For those seeking a solution to restless sleep caused by insomnia, stress, and other outside sources, weighted blankets like the gravity blanket are supposed to help you fall asleep faster and sleep easier. With the opportunity to try one out, I was truly excited to see if the significant cost ($250) was worth it and how it may or may not help my anxiety and ability to sleep, both at night and during the day.
Mosaic Blanket Specs
Machine Washable: Yes
Dimensions: 1 size of 48 inches x 72 inches
Weight: 15lb, 20lb, and 25lb variations
Warranty: 30-Day Return Policy
What is a Mosaic Weighted Blanket?
The Mosaic blanket is one of the latest innovative versions of the weighted blanket, taking the element of an evenly spread weight to the next level. According to the specifications, the blanket improves how you fall asleep and stay asleep by causing your body’s nervous system to respond to the weight of the blanket.
Each blanket has individually sewn pockets to keep the microbeads evenly spread throughout its surface for an even weight at all times. You should note that a single blanket is sized for a single person and will not replace other bedding since it is only big enough for one person and won’t fit over you and your partner. In addition, consider the weight carefully and order according to your particular weight class. The idea of relieving stress and anxiety for a better sleep is based on the blanket equaling about 10 to 15 percent of your body weight. You don’t want to order a 20-pound blanket if you only weight 120 pounds.
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My First Impression
The blanket arrives by itself, with no flair or obvious fanfare. Now that the company is established, you can actually order one of two models – the original Mosaic blanket or a cooling version for people who sleep hot, which claims to allow for greater airflow even under the weight of the blanket. In this case, I went with the original. I do tend to sleep hot, but I wanted a fair assessment of the original product before I went on to evaluate the cooling claims of the new version.
If you don’t like to be touched or held, I should warn you in advance that this may not be the best product for you. The technology behind the blanket is meant to feel soothing, like being cradled, and this can actually elevate anxiety in some people. Be sure you know your own reactions to touch, enclosure, and other elements before opting into a solution like a weighted blanket for sounder sleep.
I spent an hour or so inspecting the blanket and testing its weight, which proved difficult since the claims of soothing and lulling to sleep seemed to be entirely true. But I did manage to discover what I felt initially were its best and worst qualities.
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I have to admit, I didn’t expect the Mosaic blanket to have such an immediate effect on me, but the moment I curled underneath it for a few minutes, my body started to react.
It was the middle of the afternoon on a bright, sunny day, and I was wide awake when I opened the package and tested the weight of the blanket over my body. I’m not big on naps, and I’d just finished a rather large latte, but as I settled under the blanket, I could literally feel my heart rate slow.
The 14-pound blanket was just about perfect for me, based on my size. The blanket is supposed to represent about 10 percent of your body weight, and it is roughly 12 percent of the mine, so it worked well. I’ve heard various descriptions of what the sensation feels like. Some people actually get claustrophobic, feeling like they’re being pinned down and can’t move, while others think of it as a cocoon that is soothing. The idea is actually for it to feel like a hug or embrace since these gestures are known for calming properties. In fact, the point is to trigger chemical production in the brain that induces a calm, restful sleep.
I immediately felt calmer, and I had to actually remove the blanket and get up to move around to avoid falling asleep since I wasn’t quite ready to test the blanket that thoroughly just yet.
The sewing of the blanket was done really well. Nice and heavy duty to help keep the weighted beads and stuff in place. The surface of the blanket is done in a quilted pattern.
There was a slight manufacturer odor when I first opened the plastic bag. But it dissipated within minutes. So, I would say the odor is little to none.
The instructions were very basic. Wash in cold and dry it flat, as is with most specialty bedding like heated pads and cooling blankets. I did as told and found that the only difference is that the material became a little softer. I’d advise never to dry in a machine drier. I think that would only ruin the mechanics of the weighted beads. It also may result in bunching of the stuffing which would give you a lumpy blanket.
The worst problem I have at night is that, as my body is ready to relax and fall asleep, my brain has a chance to catch up with all the thoughts it couldn’t consider throughout the day, and my mind races and swirls with those thoughts, keeping me from falling asleep. I laid down on my side and used the blanket to cover me from shoulder to toes again, and as I did, I noticed that my thoughts were a bit sluggish.
Within a couple of minutes, I was yawning, incredibly relaxed, and I wasn’t so concerned about the project at work that was weighing me down or the dinner I was attending at my sister’s house Sunday night. Those ideas faded into the back of my mind quickly, and I felt almost weightless as if the blanket was the only thing holding me down.
That’s the last thing I remember before I woke up four hours later to run into the kitchen for a drink of water. It was a sound sleep, and I felt well rested. I went back to bed and experienced the ease of falling asleep again, another place where I usually have to make an effort after getting up in the middle of the night. In fact, I barely remembered having gone to the kitchen when my alarm woke me up. I wasn’t sure if it was a placebo effect or not, so I tried the same routine for several nights, even going to bed a little early before I actually felt the exhaustion of the day once or twice, and I had the same results every night.
My anxiety at bedtime eased, my body rested, and I felt clearer and more functional in the morning. With this in mind, I opted for a different hurdle, one that might prove the blanket was actually working and that it wasn’t just my brilliant mind wanting it to do its job – taking a nap.
When I say I’m not much of a nap person, it’s not because I don’t have that midday slump. It’s because I don’t allow myself the time to indulge it. I’ve trained myself to have a certain caffeine intake on a fairly regular schedule and deny myself the extra shut-eye, even on the weekends, because I don’t like to disrupt the routine. So, what better way to prove that the gravity blanket is the reason for such a good night’s sleep than to try to use it to force my body to relax at a time when my brain is programmed to fight back?
I chose a particularly busy Sunday when I’d had family over for brunch and had a kitchen to clean – incentive to stay awake. I went into my bedroom and drew the curtains, turned off the light, and even used a sleep mask to simulate darkness, the best I could do to convince myself it was the night. And still, my brain rebelled, telling me I should go brew a cup of coffee.
It actually gave me anxiety and caused stress to think about taking an hour or so out of my day to rest, and my heart rate was elevated, my breathing slightly labored. But I laid down and drew the gravity blanket over me, just as I did at night. For about thirty seconds, I considered that I was going to give myself a heart attack and that I should just stop the experiment. I could ask someone who took naps to try this out for me. But then something strange happened.
The tension in my shoulders eased, my chest stopped heaving, and I realized I was comfortable in my bed. The fear of sleeping disappeared, and I thought to myself, I don’t have to sleep. I could just lay here. It’s like aromatherapy without the scent.
And then, someone was touching my shoulder, waking me up, and telling me I’d been asleep for two and a half hours. My husband had found me resting peacefully about twenty minutes after I went to bed, but he’d become a concern when I hadn’t emerged from the bedroom.
It was definitely the most pleasant, the easiest nap I can remember taking, and I got up and stretched, feeling wonderful, and could have probably done my spring cleaning. Thankfully, my husband had already kindly cleaned up from brunch, but the point is that, if this weighted blanket can effectively put me to sleep in the middle of the day against my will, it definitely has truth to its claims.
I would advise that, if you sleep hot, you should probably try the cool version of the gravity blanket. I don’t have an evaluation on it yet, but it’s based on the same technology that causes your body to release the melatonin and other chemicals it needs to fall asleep and stay asleep, so I feel it will work just as well. I do like to be comfortably warm while I sleep, but the gravity blanket is at times almost too warm for me, so be cautious about your temperature regulation preferences when you get ready to order.
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A lot of people have stress-related sleep issues, difficulty relaxing enough to fall asleep, and trouble staying asleep with restlessness from the body and mind. The Mosaic blanket was created based on a great deal of research with the needs of our bodies and minds at the heart of the operation so that the product could help alleviate some of the fundamental stress and other elements that keep us awake. Through science and careful construction, I feel that the blanket clearly lives up to its claims, as long as you take into consideration proper care and use. For those who don’t have confinement issues, it really feels like a soothing embrace that releases the proper chemicals to send you into slumber without concern of the heavy fog and grogginess following the use of sedatives. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this product, please feel free to comment and share below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there size options?
Yes, 15 lb., 20 lb., and 25 lb.
Will machine washing damage this product?
Only the internal blanket. The exterior micro-fiber duvet can be machine washed.
How is blanket kept in place within the duvet?
With internal clasps.