For as long as I can remember I have had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I struggle forever to fall asleep, wake up at 4 a.m. and can’t quiet my mind, and my brain goes into overdrive, hopping from money worries to future shopping lists to impending story deadlines. When my alarm goes off in the morning, I wake up dazed, confused, and exhausted. And guess what, I’m not the only one. According to a study published by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, about 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year. After years of restless tranquility I heard about the Gravity Blanket and decided to try it out.
Gravity Upgraded Cooling Blanket with cover, queen size
Just like the original blanket but perfect for hot sleepers. The duvet cover is made of cooling lyocell, a vegetable textile. The queen size blanket weighs 35 pounds, which is a good weight for two adults. Available in eight colors including forest green, dusty pink and gray (shown here).
$236 at Amazon
Enter the weighted blanket
After years of restless calm, I heard about the Gravity Blanket. It’s a weighted blanket that, according to the manufacturer, offers “deep touch pressure stimulation” to boost your mood and promote restful sleep. The science behind these blankets isn’t conclusive, but to put it simply, because you’re all snug in them, you kick and slide around less and, in theory, sleep much better. The blankets come in different weights to accommodate different sized sleepers and personal preferences.
Now, I’m not a scientist. I barely passed botany in college. So I don’t know why, but the Gravity Blanket works! When I get under it, it feels like the best kind of warm, all-encompassing hug. I chose the lightest version because I often get hot at night; it’s really good for me. Not too hot, not too cold and weighed the ideal amount. Unlike your average thin blanket, it doesn’t shift or roll or roll on the floor. It stays put – heavy and velvety – and gives a feeling of deep calm, so you can just exhale. I can only compare it to the peace that would descend on my newborn baby if I swaddled him.
I slept through the night under my new velvety bed companion for two weeks.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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