A lack of sleep can lead to more problems than just a little bit of grogginess at the office the next day; it can result in health consequences like bone density loss, increased anxiety, and more. One way people have combated this issue recently is by using weighted blankets, which are filled with pellets or glass beads to gently add a little weight to them. When draped across the user, that slight pressure is thought to promote relaxation in the body and lead to a better night's sleep.
Over on its Kickstarter page, the Aurora takes the benefits found in a standard weighted blanket and adds copper-infused threads throughout to guard against bacteria you might not even know is there. With more than $97,000 raised so far, the company has already far exceeded its original $5143 Kickstarter goal, but you can still back the project until February 20. Starting at $99, “early bird,” backers will get the standard Aurora blanket (48 inches by 72 inches) for 67 percent off its retail value.
Like other weighted blankets, Aurora works through “deep touch pressure stimulation” treatment. According to the campaign, applying pressure to your body makes you feel safe, which allows your nervous system to switch into “relax and regenerate mode.” But Aurora is made with copper-infused threads, making this brand different from the other weighted blankets on the market.
Bed sheets—especially when not washed consistently—are a natural breeding ground for bacteria. And according to the campaign, “After just one week of use, the average bed sheet contains over 10,000 times more bacteria than your toilet seat.” But the copper (which is known for its antimicrobial properties) in this blanket naturally protects against bacteria, mold, viruses, mites, fungus, and other allergens. So when you settle in for a restful night of sleep, you can do so without all those germs lurking around.
Aurora products are also eco-friendly: Instead of using plastic beads like other weighted blankets, Aurora uses micro-crystal glass beads. According to the company, the smoother glass beads help with better weight distribution as well.
Now all you need to do is find the right weight. The campaign recommends getting the 12-pound blanket if you weigh less than 110 pounds; if you’re between 100 and 150 pounds, reach for the 15-pound blanket; if you’re between 150 and 200 pounds, grab the 20-pound blanket; and if you’re over 200 pounds, buy the 25-pound blanket.
You can find out more about Aurora by heading to its Kickstarter page.
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