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A “Gravity blanket” on Kickstarter that claimed to use cozy pressure to treat anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions has been taking the internet by storm, raising more than $3 million. But on Thursday, the company quietly deleted the bold medical claims on its crowdfunding site — language that violated Kickstarter policy and went against FDA recommendations — after STAT inquired about its promotional statements.

The creators of Gravity call their product a “premium-grade, therapeutic weighted blanket” intended to treat psychiatric illnesses. People quickly snuggled up to the idea: More than 15,000 donors contributed to the Kickstarter campaign to help get the blanket to the market, where it’s projected to sell for as much as $279.


A slew of publications have touted the product with headlines such as, “I Want This Anti-Anxiety Blanket and You Will Too.” But the science behind the blanket’s claims is scarce— as STAT found by reviewing the studies the manufacturer cites as evidence for its claims.

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  • If you are the caretaker for someone with anxiety or insomnia & you want to do the best job you can; products with such claims may cause you to spend limited income on questionable products like these. The USA should start evaluating supplements & products like this. Europe evaluates these type of products along with things like non Rx weight loss products and skin care. Sometimes I look for their studies, but they can be hard to locate.

  • “It might have a role, but in a very, very small subset of patients,” Ismail said, what a crock. Any form of swaddling would benefit a very large subset of patients. Ptsd for starters. Question you should be asking them is why no one is getting the product and feel scammed.

  • As I lay under my weighted blanket dealing with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain due to MS I can honestly say my first night using the weighted blanket was the first night I fell asleep and stayed asleep without sleep aids. I can’t speak to the company behind gravity blanket, but my weighted blanket provides so many benefits. Sleep that isn’t I duced by pills is one of the best. But I can see how physicians and big pharma wants to disprove natural treatments. If people taske less pills they make less $$$.

    • I am glad you felt better Using a weighted blanket, but how are “physicians and big pharma” wanting to “disprove natural treatments” allegedly because “they make less $$$” different from the natural industry, which is an industry, making billions off unproven treatments and supplements that often times don’t even contain the ingredients in the dosages they claim? This is a $250 blanket and you think those people are trying to help others and not their profit margin? Is it possible a doctor with a medical license maybe wants their patients to get evidenced-based treatment, and discourage the use of things that could be harmful by sheer lack of proven effectiveness alone, instead of being sold over-priced, false promises that prey on people desperate for help who often can’t afford the cost, but pay it out-of-pocket anyway? These are not non-profit organizations and the money they rake in is not reinvested in research to help anyone.

  • This company is a scam. The email address on their Facebook page is not real, and if you try and get a refund no one will answer your messages. Do not by this blanket as it is not a real company.

    • Look up a company called guiniveres on Facebook. They sell weighted blankets at a fraction of the cost of others and they are ecologically sound as they use cherry stones instead of the polluting plastic beads which other companies use.

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