This Incredible Blanket Helps You Sleep at Night by Hugging You Back

Kathleen Villaluz

A new blanket called Gravity helps you sleep comfortably by simulating the feeling of being hugged or held. This Gravity blanket is engineered to be about 10% of your body weight, which creates an ideal environment that promotes restful sleep.

Rolled up Gravity blanket

[Image Source: John Fiorentino via Kickstarter]

The science behind Gravity

Blankets are usually comfortable especially when you're exhausted and just want to wrap yourself up in a ball and sleep. And although weighted blankets are the usual bedding choice in the medical community for many years, scientific studies have only recently begun to surface up regarding their measurable health benefits. The use of weighted blankets in hospitals is to calm patients that experience anxiety. Similar to calming an infant when they are restless and uncomfortable by cradling or swaddling them. The weight and pressure of an adult offer a near-instant comfort and relief effects. This same effect is thought to be simulated by weighted blankets, which is perceived to promote deep, restful sleep.

Folded up Gravity blanket

[Image Source: John Fiorentino via Kickstarter]

The Gravity design takes advantage of proprioceptive input or more commonly known as deep touch pressure stimulation. It is considered to be a therapeutic method that stimulates pressure areas around the body that can heighten mood and relaxation, which in turn improves sleeping conditions. Some of the scientific benefits of Gravity is to treat different ailments like insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other occasional stress and prolonged anxiety.
This Incredible Blanket Helps You Sleep at Night by Hugging You Back

[Image Source: John Fiorentino via Kickstarter]

The evenly distributed pressure of a Gravity blanket is intended to hug users back at night, very much like being cradled by someone. Moreover, Gravity can also be used to for relaxing home activities like reading in bed, laying on the couch, or even for meditating sessions.

Gravity blanket on a couch

[Image Source: John Fiorentino via Kickstarter]

And not forgetting that there may be users who always find it too hot underneath a blanket, Gravity is engineered with breathable materials. This ensures that the temperature under the blanket is just cool.

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To further consider a user's blanket needs, Gravity offers three weight options (15, 20 and 25 pounds) as a weighted blanket should be around 10% of your body weight. These standardized weight options are suitable for many unique anatomies. Gravity doesn't just focus on the technical aspects, it is also design conscious. The materials have been carefully sourced with stylish designs that both consider the look and feel of the product. Covers are made from high-quality, ultra-soft micro plush fleece that is easily removed for washing. The inner shell, on the other hand, is fabricated with 100% cotton. Gravity designers have taken the grid-like design patterns of gravity planes that distribute the crafted poly pellets evenly. This is how the pressure points are targeted all over your body.

Gravity blanket texture and patterns

[Image Source: John Fiorentino via Kickstarter]

The bespoke blanket is filled with high-density plastic poly pellet, which is an odorless, non-toxic, and food-grade material. This high-density plastic poly pellet material is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and is durable and user-friendly.

Where to get a Gravity blanket

You can get yourself an "Early Riser" Gravity blanket for $169 (USD) from its Kickstarter page. A whole range of different Gravity blanket products are also available with other customized features.