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  • The Gravity Blanket is a weighted blanket that’s intended to help you feel less stressed and sleep better.
  • 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 down. 

The problem is, I kept falling asleep. 

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Gravity Blanket or weighted blankets in general, think of it like a Thundershirt for humans. 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 a melatonin mist to help you fall asleep. 

I had the chance to test out the original $250 Gravity Blanket and the $30 weighted mask for a few…

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