Weighted quilt 'to mimic the effects of sleeping pills'

  • The Gravity blanket is the latest creation to go viral on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, luring 15,000 backers
  • Claims to make users feel ‘hugged’, which sends them into a deep sleep while reducing stress and anxiety 
  • The product has garnered more than £2,500,000 in financial support – with 19 fundraising days remaining

It is the bane of every traveller’s existence. But, thankfully, jet-lag could be a thing of the past if a new aeroplane accessory fulfills its promise when launched, later this year.

A US-based entrepreneur has devised an ambitious product which claims to mimic the effects of sleeping pills on long-haul flights – crucially, without the need for medication.

And, incredulously, the solution is nothing more than a blanket packed with weighted beads. 

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Would you use it? The Gravity blanket is said to promote restful sleep by replicating the feel of a parent's embrace

Would you use it? The Gravity blanket is said to promote restful sleep by replicating the feel of a parent’s embrace

According to creator John Fiorentino, the Gravity fleece uses high-density pellets to trick the body into believing it’s being ‘hugged’, lulling users into a deep, restful slumber. 

The unlikely design, which is priced at £150 for the standard model, is built on the idea of ‘proprioceptive input’ which claims to ‘stimulate pressure points on the body linked to improved sleep, mood, and relaxation’.

Copy on the product’s Kickstarter site explains more, saying: ‘Engineered to be around 10% of your body weight, Gravity helps relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged.

‘This increases serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels—improving your mood and promoting restful sleep at the same time. All without ever filling a prescription.’  

According to creator John Fiorentino, the Gravity fleece uses pellets to trick the body into believing it's being 'hugged'

According to creator John Fiorentino, the Gravity fleece uses pellets to trick the body into believing it’s being ‘hugged’

That's impressive: The product's density claims to be able to provide a deeper REM cycle, boosting nap quality

That’s impressive: The product’s density claims to be able to provide a deeper REM cycle, boosting nap quality

The metallic grey product also claims to help treat a variety of ailments, including insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

Users will be able to choose from three variants depending on their size: ranging from 15lb through to 20lb and 25lb. Keen advocates of the product can even buy in bulk by ordering a pack of forty for the price of $ 5,200. 

Impressively, although it may seem a pointless purchase, it has already attracted 15,000 backers who’ve pledged a whopping £2.5million in financial backing.

Splash out: The metallic grey design starts at £150 or can be bought in bulk, with a pack of forty costing more than £4,000

Splash out: The metallic grey design starts at £150 or can be bought in bulk, with a pack of forty costing more than £4,000

Leap of faith for customers: The production timeline, detailed on the fundraising page, is set to officially begin in June, with production completed by the end of July and the items delivered in September

Leap of faith for customers: The production timeline, detailed on the fundraising page, is set to officially begin in June, with production completed by the end of July and the items delivered in September

Success: Impressively, although it may seem a pointless purchase, it has already attracted 15,000 backers who've pledged a whopping £2,5 million in financial backing

Success: Impressively, although it may seem a pointless purchase, it has already attracted 15,000 backers who’ve pledged a whopping £2,5 million in financial backing

The production timeline, detailed on the fundraising page, is set to officially begin in June, with production completed by the end of July.

Shipping is expected to commence in August, with the products finally reaching their faithful owners in September or October.

Explaining his vision, Fiorentina said: ‘My whole life I’ve been an entrepreneur. I’m obsessed with brands, customer experience and making the people in my life smile.

‘My career has been focused on bringing products to market; from pillows, to fragrances and handbags, and now, a blanket for sleep and relaxation.’  

Clever: The smart design alleges to increase serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels—improving sleep

Clever: The smart design alleges to increase serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels—improving sleep

Multi-purpose: The designers claim it can be used to treat a multitude of issues, including obsessive compulsive disorder

Multi-purpose: The designers claim it can be used to treat a multitude of issues, including obsessive compulsive disorder

Tailored: Users will be able to choose from three variants depending on their size: ranging from 15lb through to 20lb and 25lb

Tailored: Users will be able to choose from three variants depending on their size: ranging from 15lb through to 20lb and 25lb

It's a hit: The Gravity blanket is the latest creation to go viral on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, luring 15,000 backers

It’s a hit: The Gravity blanket is the latest creation to go viral on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, luring 15,000 backers


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