This beautifully woven weighted blanket helped me sleep better at night - and it relieved my partner's restlessness
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- Adding 20 pounds to your bed may just be the key to a good night's sleep, and Bearaby is here to help with the Napper, a chunky weighted blanket.
- The new weighted bedding brand's beautiful Napper has truly transformed my definition of sweet repose.
- Available in six colors for $259, this elegant, cozy, cuddle-simulator may just be the best thing that's ever happened to my sleep cycle.
Who knew that the secret to a good night's sleep lay in gaining 20 pounds on my bed? No, that doesn't mean lounging in your pj's while eating buckets full of cookie dough (though that sounds like it might do the trick, too). Instead, it means discovering the blanket that's been missing in your life since you were a babe.
Meet Bearaby, a brand-new sleep brand that's introducing heft into your bedding with fantastic results. Its flagship product comes in the form of the Napper, a weighted blanket that has become the security blanket I never knew I needed.
Beautifully woven and available in a range of elegant colors, the Napper is a grownup blanket that combines sophistication with science. Weighing in at 20 pounds, this is a serious piece of bedding that delivers serious results.
The first thing you'll notice when you unpack your Napper is its incredible weave. The thick, weighty fabric criss-crosses against itself in a pattern that looks like something you might find in a wall-hanging or tapestry, but looks just as fantastic tossed across the foot of your bed or your couch.
Once you wrap yourself up in the Napper, you'll really find out what you've been missing all your adult life.
While the Napper is not particularly tightly knit, it's incredibly warm and insulating, trapping plenty of body heat underneath its considerable weight. And having 20 pounds on top of you isn't just a gimmick. Research has shown that sleeping under an evenly distributed weight brings about a deeper, more natural sleep cycle.
In my experience, sleeping with the Napper on top of my comforter has helped lull me to sleep faster and stay asleep longer, though truth be told, I'm already a pretty deep sleeper. My partner, on the other hand, who is generally a toss and turner, slept much less fitfully under the weighted protection of the Napper. And that, if nothing else, makes this blanket a winner in my book.
Bearaby also claims that the Deep Pressure Touch of the weighted bedding stimulates the production of serotonin, which helps to reduce stress and increase calm during the night. But in spite of its considerable mass, the Bearaby is incredibly breathable. While you'll certainly stay warm, you won't suffocate under the blanket.
I've also been pleasantly surprised by how well the weight of the Napper distributes itself when I'm using it as a wrap or a robe, rather than a full-fledged blanket. While it's obviously quite heavy to lift, once the Napper is wrapped around you, it feels more like a warm hug than a large burden. In fact, Bearaby suggests that sleeping under weight can give the same comforting sensation as cuddling, which makes sense.
The Napper is hypoallergenic and made with all-natural fabrics, making it impossibly soft and comfortable. About 250 yards of chunky yarn go into the construction of each and every Napper, and you can choose from six unique colors: Dreamy Pink, Asteroid Gray, Midnight Blue, Cuddle Blue, Moonstoon Gray, and Cloud White.
Caring for the blanket is relatively straightforward as well, which is a blessing. Simply wash the Napper separately with no other items in lukewarm water on the gentle cycle, and then allow the piece to flat dry. The Napper sells for $259, and it may just be the most comfortable $259 you'll spend all year.
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