70 million Americans struggle with sleep issues every year. Bearaby knows how to change that.
According to the CDC, over one-third of adults in the US struggle with sleep problems. Most of us typically don’t see an issue with waking up a little groggy and grumpy, but the long-term impacts of sleep problems are rarely discussed — they’re a major contributor to chronic conditions ranging from obesity to heart disease and even depression.
There are hundreds of remedies for sleeplessness, from herbal remedies and exercise to prescription medication, but Bearaby is on a simple mission to create “a calmer, more collected world” by making revitalizing sleep accessible and drug-free. Armed with scientific research, they created a weighted blanket that’s designed to usher our bodies and minds into a relaxed, sleep-inducing state.
Wait, so a magic blanket will help me sleep?
Well, kinda. Scientific research shows that sleeping under weight reduces stress, pain, and anxiety, helps improve sleep cycles, and makes us feel happier overall. The secret sauce is something called deep touch pressure (DTP), which works by activating pressure points on our bodies and jump-starting a series of chemical reactions that produce serotonin and melatonin (more happy and sleepy hormones) while reducing cortisol levels (less stress hormones).
I’ve seen weighted blankets before… what’s so special about Bearaby?
DTP works best when weight is distributed evenly across your body, yet most weighted blankets are filled with plastic beads that shift around throughout the night. This is a fundamental design flaw — and one of the main factors that make Bearaby’s blankets different. Their proprietary knit design hugs your body and delivers even weight distribution, ensuring that their blankets are as effective as possible.
Bearaby’s signature product is called the Napper, and it’s available in two different styles:
- The Cotton Napper is their OG product, made from sustainably-made, ethically sourced cotton. The pillowy, ultra-breathable blanket is available in four different weights ranging from 10 to 25 pounds, which are $249 to $279.
- The Tree Napper is Bearaby’s newest product, made from cooling eucalyptus-fiber TENCEL. The silky, moisture-wicking blanket is available in 15 lb, 20 lb, and 25 lb weights ranging from $269 to $299.
Here are 5 reasons why we love Bearaby’s Nappers:
1. They Look as Good As They Feel
If there’s a textbook about functional home decor, we wouldn’t be surprised if Bearaby’s team wrote it. Their couchworthy blankets aren’t just designed to help improve sleep — they’re statement pieces made to be shown off. Available in a wide array of colors to match any room, the stylish, hand-knit blankets are just as calming to look at as they are to sleep under. Both the Cotton Napper and the Tree Napper are made with buttery-soft fabric that makes it tough to get out of bed in the morning.
2. Designed to Keep You Cool
Most weighted blankets don’t feel like they were designed to promote sleep at all. We’ve tried a lot, and for the most part, they made us feel like we were being smothered by a giant plastic bag filled with rocks. While there might be a time and place for that, it’s NOT bedtime.
Unlike traditional weighted blankets, Bearaby’s cozy Nappers are a literal breath of fresh air — the chunky knit design and moisture-wicking fabrics are ultra-breathable, which means they’re perfect for all seasons and for hot sleepers.
3. Sustainability Is Woven Into Every Blanket
With certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council and the Global Recycled Standard, Bearaby is committed to protecting the planet. It wasn’t enough for them to replace the traditional synthetic-filled blankets with Nappers made from sustainably sourced cotton and plant-based TENCEL either. From harvest to home, they’ve eliminated plastic from the equation completely. Everything, from the blankets themselves to the recycled cotton packaging that they’re sent in, is 100% plastic-free.
4. Award-Winning Design
Bearaby has been featured in Vogue, Forbes, Business Insider, Travel + Leisure, to name a few, but they’re not just another internet-famous brand. They’re also the recipient of Fast Company’s Innovation By Design award, a RedDot Design award, and even Sleep Foundation’s “Best Weighted Blanket” award.
5. Self Care Is the Perfect Gift
There’s no better present than the gift of rejuvenating sleep, and all of the healing benefits that come with it. While there are other weighted blankets out there, none we’ve tried are as effective (or pretty) as Bearaby. Not to mention, sleeping with a cozy Bearaby Napper is like being wrapped in a big warm bear hug, which is (in our opinion) one of the most special gifts that you can give.
We could go on about how life-changing Bearaby’s weighted blankets are, but it’s truly something you have to experience for yourself. Luckily, they offer free shipping and a 30 day “try it” policy, although one sleep is all it takes to get hooked.