Almost everybody knows the frustration of not being able to fall or stay asleep. The kind that happens at 2 am, on a weekday, when you can’t sleep but know you must be up in 5 hours for an important meeting at work.
There are pills and tricks suited for these types of situations, but we’re here to offer a less invasive solution…the weighted blanket. We know it sounds a little nuts, but hear (read) us out.
The LEVIA blanket is similar to about 10% of your body’s own weight. This ratio is perfect for the stimulation of relaxation. It triggers the sensation of feeling hugged, relaxed, protected and ultimately, sleepy.
We want to eliminate restless nights, so you can gain mornings with clarity!
Sound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Individuals who get an entire night of sleep without any interruptions, experience lower rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other chronic illnesses.
The numbers are shocking: more than 75 million adults in the US suffer from insomnia. In Europe, 50 million adults have difficulties initiating or maintaining sleep. What's worse – people that suffer from insomnia have a more than 2x higher risk of suffering from mental health problems, such as depression.
Sleep is considered essential for health, productivity and well-being. Our mission at LEVIA is to reduce insomnia and stress, which are the drivers and triggers of countless health issues. Better Sleep = Better Life.
Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation - everyone has felt it before
Weighted blankets have been used for years in the medical community in order to de-stress and calm patients with Autism, Asperger's, ADHS and other processing disorders – with great success and feedback.
LEVIA weighted blankets use the natural force of gravity to help relax and reduce stress. The scientific trigger is called “deep pressure touch stimulation” – in short DTP.
DTP, to put it in simple words, is a term for weight being smoothly and evenly distributed on the body. You have felt DTP before in form of a massage or a hug - this effect on the body is linked to better sleep, relaxation and overall well-being.
Hormones are key for sound sleep
The LEVIA blanket helps to improve sleep in a number of ways. One of the main drivers is the production of the “feel-good” hormone serotonin, triggered by the DTP (described above). Serotonin is decreasing the activity in the nervous system and calms your body and mind.
Serotonin also helps to produce the “sleep-good” hormone Melatonin, which is responsible for telling us when it’s time for bed. Due to our busy lifestyle and irregular sleeping schedules, the production of Melatonin can get altered. LEVIA helps to reclaim your sleep by triggering the production of those hormones - in a natural, drug-free way.
- U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine: Sleep epidemiology - a rapidly growing field
- Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorder: Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia
- Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: Exploring the Safety and Therapeutic Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation Using a Weighted Blanket
- Lora K. Jacobson: How to Know if Weighted Blankets Really Work
- Ann Pietrangelo and Stephanie Watson: The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on your Body
- Parker Eileen: The Weighted Blanket Guide (Kindle Version)
- European Medicines Agency: Guideline for treatment of insomnia
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(German Audio | English and German subtitles)
Heavy Blankets are not just like your ordinary duvets you probably use right now. The special construction of the LEVIA blanket was engineered for your everyday use and everyday needs. It consists of two parts – an ultra-soft minky cover and a weighted duvet. The weighted duvet has little 4x4 inches (10x10 cm) chambers containing micro glass beads, which will evenly apply calming pressure on your body. You can easily connect the cover to the weighted duvet by simply knotting them together using slopes that are attached to the duvet. This ensures that the inlay won’t move within the cover.
Whether you use LEVIA to reduce stress and anxiety during the day or to get the best out of your sleep during the night, it was designed for your everyday use and everyday needs. We have got your covered!
LEVIA is a start up from Munich (Germany) that concentrates on building products that cater to sleep and relaxation. Our mission is to improve people's lives – in a natural, non-intrusive way.
Risks and challenges
We tested a lot of different versions of our heavy blanket and tried different ways to construct the blanket. We have seen a lot of different fabrics and materials to find the most comfortable combination.
At this point we have our final version ready to go into mass production. Our production partner know what to do and are ready to get the production running as soon as possible.
So as soon as the campaign is over, we will verify the last few details and make sure to deliver you the highest quality possible.
The main risks from this point is to keep the quality high during mass production (we will work really closely with our partners to make sure that every single blanket will fulfill our high-quality expectations).
Afterwards we will send the blankets to our warehouse in Germany and start sending them to your home.
- (30 days)