store, she did it for $15!
To make her son's weighted blanket she used 35 bags of plastic and 5 pounds of rice (10% of her 3-year-old son's weight + 1 pound). A cheaper option would would be to use sand. And it would bother me to waste food ... But it's up to you!
She spreads the rice (or sand!) in the bags, she has 5 rows of 7 bags.
With duct tape (a lot of duct tape!), she glued the bags hermetically: the rice can not go out, the bags are completely covered.
Once this collage is finished, simply slide it into a duvet cover or between two blankets.
The weight of the blanket lulls restless children, but also adults who have difficulty to sleep: this could be the solution for your insomnia.