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We Tried The Napper by Bearaby Weighted Blanket: Find Out if it’s Worth the Cost

Bearaby the napper

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As someone who sleeps with an oversized pillow laid on top of myself plus a fluffy 17 pound cat who then proceeds to sleep on top of that pillow, I am no stranger to falling asleep with weight. In fact, I rather crave it. So if you’re anything like me, then Bearaby’s The Napper is something I think you’d quite enjoy.

It’s difficult not to get into the scientific side of things when it comes to a weighted blanket – I mean, why not just get underneath a regular, slightly fleecy (to up the cozy factor) blanket, throw a couple of pillows on top and call it a day, right? Sure, that seems to be the easy – and cheaper – option but here’s the catch: as you toss about while you sleep, the pillows then fall off and you’re left with nothing but just a regular blanket. (insert hands in the air emoji here)

Sleeping underneath a weighted blanket has been scientifically proven to activate the beneficial effects of Deep Touch Pressure which in turn increases serotonin (happy hormones, yay!) to make you feel happier and more content, increases melatonin to lull you into a blissful slumber and decreases cortisol to help reduce anxiety and stress. If that’s not reason enough for you here’s a couple more: sleeping under weight mimics the effect of ‘grounding’ or ‘earthing’ which essentially means reconnecting yourself with the earth.

Sounding a little too woo for you? Hear me out – ever dug your toes deep into the sand as you stood by the shore? Ever felt the strong and sudden urge to walk barefoot in the grass? Why is it that vacations taken by and at the sea  (barring the full moon party at Koh Pha Ngan), or even in the mountains makes you feel more relaxed and refreshed rather than, say, a trip to Amsterdam or Dubai? In the seemingly endless and grueling rat race that is life in this century, which is increasingly looking like you gave a psychopath free rein to create a dystopian world in Cyberpunk 2077, we often forget that we, as human beings, are inherently connected to the earth.

Now, I’m saving the best reason for last: sleeping underneath a weighted blanket mimics the act of a soft, warm hug. Tell me, who does not like being cuddled? If you raised your hand then I suggest you stop reading now (also, who hurt you?).

Buy: Cotton Napper, $249 from Bearaby.com


Come cuddle

Introduced to the market in 2018, Bearaby (a play on the words, teddy Bear and lullabye), was the first ever company to create products that were completely plastic-free, vegan, low impact and sustainable. Previously, weighted blankets were made with polyethylene pellets as fillers to weigh them down; polyethylene, in layman speak, is plastic. The most commonly used plastic in the world today and also one of the most toxic man-made things in the environment. While countries have begun to wake up to the dangers of a world overrun by plastic, we still have a long way to go but it’s never too late to start. And boy, did Bearaby start.

The Napper is a soft (buttery soft), breathable, hand knitted weighted blanket made from long-staple GOTS-certified organic cotton. Measuring 40”x72” across for the 15 pound Napper, 45”x72” for the 20 lbs and 48”x72” for the 25 lbs, each blanket weight corresponds to your own body weight (you can find a nifty, little guide on the website before purchasing). The Napper comes in 9 different colors to choose from (I am partial to Evening Rose, with Cozy Corn coming in at a close second), with limited edition colors added in from time to time. Marketed more as a blanket to be used during daytime (hence the term ‘Napper’), the size and fit is only good enough for one (sorry couples). If you prefer a bigger blanket or would like one that would cover the entirety of your bed, then might I suggest you look into Bearaby’s other offerings.

The way The Napper is knit allows for air to circulate through the chunky knots making the blanket ideal for both hot or cold sleepers. And if that’s not enough, one more thing that makes The Napper stand out from all the rest is because they do not use any filler, the blanket moves (and grooves) along with you, fitting into the contours of your body no matter how much you may toss and turn. How about that for a full body hug? Bonus points: for those of us concerned with aesthetics, The Napper is highly Instagrammable and for those of us who are militant in the use of excess packaging, every product from Bearaby comes packed in a reusable cotton bag.

While it seems as though The Napper is perfect inside out, it does not come without faults.  It’s expensive, like starting at $249 expensive which makes me feel more than a little bit annoyed, not with Bearaby, but with the way how the world works. Organic, vegan and sustainable products tend to be pricier whereas plastic is cheap – see the conundrum? Another thing about The Napper is that it’s thick, like thicc thick, so washing and drying can be a bit time and energy consuming. So if you’re a klutz like me, then spot cleaning is key. 


So, do you want a cuddle or not?

Pros:

  • Plastic-free, vegan, organic and sustainable
  • Fosters a natural, completely drug free high
  • Helps not only with sleep but with a general sense of well-being
  • Benefits both hot and cold sleepers
  • Mimics the act of a soft, warm hug (say it one more time for the single people in the back!)
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Company champions and supports global initiatives such as ocean conservancy, climate change and mental illness

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Time and energy consuming to clean and launder
  • The more popular colors are perpetually out of stock

Staying cozy as a coping mechanism

Neither you or I can deny that this year has been one of the hardest years of our lives and for those of us who live alone, even more so. Since lockdown began, I have been trying to comfort myself with whatever I could. I tried it all – both good and bad – but there were days when all I wanted to do was stay under the covers and pray for the day, the year really, to end.

One thing that gave me the most comfort was cozying up on the couch, a pile of books beside me, Netflix on as background noise and a cottony hug that somehow felt like home.

Buy: Cotton Napper, $249 from Bearaby.com


The Napper is an incredibly soft weighted blanket

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