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The Top 5 Unique Benefits of the Bearaby Weighted Blanket

Learn more about what makes our weighted blankets unlike any other weighted blanket out there.

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The Top 5 unique benefits of the Bearaby weighted blanket

4 minute read
wonderful weighted weaves girl in napper red

From sleeping better to stress relief to being delightfully cooling for hot sleepers, we’d like to tell you a bit more about the benefits of our weighted blankets and how they can help you find natural, deep sleep and an inner sense of calm. Whether your main concern is sustainable product choices or easing anxiety, we’ve got you covered from all ends (pun intended!).

No fillers, just plant-based fabrics

It goes without saying that weighted blankets are, well...heavy! That’s because most weighted blankets are literally ‘filled with weight’ - with materials like plastic pellets, beads, or other kinds of synthetic fillers. Our weighted blanket, The Napper, is made heavy from its fabric alone. Inside the Napper yarn, you’ll only find layers and layers of even more Napper yarn.

plant based fabrics

It sounds simple, but it’s actually taken us years to perfect the design and production of our weighted yarn. In every single Bearaby blanket you’ll find over 280 meters of it - if you unraveled it all, it’d be as tall as the Eiffel Tower!

Most weighted blankets are also made with various forms of synthetic polyester, which is cheaper and easier to produce, but terrible for the planet and our sensitive skin. The production of polyester uses harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, that wreak havoc on the environment.

Our weighted blankets are made with natural fabrics and materials that are sourced in a sustainable way. Our Cotton Napper is made of 100% organic cotton, which is the softest, most responsibly farmed organic cotton we could find. And our Tree Napper is made of cotton and a plant-based fabric called TENCEL™ Lyocell, which is a sustainable tree fabric sourced from raw eucalyptus wood pulp. So rest easy, we’ve only put the softest, safest, and most sustainable materials into every blanket.

Delightfully heavy for natural, deep sleep

If you’re prone to tossing and turning or being up all night long, the Bearaby Napper is your solution. Backed by science, weighted blankets use Deep Touch Pressure to activate different points on the body. This pressure leads to an increase in serotonin, which naturally converts to melatonin, the hormone that tells our body it’s time to get to sleep.

The key to using a weighted blanket for improved, deep sleep is to make sure its weight is evenly distributed across your body. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our chunky-knit blankets are handknit into a unique, looped design that hugs the body. Our weighted yarn naturally drapes and completely cocoons every inch of you, triggering all the right pressure points, increasing serotonin and melatonin, and telling your body to relax and give in to its sleep cycle.

deep sleep

You’ll also find it easier to head off to dreamland because your stress hormone, cortisol, is also reduced from Deep Touch Pressure. In fact, studies have shown that those using a weighted blanket in the night woke up with significantly reduced levels of cortisol in their bodies. This combination of more serotonin and melatonin and less cortisol leads to a quieter mind and a more restful body throughout the night. Insomniacs, rejoice: you’ll soon wake up feeling like a million bucks.

Silky-soft and cooling

The perfect weighted blanket should give you the sensation of a comforting hug, without feeling weighed down or restricted. It also needs to prevent you from overheating during the night, which is a common complaint from a lot of weighted blanket users that use polyester fabrics like micro-fleece and plastic fillers. Who wants to be snuggling up to man-made fabrics and plastics? Luckily, there’s one exception, The Napper.

Our chunky-knit blanket’s looped design allows air to flow and circulate in and around the body for the ultimate form of breathability. Plus, all that super soft, natural fabric (eucalyptus and cotton, oh my!) makes a cool, breathable yarn to keep you both cozy and breazy the entire time you’re wrapped in your Napper.

Keeps hot sleepers cool

While all of our weighted blankets are cooling, our Tree Napper is perfect for hot sleepers. It’s made of a plant-based fabric called TENCEL™ Lyocell, which is a sustainable tree fabric sourced from raw eucalyptus wood pulp. (For a deeper dive on the wonders of tree fabrics, check out our post about the processes and benefits!)

Not only is tree fabric sustainable, but it’s also is soothing and cooling. Textiles made from Lyocell are known for being more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, and cooler than linen. (Talk about a triple-threat!) And the benefits don’t end there—tree fabric is also moisture-wicking, meaning even if you have a hotter night than usual, your Bearaby weighted blanket will help you combat any moisture that crops up!

The smooth fiber surface of Tencel gives it the amazing ability to regulate body temperature, leaving you feeling cool and comfortable all night (or all nap) long.

Innovative design for couch-worthy coziness

While there are many weighted blankets out there, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that is as stylish as the Bearaby Napper (if we do say so ourselves). We’ve taken layers of soft, organic fabric and hand-knitted them into cocoonable, couch-worthy perfection. This is not a blanket you’ll keep tucked away in the closet, but rather one you’ll be proud to drape alongside your napping station of choice when friends come over. Don’t be surprised if you find your houseguest dozing off underneath your Napper!

innovative design

Did you know?
The longest hug in history clocked in at 36 hours, 36 minutes, and 36 seconds by two friends in London. Sounds like the perfect amount of time to hug your Napper all weekend long!

Gone are the days of clinical-looking weighted blankets that look like they belong in a hospital. We want to celebrate colors inspired by fashion, interior design, and nature. Our Nappers are designed to provide a pop of your favorite color into your living room or bedroom; we’re pretty obsessed with how Evening Rose can subtly brighten up a space. If you’re more of a neutral tone lover, we’ve got you covered with a palette inspired by nature, like the icy Glass Blue and Frost Grey of our Tree Napper. From Marble White to Midnight Blue, we’ve got a color to match every palette.


• The unique benefits of the Nappers run far and wide - from being extra cooling for hot sleepers, to having a design that ensures even-weight distribution across your whole body.

• No fillers, no fully business! We only use natural, organic fabrics and we never use any synthetic fillers.

• There’s nothing but layers of weighted yarn in every blanket. Couch-worthy perfection. We love our Napper for its chunky-knit style and variety of colors to choose from, ranging from bright and fun to mellow and calming.


Did you know?
The longest hug in history clocked in at 36 hours, 36 minutes, and 36 seconds by two friends in London. Sounds like the perfect amount of time to hug your Napper all weekend long!


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