Health & Wellness

Hatch Sleep Pod Review: A Portable Version of a Weighted Blanket

Recently, I slept with a weighted blanket at a hotel for the first time and thought it was a unique amenity to offer, especially at a wellness retreat. I felt that the blanket did have a positive effect on my sleep, but knew there was no real feasible way to travel with a heavy, weighted down blanket, so it probably wasn’t worth the investment for someone who travels all the time. Then an email advertising a “swaddling blanket for adults” came across my inbox, so I had to check it out for myself.

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Price and where to buy it: The Hatch Sleep Pod is available for $110 on Hatch Sleep’s website.

How the Hatch Sleep Pod Rates:

  • Usefulness: 8/10. The sleep pod uses deep touch pressure therapy to relax your body and mind and help you sleep better. My tester reported that it helped him sleep better overall and induced a much deeper sleep. If needed, you could even use it on the plane.
  • Value: 5/10. Since most weighted blankets on the market go well over $100, the Hatch Sleep Pod is priced in comparison, but given that it is more portable, the price is a little expensive. Depending on your level of need for an anxiety-reducing and sleep-inducing product, it may be worth the price for you.
  • Durability: 10/10. The specialty material is incredibly soft, comfortable, and stretchy, plus it’s machine-washable. Plus, it doesn’t cause overheating like many weighted blankets.
  • Portability: 10/10. The sleep pod takes up the same amount of space as a lightweight scarf or thin sweatshirt, making it extremely portable in a carry-on bag.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. Whether you use it at home to help you get a better night’s sleep or travel with it on the road to help reduce your fear of flying or to fall asleep quicker at a hotel, this all-natural (and comfortable) solution is pretty darn cool.

Final Verdict: If you’re considering investing in a weighted blanket, or already have one but want a travel-friendly version, check out the Hatch Sleep Pod.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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