We’ve all have gone through the struggle of trying to sleep at night. You toss and turn, have tried counting sheep, drinking a cup of hot milk, and all other home remedies to help us fall into that much needed deep slumber. But no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to fall asleep.
For some of us, this only happens rarely when we’re nervous and our mind is restless. For quite a lot of us however, it happens very consistently, and it’s frustrating. Studies show that at least 70% of people have struggled falling asleep for at least 1 night a week in America alone. When that happens, we usually get told to get prescribed sleeping pills, but that isn’t exactly always a healthy option.
The solution to this? The Gravity blanket: a weighted blanket designed to hug you back.
Gravity blanket uses the power of deep touch stimulation to distribute pressure across your body. Designed to be around 10% of your body weight, it helps your nervous system relax by making you feel like you’re being hugged.
Now you might seem a little skeptical, but science has proven that this actually works. In fact, weighted blankets have been used in the medical industry for many years now, it just hasn’t been available to the general public. The gravity blanket uses proprioceptive input (a.k.a. “deep touch pressure stimulation”), which is a well-known therapeutic method that applies pressure to stimulate certain pressure points in your body. This has been reported to reduce cortisol levels and increase serotonin production, which decreases one’s heart rate and blood pressure, causing you to relax and fall into a deep sleep.
Hospitals have been using weighted blankets for patients with anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and circumstantial stress. Now thanks to the Gravity Blanket, we can have our own weighted blanket to ourselves.
The Gravity blanket comes in 3 variations, one that’s 15lbs, one that’s 20lbs, and one that’s 25lbs, in which you can choose which is the perfect blanket weight for you relative to your own weight.
Their Kickstarter project has been extremely successful, raising over $2.4 million out of their $21,500 goal. With over 12,000 backers, this proves just how desperately people need to get good sleep.