I Want This Anti-Anxiety Blanket and You Will Too

Hold me.

With the world crumbling beneath us—literally and figuratively and gastronomically, because doesn't it seem like all the corn chips you've eaten since November have come pre-broken?—even the hardiest amongst us could really use a hug and/or a big nap right now. But what if you, well, can't? Eighteen percent of the American population suffers from anxiety (opens in new tab), after all.


In response to that troubling statistic and another one that says 70 percent of us have trouble falling asleep at least one night a week, the Gravity blanket claims to use 10 percent of your body weight to mimic the effects of being hugged or held, which relaxes the nervous system to help you drift off. (Super-sweet Fact of the Day: Similar tech is used to calm dogs in thunderstorms.) So far, the response to the $169 duvet has been incredible, with its Kickstarter (opens in new tab) having already raised $2.7 million at the time of this writing.

"But what if I overheat? Will it feel like that old dude in The Crucible who gets pressed to death? But wetter?" you, a Sweaty Betty who's read Arthur Miller, ask. You won't—though high-density plastic poly pellets lends themselves to the "at least I don't *feel* like I'm not generously single" mind trick, the cover is constructed from breathable, ultra-soft microfiber.

Don't you feel more even-keeled already? (Oh, one more thing: Fundraising closes May 30, so if you want to be a proper investor, HURRY. Sorry.)

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Chelsea Peng
Assistant Editor

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.