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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Gravity

Sleep Away the Stress: Gravity's Tips for Improving Sleep (Including Their Weighted Blanket!)

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From the challenges we face every day to what’s going on in broader society, life can be tough. We’re constantly moving from one task to the next, and before we know it, the week has flown by. With this fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to feel run-down. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself in a safe space to relax, de-stress, and give your body and mind the recovery they need. 

Proper self-care goes beyond what we do when we’re awake. It’s important to use the time you’re asleep to let yourself reset and recover. Sleep is linked to mood, mental health, productivity, and workplace performance. Getting good (or bad) sleep can often set the tone for your day, so it’s important to make quality sleep a part of your daily routine. Here are a few tips for better sleep!

Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

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Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

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Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Gravity is a premium sleep and wellness brand that creates science-backed solutions for sleep and stress, including the popular Gravity Weighted Blanket.
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

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I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Kim Haile
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About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.