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Gravity Blanket review: Why it’s worth buying



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  • The Gravity Blanket is a weighted blanket that’s
    intended to help you feel less stressed and sleep
  • The blanket began as a Kickstarter campaign, which
    raised more than $4.7 million. Now, Gravity says the blanket
    has netted more than $15 million in sales. 
  • I tested the blanket — along with Gravity’s weighted
    sleep mask — for a few weeks and got some of the best sleep of
    my life. 
  • The Gravity Blanket helped my mind to stop racing and
    put me to sleep almost instantly.  

When first I got a Gravity Blanket to test out, I had
big plans for turning it into a scientific experiment. 

I would wear an Apple Watch, I reasoned, to test how my heart
rate responded to a weighted blanket. I planned to take notes
about my mood and stress levels to measure whether the blanket
could actually relax my central nervous system and calm me

The problem is, I kept falling asleep. 

For anyone who hasn’t heard of the Gravity Blanket or weighted
blankets in general, think of it like a Thundershirt for
. The concept behind weighted blankets is that
lying underneath constant and evenly distributed pressure will
produce a calming and relaxing effect. Studies have shown that
weighted vests or blankets can also help those with autism
spectrum disorders, ADHD, high anxiety, or insomnia

But at the most basic level, weighted blankets mostly just feel
like a gentle hug. 

Gravity’s version of the weighted blanket began as a Kickstarter project
in 2017. Gravity raised more than $4.7 million from nearly 24,000
backers to create a plush, single-person blanket that weighs up
to 25 pounds. 

Now, Gravity says it’s sold more than 60,000 weighted blankets,
resulting in $15 million in sales. Gravity has now expanded its
product lineup to include a weighted sleep mask, a cooling
blanket for those who “sleep hot,” and more.

I had the chance to test out the original $250 Gravity Blanket
and the $30 weighted mask for a few weeks. I offered them up to
friends, coworkers, and anyone who was willing to sit with a
20-pound blanket on top of them. For some people, the experience
felt strange and uncomfortable. Others described it as

Me? I had some of the best naps of my life.

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Size matters

The first and most important thing you need to know about the
Gravity Blanket is that it comes in varying weights.
The right blanket for you depends on your size, since it
should be equivalent to about 10% of your body weight. 

Not realizing that, I went with the 20-pound blanket and after a
few weeks of testing, found it to be slightly too heavy for me.
For most adults, 20 pounds doesn’t seem like that much, but it
can be overwhelming when you’re lying underneath it (or trying to
schlep it home on the subway). 

The other thing to know about the blanket is that it’s not the
size of a full comforter or duvet, and it’s not really meant to
be shared. It won’t replace your bedding — unless maybe you sleep
in a twin bed — and it won’t cover both you and a partner at the
same time. 

Plus, at $250, it’s one very pricey blanket.

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‘It felt like I was in the womb’

All that aside, I was curious to see if a seemingly simple —
albeit heavy — blanket would have the same effect that is usually
found with pharmaceuticals or meditation. Could it really reduce
stress and anxiety? Could it help me sleep?

I decided to offer up the Gravity Blanket to friends, my
boyfriend, and coworkers. Let’s just say that reactions were …

“It feels like an animal is laying on you,” one person

“I feel relaxed!” another told me. “But maybe it’s just a placebo

A friend came over to my house to try it and informed me that the
Gravity Blanket made him feel like he “was in the womb.” 

“I … am …. so … content,” he drowsily told me.

But for me, testing a Gravity Blanket was like taking a sleeping

I’m not someone who typically has a hard time falling or staying
asleep — actually, sleeping is one of my favorite pastimes. But
I’m not much of a napper, and I have a hard time taking “power
naps” or falling asleep when it’s still light out. 

The Gravity Blanket changed all that. 

Every time I went to go test the blanket, hoping to track how my
heart rate changed or at least document how I was feeling, I
passed right out. One night, I laid down with the blanket in the
early evening and ended up sleeping under it all night. Another
night, I used the blanket and sleep mask while in the throes of a
migraine, hoping it might alleviate some of my symptoms — I slept
for three hours and woke up with a much milder headache. 

Here’s proof, kindly snapped by my boyfriend:

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I haven’t been able to try the blanket yet without passing out
within moments, but it seems as though I’ve been reaping the
benefits of a weighted blanket, even while asleep. My mind
usually races when I’m lying in bed, and I tend to stress about
everything from what I’m going to wear the next day, to trips I
have planned months from now. The Gravity Blanket seemed to calm
my mind enough that I fell asleep instantly, time and

So while my tests certainly haven’t been scientific, I can
definitely say the Gravity Blanket helps me feel calm, relaxed —
and very, very sleepy. 

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