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  • How are American attitudes to sleep changing?
  • How are American attitudes to sleep changing?
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Gravity Blanket: a sleep aid designed to tackle anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect nearly a fifth of Americans, with constant connectedness, loneliness, and divisive politics exacerbating their feelings of distress and potentially leading to sleep problems. How is the Gravity Blanket helping people rest easier without relying on prescription solutions?

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With 18.1% of adults affected each year, anxiety is America’s most common mental health disorder, one that’s being exacerbated in the modern age by blue light-emitting smartphones, loneliness, a changing work culture, social media pressures, and divisive politics. [1] As well as causing potentially debilitating distress to sufferers, the condition can lead to sleep problems. [2] The Gravity Blanket, which raised more than $4.7 million on Kickstarter, is a weighted duvet that pledges to help users get a good night’s rest by applying moderate pressure to increase relaxation hormones.

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