Having trouble sleeping after a stressful day? A new weighted blanked called Gravity promises to help. It contains poly pellets that are engineered to simulate deep touch therapy, which is a form of treatment used to comfort people with severe anxiety.
The history of weighted blankets goes back almost two decades. Keith Zivalich reportedly came up with the concept after his daughter draped a Beanie Baby over his shoulder while he was driving. The weight of the doll felt like a gentle hug, and he wondered if he could recreate the feeling on a larger scale.
He came up with the Magic Blanket, a bean-filled blanket for kids. The pressure of the comforter stimulates the release of brain chemicals like serotonin and melatonin, which improves mood and promotes restful sleep at the same time. It’s for this reason that weighted blankets have become so popular among kids with anxiety and sensory disorders caused by autism.
But unlike Magic Blanket, Gravity is specifically designed for adults and its relaxing effects aren’t only for people with anxiety issues—anyone dealing with stress can use it to enjoy the benefits.
Gravity recently concluded a Kickstarter campaign after raising over $4 million. If you want a blanket but didn’t get a chance to back the campaign, subscribe to the company’s newsletter for updates on future sales.