If you were like most kids there was nothing better than creating a cozy blanket fort, and even sweeter if you got to sleep in it. Think about bears. They hibernate in small, cozy dens and caves for just this reason.
One way sleeping in a fort seems so cozy may have to do with the weight of the blankets. In psychiatric care, weighted blankets are used for patients with anxiety. Blankets filled with pellets aid in sleep and relaxation. Psychology Today explains "These blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body," says Karen Moore, OTR/L, an occupational therapist in Franconia, N.H. Deep pressure touch helps relax the body. “Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe," says Moore.
No wonder being surrounded and covered by blankets helps you snooze. Blanket forts offered security, privacy, and a dark space that supported sleep. Likewise, tenting the bed blocks light and other stimuli and provides a psychological cue that it's time to sleep, says Karen Wang, a special needs mom blogger at Friendship Circle.
Recreate it: Set up a mock bed fort. Use a canopy bed and cover it with gauzy fabric, drape material from a headboard or hang a circular fixture from the ceiling above the bed with fabric swaths that drape along the sides.