Once upon a time, sleep came easily (and without the need for melatonin supplements, lavender bath salts and breathing techniques). But now, I’m willing to try pretty much anything to fall asleep faster. So, when I heard about the Gravity Blanket, a weighted blanket that’s currently all the rage in the fight against insomnia, I knew I had to give it a shot.
But how does a super-heavy blanket help one sleep, you ask? Here’s the lowdown: Most weighted blankets have pellets sewn into individual pockets that make up the lining and weigh between 10 and 25 pounds. The blanket’s weighted pressure is evenly distributed across your body and meant to simulate the feeling of being hugged. (Kind of like your dog’s Thunder Shirt.)
The Gravity Blanket claims to “naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation through deep pressure stimulation.” And a quick search online reveals rave gravity blanket reviews from former insomniacs now able to get a decent night's shuteye. While I was hoping it would specifically help me with sleep, the blanket can also be used on the couch while watching Law & Order: SVU reruns, meditating or basically anytime you’re in need of a warm embrace.
I slept with the 20-pound version (it offers 15-, 20- and 25-pound options depending on your body weight) at the recommendation of the company, which is a bit more than 10 percent of my body weight. The blanket is designed for one person, so it’s larger than a twin-size comforter but smaller than a full. Read: Not meant for sharing. (Sorry, husband.)