Miranda speaks with to Bearaby’s founder, Dr. Kathrin Hamm of the beloved weighted blanket brand, about the restorative power of rest and ways we can cultivate calm amidst life’s more chaotic moments. Discover the growing popularity of weighted blankets as a self-care resource to reduce anxiety and alleviate insomnia.
MK: Thank you for joining us, Kathrin. Can you tell us what inspired you to create Bearaby?
KH: It was actually my own personal sleep struggles that led to the inception of Bearaby. A few years ago, you could count me among the millions who have difficulty sleeping through the night. I was traveling extensively in my career as an economist, and my on-the-road lifestyle began to take a toll on my sleep, leading to chronic insomnia issues. Through the science of Deep Touch Pressure, I was finally able to sleep better, naturally and without medication. I was relieved to have found a drug-free, natural solution for my sleep issues, but quickly became frustrated with the limited weighted blanket options on the market. I wanted a product that would deliver all the benefits of Deep Touch Pressure, but that was well-designed, breathable, and good for the planet, too.
MK: What are the benefits of using weighted blankets?
KH: Studies show that one out of every three adults isn’t getting enough rest. There are many reasons for our collective fatigue, including stress, feelings of overwhelm, and other mental health factors. Weighted blankets are a therapeutic option to help improve sleep, alleviate anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. By activating Deep Touch Pressure, the weight on your body stimulates the production of serotonin (the happy hormone), reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases melatonin, which leads to a calmer mind and more relaxed body, allowing you to sleep all throughout the night. They can also fight the side effects of fibromyalgia, help treat sensory overload, soothe symptoms of OCD, ease restless leg syndrome, and more.
MK: How should we be using Bearaby Nappers to reap all of the rewards from it?
KH: Bearaby’s weighted blankets work best when used as part of your regular sleep regimen, but even taking a few minutes to snuggle under your Napper is a quick, comfy, natural way to de-stress from the day. We recommend choosing a weighted blanket that’s at least 10% of your body weight to make sure you’ll be getting the right amount of therapeutic benefits and allow your body some time to get used to the sensation of resting under the extra weight.
MK: Our brands have a shared passion for sustainable and natural, yet efficacious products. Can you share more about your approach to sustainability?
KH: Bearaby committed to being a sustainable and zero waste company right from the start. The fabrics that make up our lovely hand-knit blankets, the all-recycled storage bags, the plastic-free packaging, and all of our materials are carefully chosen to be eco-friendly and responsible first and foremost. Most weighted blankets on the market use fillings like plastic polypropylene beads that are harmful to the environment, but our signature Nappers don’t consist of any artificial fillers. Instead, we’ve developed an innovative approach to building weight by hand-knitting layers upon layers of organic fabrics to create the same amount of weight in a more responsible and effective manner.
MK: Are there any self-care rituals that you would recommend to our readers?
KH: These days, my self-care routine is about slowing down and doing less, which helps me be more intentional throughout the day. Taking time for yourself is so essential. Setting up my morning and evening routines is another way that I live a more restful and balanced life. And of course, incorporating a skin-care regimen that I love to wind down with at the end of the day is something that I always look forward to.
You can learn more about Bearaby and their weighted blanket guide here.
KORA Organics xx
Dr. Kathrin Hamm is the founder and CEO of Bearaby, an award-winning DTC weighted blanket company on a mission to free the world of sweaty, plastic-filled weighted blankets.
Named one of Entrepreneur’s Powerful Women of 2020, Kathrin’s approach towards simple and sustainable self-care without compromise has woken up a tired industry. She aims to destigmatize sleep, make naps guilt-free, and champion rest as a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle.
Bearaby’s signature knitted blankets have garnered a devout fan following and international notoriety, winning both The Red Dot Design Award and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award in 2020. The company was also selected as the top pick for best weighted blanket of 2021 by the Sleep Foundation, Women’s Health, GQ, Prevention, and Men’s Health.