Have you been eyeing up the therapy weighted Gravity blanket but for one reason or another haven’t taken the plunge to buy it?
If so, read my full review below to see if I can alleviate some of your fears and worries because the Gravity Blanket is something I believe everyone will benefit from.
Disclaimer: Where a source has not been provided, all views are my own and are shared based on my personal experience and understanding of them.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty though, let’s talk a bit about how the Gravity Blanket can support you on your therapy journey.
As you may know, a good nights sleep is important for both your mental and physical wellbeing.
According to Bupa.co.uk, the mental health benefits include:
- ‘Improv[ing] your attention and concentration
- Learn[ing] and mak[ing] memories
- Tak[ing] care of your emotional wellbeing
- Reduc[ing] your stress levels; and
- Maintain[ing] good relationships’
Read more about each one in detail, along with the Physical benefits here.
But, it’s not only the quantity (number of hours) of sleep you get each night, which matters.
It’s also the quality of sleep you get (i.e. how well you sleep), which matters too, which according to sleepcouncil.org.uk, includes:
- ‘how quickly you fall asleep (ideal[ly] within] 15-20 minutes)’
- ‘the ability to stay asleep (waking once per night)’
- ‘spending most of your time in bed asleep rather than awake’
In fact, the Sleep Council in their article say, according to a study carried out by Tel Aviv University’s School of Psychological Sciences, 2014:
‘interrupted sleep is as bad for you as only getting four hours of sleep as night wakings disrupt your natural sleep rhythm and leave you with a poor attention span and negative mood’.
Hence, the aim of the therapy weighted Gravity blanket; to improve the quality of your sleep.
The Gravity Blanket of course isn’t a solution to resolving your mental health struggles.
However, it can support you in relieving the stress and anxiety you feel on a day to day basis, alongside seeking the support of a Psychotherapist.
The Gravity blanket is known as a weighted blanket because it is similar to having a weight you’d lift at the gym on your body.
But the blankets come in a range of weights to suit every body shape and size (something I’ll come onto a little later on in my post).
Therefore, you don’t need to worry about whether the blanket is going to be too heavy for you.
A weighted blanket is beneficial because similarly to:
- acupressure; and
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) (psst, see more info on this in my post 3 powerful tools and practices that transformed my life)
it ‘stimulates pressure points found in the body’, which work to ground individuals into the present moment.
Therefore, supporting you in relaxing so you can get a good nights sleep.
Read some the most common, pressure points here.
Therefore, it is proven to have therapeutic benefits.
Speaking from my own experience, I can honestly say, the Gravity Blanket has been worth it.
As the next day, I feel well-rested since I haven’t gotten up once during the night and I feel good for having had a good nights sleep.
Family members have also commented on this, whilst they occasionally struggle to do the same.
The only times I struggle to sleep even with the Gravity Blanket on me is if I:
- eat late and go to bed after 30 minutes to an hour of eating, which according to Verywellhealth.com I need to be waiting ‘three hours’ after;
- drink water before going to sleep, which according to healthline.com you need to stop two hours before going to bed.
So if you do purchase one, do be mindful of this.
But once asleep, there’s no getting me up and if I do wake up at night, I get back to sleep within minutes.
Who are they for?
The Gravity Blanket is for anyone who is…
- under stress and pressure, as it reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases serotonin. Therefore, improving your mood.
- looking to improve their quality of sleep
- improve their mental health and well-being; and
It is also suitable for people with a range of disabilities, disorders and symptoms.
However, there are a few categories of people who will need to consult their doctor first before they can use the blanket.
For instance, pregnant women.
A full list of who it is suitable for and who needs to consult their doctor can be found on gravityblankets.co.uk here.
1) The Price tag
At £149 for a single bed blanket and £199 for a double bed blanket, the Gravity Blanket does come in at a hefty cost.
I believe I bought mine at a discounted price of £117.
However, if Black Friday was closer than when I needed it, I would have waited until then as I would have saved more.
Therefore, what I recommend you do (if you can) and don’t need it sooner like I did.
Since, if you can get a discount and save even more on something why not do so?
Also, the value you get from the Gravity Blanket itself far outweighs the cost in my opinion.
It’s also a one-off expensive buy rather than a continuous one.
However, you also have the option to pay in three instalments, which I see no mention of a fee in their FAQ’s for opting to do so.
Therefore, something else you might wish to consider.
Lastly, you also get a 28 nights guarantee so you can return it if you decide against it.
Although that would be a faff, you’ll not know if it’s right for you until you try it out for yourself.
So if it’s something you want but have been umming and ahing about whether to get it or not, I say go for it.
Since I’ve learnt through therapy fulfilling any desire you have, no matter how big or small it is increases your happiness levels.
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2) Colours and Pattern
When I bought the Gravity Blanket last year, it only came in two colours; Space Grey and Poseidon Blue.
The first of which, looks like, was for the winter and the second one for the summer.
Therefore, as you can imagine, it was disappointing for me but I bought it anyway.
And now having checked the website, I’m excited to see they’ve added more colours to their winter and summer ranges.
Check them out on their website here.
Before buying mine, I didn’t like the squared pattern of it much.
But now I have it, it has grown on me as I now view it in terms of the value it’s giving to me.
3) Size and weight of blanket
Two sizes are available. One for a single bed and another for a double bed.
As mentioned earlier, the blanket comes in a variety of weights.
Check them out on their website here.
As I weigh, 10st I went with the 6kg based, which is heavier than I am.
You can find guidelines here for selecting the right weight.
And the only time I feel the heaviness of the blanket is when I am making my bed, but once over me, it feels comfortable.
I don’t feel squashed or anything.
4) Cleaning of Gravity Blanket
I’ve not quite gotten round to washing mine yet but it is machine washable, making it easy to wash.
You also only need to wash the softer outside cover, although you can wash the weighted blanket itself too.
But it depends on the weight your washing machine drum can hold and it requires that you dry it flat.
However, they say it’s fine to not wash the weighted blanket itself.
Shipping to the UK & EU is free.
I found the process simple and efficient, although it was pre Covid-19.
For more information on shipping and returns, see here.
Where to buy the Gravity Blanket
Since I knew I would be able to trust them.
And if anything was to go wrong with the delivery I would easily be able to contact them.
On the whole, I love the Gravity Blanket.
As I do notice an improvement in the quality of my sleep.
So I do believe it’s worth it, even after paying £117 for it.
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