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What is a Gravity blanket?
A Gravity blanket is a type of weighted blanket.
Its weighted insert is filled with glass microbeads, making it heavier than an average blanket.
The brand Gravity began as a Kickstarter campaign and was the first to make its weighted blanket more accessible.
The blankets were created to help those with autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, and Down's syndrome. 🥰
It is also a valuable tool for those with anxiety, restlessness, and sleep disorders.
Plus, weighted Gravity blankets relax joints and muscles.
The blanket can provide sensory comfort and improve general well-being.
It distributes the weight evenly over the body and creates a natural hugging sensation. 🤗
People who use weighted blankets tend to feel rested, both physically and psychologically.
How do Gravity blankets work?
Do you ever feel irritated when something brushes over your skin? 🪶
Light sensations like these can warn of a potential threat, triggering our bodies to respond.
For many, light touch is overstimulating. 😖
On the other hand, Gravity blankets provide deep pressure stimulation.
Experts believe deep pressure can relax the nervous system, helping slow your heartbeat and breathing. 😇
Deep touch pressure therapy (DTP) is the sensation of being hugged, squeezed, stroked, or held.
Gravity blanket's founders started the company to make deep-pressure therapy available to more people.
Deep pressure stimulation can calm the mind and body, reducing anxiety and improving your mood, leading to improved sleep quality. 🧘
Essentially, the Gravity blanket stimulates and triggers the brain much like a hug.
A study on using deep pressure to assist young people with autism or developmental difficulties suggests that weighted blankets can reduce signs of anxiety in a similar way to physical touch.
Of course, Gravity blankets aren't the only ones to offer deep pressure.
The cosy Emma Hug Weighted Blanket, which is similar to the Gravity blanket, is even named after the hugging sensation it replicates.
What are the benefits of a Gravity blanket?
There are several potential Gravity blanket benefits.
Let's look at these in more detail. 🕵️
Gravity blankets reduce anxiety and stress
Gravity blankets promote the release of serotonin (the happy hormone).
They simultaneously reduce cortisol levels (the body's stress hormone). 🤯
Using a weighted blanket can stop your mind from racing by intensifying your senses, similar to meditation.
You can even use a weighted Gravity blanket when meditating. 🧘
Or, if a weighted blanket doesn't sound like your jam, why not try a massage gun?
The TheraGun Pro Massage Gun is an excellent option for those who want something to relieve tension and stress.
Gravity blankets enhance feelings of comfort
The deep pressure offered by Gravity blankets feels like a hug.
And much like a hug, the weighted Gravity blanket can promote feelings of security and comfort. 🤗
This is especially helpful for those struggling with stress disorders like anxiety or PTSD.
Gravity blankets improve sleep
With so many things constantly demanding our attention, many people struggle to relax. 😩
Of course, there are things we can do to sleep better.
One trick is to use a weighted blanket before you head to bed (during the pre-sleep stage).
One study found that weighted blankets work as a sleep aid by increasing melatonin production in young adults.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps control our sleep cycle.
By boosting melatonin, the Gravity blanket can help you fall asleep faster and get a better night's sleep. 😴
And that's not all.
Gravity blankets can decrease tossing and turning
The firm weight of Gravity blankets makes tossing and turning a challenge.
They are useful for relieving restless leg syndrome (RLS).
The pressure provided by Gravity blankets helps keeps the body still, including preventing leg movement if you get RLS.
This is great since we tend to sleep better when we're not moving around too much. 😇
Gravity blankets and behavioural disorders
Those with ADHD or ADD can struggle with hyperactivity, impulse control, and maintaining concentration and focus.
Other disabilities like Asperger's syndrome and autism can make it more challenging to communicate and recognise the expressions of others.
People with these disorders often feel overwhelmed. 😵💫
A heavy blanket can provide comfort while increasing the body's serotonin levels.
It can help with body control by enhancing focus and bringing the mind back into the present. 🤩
Gravity blankets and neurocognitive diseases
Neurocognitive diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or dementia can be highly stressful.
A weighted blanket promotes feelings of being grounded.
The deep pressure sensation can give an immediate connection to the present. 😄
This, in addition to the increases in serotonin and decreases in cortisol, may help foster a healthier mind and body.
Gravity blankets soothe arthritis and joint pain
Those suffering from chronic pain conditions like arthritis or joint pain also often struggle with depression, anxiety, and sleep.
Currently, evidence on how weighted blankets help with these types of pain is limited.
However, a recent trial found the use of a weighted blanket reduced perceptions of pain and feelings of anxiety. 😃
A weighted blanket is worth trying if you have arthritis.
But as beneficial as a Gravity blanket may be, it won't work for everyone.
So, why might you not want a Gravity blanket?
We'll take a look below. 👇
How to care for your Gravity blanket
To keep your blanket in good condition, you must follow the recommended Gravity blanket wash instructions.
All Gravity blanket covers can be machine washed at 40°C.
The glass microbead inserts (from the Original and Basic Gravity blankets) can be washed at 30°C. 🧼
However, the Balance blanket steel microbead insert is not machine washable.
Make sure you check the weight capacity of your washing machine before washing your blanket.
After washing, the blanket should be laid flat to dry for the best results.
What else does Gravity sell?
Aside from their three classic weighted blankets, Gravity sells several other sleep accessories.
- Gravity limited edition weighted blankets (including Harry Potter and Super Hero weighted blankets and the Gravity Outlast cooling weighted blanket).
- Gravity weighted blanket covers.
- Gravity pillows (including the Gravity therapeutic pillow and Gravity relax pillow).
- Gravity weighted headband.
- Gravity weighted robe.
- Gravity weighted coat.
- Gravity down comforter.
- Gravity weighted neck wrap.
- Gravity lap pad.
- Gravity acupressure mat with pillow.
- Gravity therapy vest for children.
- Gravity fragrance spray.
- Gravity weighted sleeping bag.
- Gravity somnox sleep robot.
- Gravity adaptive mattress.
The Gravity website can be a great place to shop around and find out what products are available if you are just entering the world of weighted products. 🛍️
Very few other brands offer this sort of weighted product variety.
Gravity blanket trial and returns
Technically, customers have 100 days to return or exchange a Gravity blanket.
But the process is frustrating.
Customers must email Gravity blankets for approval before returning their blankets.
Blankets can only be exchanged once and only for a blanket of different weight. 😭
Promotional and sales items are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
For a better option, we recommend the Aeyla Mela weighted blanket, which comes with free delivery and a 30-night trial.
The Aeyla blanket also comes with free no-questions-asked returns.