FAQs

How Do Weighted Blankets Work

How are they weighted?

Groundd weighted blankets are weighted with hypoallergenic natural glass sand. The glass sand is held silently in place in microfiber pockets stitched throughout the blanket to ensure they are secure and that the weight is distributed evenly.

What does it feel like to use a Groundd Weighted Blanket?

Laying under evenly distributed weight is incredibly comforting. It is similar to the calming sensation of an embracing hug, being swaddled, or a protective cocoon. The soothing pressure signals to your body that you are safe, it puts your mind at ease and promotes deep restful sleep.

Groundd weighted blankets are constructed with high quality natural materials that feel soft and light on your skin to ensure the heavy blanket is as cool and breathable as possible.

What is the science behind Deep Touch Pressure therapy (DTP)?

Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) is a tactile sensory input from any form of pressure exerted equally across the body, such as a hug, swaddle, or in this case, a weighted blanket. Receptors in your skin detect this grounding pressure and send a signal to your brain that you are in a stable safe environment. Your brain then releases serotonin & melatonin (feel-good relaxation neurotransmitters) while cortisol (stress & fight or flight hormone) is inhibited. This calming effect eases tension in our mind and allows us to fall asleep and remain asleep.

The science behind weighted blankets and improved sleep is supported by peer reviewed research, here are a few of the research articles we've found most informative:

The Biological Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep.

Physiological Effects of Deep Touch Pressure on Anxiety Alleviation: The Weighted Blanket Approach.

Exploring the Safety and Therapeutic Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation Using a Weighted Blanket.

Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia.

How are Groundd Weighted Blankets different from others?

- Groundd Weighted Blankets are scientifically designed for optimal sleep, delivering the maximum benefits of sleeping under weight without the inadequacies of traditional weighted blankets.

- Our design utilises premium breathable fabrics and air channels inside our weighted blankets to keep air circulating and maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature.

- Instead of using noisy plastic poly beads, Groundd uses a natural glass sand to add evenly distributed weight completely silently.

- Groundd believes in a holistic approach to wellbeing that does not only optimise your wellbeing but the planet's wellbeing. This is why we use sustainable organic materials and reusable packaging made from recycled materials.

How Do Weighted Blankets Work

How are they weighted?

Groundd weighted blankets are weighted with hypoallergenic natural glass sand. The glass sand is held silently in place in microfiber pockets stitched throughout the blanket to ensure they are secure and that the weight is distributed evenly.

What does it feel like to use a Groundd Weighted Blanket?

Laying under evenly distributed weight is incredibly comforting. It is similar to the calming sensation of an embracing hug, being swaddled, or a protective cocoon. The soothing pressure signals to your body that you are safe, it puts your mind at ease and promotes deep restful sleep.

Groundd weighted blankets are constructed with high quality natural materials that feel soft and light on your skin to ensure the heavy blanket is as cool and breathable as possible.

What is the science behind Deep Touch Pressure therapy (DTP)?

Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) is a tactile sensory input from any form of pressure exerted equally across the body, such as a hug, swaddle, or in this case, a weighted blanket. Receptors in your skin detect this grounding pressure and send a signal to your brain that you are in a stable safe environment. Your brain then releases serotonin & melatonin (feel-good relaxation neurotransmitters) while cortisol (stress & fight or flight hormone) is inhibited. This calming effect eases tension in our mind and allows us to fall asleep and remain asleep.

The science behind weighted blankets and improved sleep is supported by peer reviewed research, here are a few of the research articles we've found most informative:

The Biological Effects of Grounding the Human Body During Sleep.

Physiological Effects of Deep Touch Pressure on Anxiety Alleviation: The Weighted Blanket Approach.

Exploring the Safety and Therapeutic Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation Using a Weighted Blanket.

Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia.

How are Groundd Weighted Blankets different from others?

- Groundd Weighted Blankets are scientifically designed for optimal sleep, delivering the maximum benefits of sleeping under weight without the inadequacies of traditional weighted blankets.

- Our design utilises premium breathable fabrics and air channels inside our weighted blankets to keep air circulating and maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature.

- Instead of using noisy plastic poly beads, Groundd uses a natural glass sand to add evenly distributed weight completely silently.

- Groundd believes in a holistic approach to wellbeing that does not only optimise your wellbeing but the planet's wellbeing. This is why we use sustainable organic materials and reusable packaging made from recycled materials.

What are the benefits of Weighted Blankets

What are the benefits of using a weighted blanket?

In addition to insomnia, weighted blankets have been found to be highly effective in managing symptoms of a wide range of conditions including anxiety, ADHD, Autism and many more.

See the list of benefits of weighted blanket here.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping

We aim to get all orders to our customers as fast as possible!

Once your order is fulfilled by our logistics partners, you will receive a tracking number for Courier Post. Courier Post has an estimated delivery to anywhere in NZ between 1 and 4 business days, and is often on the faster side of this estimate. However, exact delivery is dependent on local couriers, and in rare cases delivery can extend past this shipping estimate. If your order is past its expected delivery date, please send us an email and we will follow up your order urgently.

Groundd Return Policy

Return Policy:

You will a full refund for your order within 14 days of receiving your order and returned to us in like new condition. Cost of postage for return is not covered by Groundd.

We first recommend trying thank blanket for up to 5 nights before deciding to return as it can take time for your body to get used to sleeping under a weighted blanket.

However, if you are not completely satisfied with your Groundd weighted blanket within 14 nights of receiving your order, you are entitled to a full refund.

We will process your refund once we have received the returned weighted blanket from you and have accessed eligibility based on conditions below.


Conditions:

Weighted blanket must be returned to us by customer in original packaging.

Weighted blanket must be unwashed in the same condition as received new. If there are any signs of damage, marks, dirt, pet fur, stains, smells, or bed bug infestations it is no longer eligible for return nor replacement.

For all returns, your original purchase receipt is required in order to process your refund.

See next question for return address.

How to return your order

1. Ensure your blanket and cover are in like new condition, see terms in question above, and re-package in original packaging if possible.

2. Notify us by email at hello@groundd.nz that you are returning your order.

3. Send your order to our warehouse at:

Attn: Groundd

Supply Chain Solutions

74 Westney Rd, Mangere, Auckland 2022

Cost of postage for returns is not covered by Groundd.

4. Your refund will be processed as soon as we receive your return and have assessed condition.

What do you do with returned blankets?

Most of our returned blankets are donated to local charity organisations including Autism NZ. We sometimes use a few of them for demos/samples products.

You will not receive a returned blanket when you place an order on Groundd.nz

How Do I Use My Weighted Blanket

Does the weighted blanket replace my duvet? 

Yes, you can use your weighted blanket as your main cover.

During especially cold nights/months, you may wish to have more warmth than our blankets provide as they are very breathable. In this case, we recommend putting another warm layer on top of the weighted blanket, having your weighted blanket as the layer closest to your body will give you the most benefits of Deep Touch Pressure.

Getting used to the weight

It may take a few nights for your body to get used to the weight of your new blanket. If this is the case, start by gradually using the weighted blanket over your legs first for a few nights, then pulling it higher. Eventually, the user should ensure the majority of their body is covered, starting at the neck down to the toes for maximum benefits. This will result in an even distribution of weight and allow the blanket’s calming effects to take place.

I tend to sleep hot, will the Groundd Weighted Blanket make me too hot?

Traditional weighted blankets (and bedding for that matter) is known to trap body heat, causing overheating and discomfort.

Groundd weighted blankets have been specifically designed with hot sleepers in mind.

Our blanket is constructed with high quality breathable layers of soft organic cotton on the outer layers and air channels on the inner layers to dissipate body heat when sleeping, not trap it. The fine glass beads inside the blanket do not retain heat, unlike others filled with plastic beads.

Our weighted blanket covers are made out of ultra-breathable & 100% natural bamboo lyocell fabric. This fabric naturally absorbs body heat and wicks away moisture, making it the absolute best choice for hot sleepers.

Note: Although the cover is ultra-breathable it does still add two additional layers so if you are a hot sleeper, you may wish to sleep without the cover during the warmer months.

What are the benefits of
Weighted Blankets

What are the benefits of using a weighted blanket?

In addition to insomnia, weighted blankets have been found to be highly effective in managing symptoms of a wide range of conditions including anxiety, ADHD, Autism and many more.

See the list of benefits of weighted blanket here.

How Do I Use My Weighted Blanket

Does the weighted blanket replace my duvet?

Yes, you can use your weighted blanket as your main cover.

During especially cold nights/months, you may wish to have more warmth than our blankets provide as they are very breathable. In this case, we recommend putting another warm layer on top of the weighted blanket, having your weighted blanket as the layer closest to your body will give you the most benefits of Deep Touch Pressure.

I tend to sleep hot, will the Groundd Weighted Blanket make me too hot?

Traditional weighted blankets (and bedding for that matter) is known to trap body heat, causing overheating and discomfort.

Groundd weighted blankets have been specifically designed with hot sleepers in mind.

Our blanket is constructed with high quality breathable layers of soft organic cotton on the outer layers and air channels on the inner layers to dissipate body heat when sleeping, not trap it. The fine glass beads inside the blanket do not retain heat, unlike others filled with plastic beads.

Our weighted blanket covers are made out of ultra-breathable & 100% natural bamboo lyocell fabric. This fabric naturally absorbs body heat and wicks away moisture, making it the absolute best choice for hot sleepers.

Note: Although the cover is ultra-breathable it does still add two additional layers so if you are a hot sleeper, you may wish to sleep without the cover during the warmer months.

Getting used to the weight

It may take a few nights for your body to get used to the weight of your new blanket. If this is the case, start by gradually using the weighted blanket over your legs first for a few nights, then pulling it higher. Eventually, the user should ensure the majority of their body is covered, starting at the neck down to the toes for maximum benefits. This will result in an even distribution of weight and allow the blanket’s calming effects to take place.

Cover Instructions

How do you put the cover on?

The cover has a full side opening with a zipper. This allows for wide open access to the interior of the cover where there are 8 ties to attach to the blanket.

1. Open zip & flip the cover inside out and lay it flat on the floor or bed.

2 Lay the blanket out on top of the cover, and tie all the pieces together.

3. Turn the cover the right-side-out and voilà your weighted blanket will be perfectly aligned inside the cover and anchored in place.

Use with or without the cover

We recommend using with the cover on for general protection of your weighted blanket, plus the silky feeling of the cover is soothing.

However, you may wish to leave the cover off during the warmer months as it does add some layers, breathable as they are.

So, use with or without the cover as you require for temperature regulation.  

Shipping & Returns

Shipping

We aim to get all orders to our customers as fast as possible!

Once your order is fulfilled by our logistics partners, you will receive a tracking number for Courier Post. Courier Post has an estimated delivery to anywhere in NZ between 1 and 4 business days, and is often on the faster side of this estimate. However, exact delivery is dependent on local couriers and in rare cases delivery can extend past this shipping estimate. If your order is past its expected delivery date, please send us an email and we will follow up your order urgently.

Groundd Return Policy

Return Policy:

You will a full refund for your order within 14 days of receiving your order and returned to us in like new condition. Cost of postage for return is not covered by Groundd.

We first recommend trying thank blanket for up to 5 nights before deciding to return as it can take time for your body to get used to sleeping under a weighted blanket.

However, if you are not completely satisfied with your Groundd weighted blanket within 14 nights of receiving your order, you are entitled to a full refund.

We will process your refund once we have received the returned weighted blanket from you and have accessed eligibility based on conditions below.


Conditions:

Weighted blanket must be returned to us by customer in original packaging.

Weighted blanket must be unwashed in the same condition as received new. If there are any signs of damage, marks, dirt, pet fur, stains, smells, or bed bug infestations it is no longer eligible for return nor replacement.

For all returns, your original purchase receipt is required in order to process your refund.

See next question for return address.

How to return your order

1. Ensure your blanket and cover are in like new condition, see terms in question above, and re-package in original packaging if possible.

2. Notify us by email at hello@groundd.nz that you are returning your order.

3. Send your order to our warehouse at:

Attn: Groundd

Supply Chain Solutions

74 Westney Rd, Mangere, Auckland 2022

Cost of postage for returns is not covered by Groundd.

4. Your refund will be processed as soon as we receive your return and have assessed condition.

What do you do with returned blankets?

Most of our returned blankets are donated to local charity organisations including Autism NZ. We sometimes use a few of them for demos/samples products.

You will not receive a returned blanket when you place an order on Groundd.nz

Cover Instructions

How do you put the cover on?

The cover has a full side opening with a zipper. This allows for wide open access to the interior of the cover where there are 8 ties to attach to the blanket.

1. Open zip & flip the cover inside out and lay it flat on the floor or bed.

2 Lay the blanket out on top of the cover, and tie all the pieces together.

3. Turn the cover the right-side-out and voilà your weighted blanket will be perfectly aligned inside the cover and anchored in place.

Use with or without the cover

We recommend using with the cover on for general protection of your weighted blanket, plus the silky feeling of the cover is soothing.

However, you may wish to leave the cover off during the warmer months as it does add some layers, breathable as they are.

So, use with or without the cover as you require for temperature regulation.  

Sizing & Weight

Weight Guide

Will the blanket fit my bed size?

Weighted blankets are designed to provide even weight distribution over your body, not over your bed.

Unlike a normal duvet, the blanket is not meant to cover the whole width of your bed. Groundd blanket sizes are thoughtfully designed to generously cover your body providing maximum benefits of the weighted blanket.

If you share a bed with your partner and both want to use weighted blankets, see the next question.  

Can I share my blanket with my partner?

For maximum benefits from of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) from your weighted blanket, the weight needs to be evenly distributed over your body. When spreading one larger blanket over two people, DTP is interrupted as the weight is unevenly dispersed over two bodies & redundant bed space.

Groundd weighted blankets are thoughtfully sized for individual use.

Sizing & Weight

Weight Guide

Will the blanket fit my bed size?

Weighted blankets are designed to provide even weight distribution over your body, not over your bed.

Unlike a normal duvet, the blanket is not meant to cover the whole width of your bed. Groundd blanket sizes are thoughtfully designed to generously cover your body providing maximum benefits of the weighted blanket.

If you share a bed with your partner and both want to use weighted blankets, see the next question.  

Can I share my blanket with my partner?

For maximum benefits from of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) from your weighted blanket, the weight needs to be evenly distributed over your body. When spreading one larger blanket over two people, DTP is interrupted as the weight is unevenly dispersed over two bodies & redundant bed space.

Groundd weighted blankets are thoughtfully sized for individual use.

Care Instructions

Care instructions for the weighted blanket

Spot clean blanket when possible.

If machine washing is needed, wash blanket separately in delicate/gentle cycle in warm or cool water.

Hang to dry in indirect sunlight.

Do not iron, tumble dry or dry clean.

Care instructions for the cover

Firstly, zip up the cover before machine washing.

Wash in delicate/gentle cycle in warm water or cool water (30°C)

Remember to wash your sheets separately because zippers, hooks, rough fabric like denim, can cause pilling and excess abrasion.

As this is an entirely natural product, a small amount of pilling is normal, especially in response to friction.

Bamboo Lyocell is a strong, resilient fabric that will last a long time if cared for correctly.

For best drying results, hang dry in indirect sun light. If needed, tumble dry on low and remove as close to when is finished drying.

Bamboo Lyocell de-wrinkles itself naturally over time but should you need to accelerate this process iron on a light setting.

Choose a natural or mild detergent, do not bleach.

Care Instructions

Care instructions for the weighted blanket

Spot clean blanket when possible.

If machine washing is needed, wash blanket separately in delicate/gentle cycle in warm or cool water.

Hang to dry in indirect sunlight.

Do not iron, tumble dry or dry clean.

Care instructions for the cover

Wash in delicate/gentle cycle in warm water or cool water (30°C)

Remember to wash your sheets separately because zippers, hooks, rough fabric like denim, can cause pilling and excess abrasion.

As this is an entirely natural product, a small amount of pilling is normal, especially in response to friction.

Bamboo Lyocell is a strong, resilient fabric that will last a long time if cared for correctly.

For best drying results, hang dry in indirect sun light. If needed, tumble dry on low and remove as close to when is finished drying.

Bamboo Lyocell de-wrinkles itself naturally over time but should you need to accelerate this process iron on a light setting.

Choose a natural or mild detergent, do not bleach.

Pricing

What determines Groundd's pricing?

We are always happy to talk pricing as we strive to make our products as accessible as possible without compromising on quality.

We use premium raw materials in our products including 100% cotton and Bamboo Lyocell. Even our packaging is plastic free and reusable. These high quality and sustainable materials account for the vast majority of the cost of our products.

Unlike other stores that have large sales on blankets, you may notice we do not discount our products often and they never more than a small amount off, this again is due to using the highest quality materials that make up the final cost of our products.

We do strive to cut costs wherever possible that it will not compromise the product quality. This is why we chose to sell exclusivly through our ecommerce store and our direct to consumer business model. Direct to consumer means you can only buy Groundd from us at Groundd, cutting out any middlemen or wholesalers or stockists who take a margin which increases the final retail price.  

Pricing

What determines Groundd's pricing?

We are always happy to talk pricing as we strive to make our products as accessible as possible without compromising on quality.

We use premium raw materials in our products including 100% cotton and Bamboo Lyocell. Even our packaging is plastic free and reusable. These high quality and sustainable materials account for the vast majority of the cost of our products.

Unlike other stores that have large sales on blankets, you may notice we do not discount our products often and they never more than a small amount off, this again is due to using the highest quality materials that make up the final cost of our products.

We do strive to cut costs wherever possible that it will not compromise the product quality. This is why we chose to sell exclusivly through our ecommerce store and our direct to consumer business model. Direct to consumer means you can only buy Groundd from us at Groundd, cutting out any middlemen or wholesalers or stockists who take a margin which increases the final retail price.

Materials & Manufacturing

Where are they made?

Groundd weighted blanket are designed in NZ and manufactured in China.

What are Groundd Weighted Blankets made out of?

Outer layer: OEKO-TEX 100 certified cotton outer layer.

Filled with BPA and lead free glass beads within a thin microfibre polyester layer to protect and prevent beads from pooling.

OEKO-TEX certified for chemical safety. For more information about what this means, see question below.

What are the covers made out of?

The cover is made from 100% organic Bamboo Lyocell. This silky smooth fabric is as light as a feather against your skin, is highly breathable and is moisture wicking. The fabric is also naturally durable, antibacterial and anti fungal. These properties makes it the ideal fabric to sleep with, including for hot sleepers.

The fabric is not only ultra functional & comfortable to sleep with but unlike most bamboo fabrics, which are usually produced using the viscose method, bamboo lyocell is produced using a closed-loop system making it completely eco-friendly. See the next question for more details on how this innovative material is so sustainable.

The covers come in our Glacier colour, which is a soft grey blue with a lustrous finish and a calming tone.

The cover is also OEKO-TEX certified for chemical safety.

Why is Bamboo Lyocell more sustainable than other bamboo fabrics?

Bamboo is an incredible plant in its raw form. It is highly renewable, able to regrow to its full adult size in 3-5 years, growing up to 2 feet in 1 day. It is naturally pest resistant, meaning that no nasty pesticides are required to grow it and its planting helps rebuild eroded soil. On top of this the bamboo plant requires far less water, absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than similar plants such as cotton.

Although the plant itself is incredibly sustainable, when it comes to the way that bamboo is mostly processed into fabric using the viscose method, the overall environmental benefits are completely over weighed. To produce bamboo viscose, the material must go through an intense chemical process involving the use of harsh chemicals such as sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide. These chemicals are extremely harmful to the environment and people in general. Not only do they negatively affect the quality of the once-natural material, but chemical runoff from whoever manufactured the fabric is detrimental to local environments.

Unlike Bamboo Viscose, Bamboo Lyocell is a 100% eco-friendly fabric as it is processed out of bamboo using an innovative closed-loop system. This means that 99.5% of inputs are captured and reused in continuous processing. This technology results in a final textile that is highly sustainable, producing almost zero waste and is completely biodegradable.

What does it mean for Groundd products to be OEKO-TEX certified?

This certifies that every component used in a Groundd product is free of harmful chemicals and other substances and is 100% safe in human ecological terms. All products are tested by Independent OEKO-TEX certified partners. For more information see here.

How are Groundd products packaged?

Groundd is committed to only using recycled raw materials in our packaging.

Apart from the recycled plastic handles we are completely plastic free.

Our weighted blanket & weighted blanket cover both come in re-usable premium bags.

These cotton bags are packaged in our recycled cardboard shipping boxes for delivery.

Materials & Manufacturing

Where are they made?

Groundd weighted blanket are designed in NZ and manufactured in China.

What are Groundd Weighted Blankets made out of?

Outer layer: OEKO-TEX 100 certified cotton outer layer.

Filled with BPA and lead free glass beads within a thin microfibre polyester layer to protect and prevent beads from pooling.

OEKO-TEX certified for chemical safety. For more information about what this means, see question below.

What are the covers made out of?

The cover is made from 100% organic Bamboo Lyocell. This silky smooth fabric is as light as a feather against your skin, is highly breathable and is moisture wicking. The fabric is also naturally durable, antibacterial and anti fungal. These properties makes it the ideal fabric to sleep with, including for hot sleepers.

The fabric is not only ultra functional & comfortable to sleep with but unlike most bamboo fabrics, which are usually produced using the viscose method, bamboo lyocell is produced using a closed-loop system making it completely eco-friendly. See the next question for more details on how this innovative material is so sustainable.

The covers come in our Glacier colour, which is a soft grey blue with a lustrous finish and a calming tone.

The cover is also OEKO-TEX certified for chemical safety.

Why is Bamboo Lyocell more sustainable than other bamboo fabrics?

Bamboo is an incredible plant in its raw form. It is highly renewable, able to regrow to its full adult size in 3-5 years, growing up to 2 feet in 1 day. It is naturally pest resistant, meaning that no nasty pesticides are required to grow it and its planting helps rebuild eroded soil. On top of this the bamboo plant requires far less water, absorbs 5 times more carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than similar plants such as cotton.

Although the plant itself is incredibly sustainable, when it comes to the way that bamboo is mostly processed into fabric using the viscose method, the overall environmental benefits are completely over weighed. To produce bamboo viscose, the material must go through an intense chemical process involving the use of harsh chemicals such as sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide. These chemicals are extremely harmful to the environment and people in general. Not only do they negatively affect the quality of the once-natural material, but chemical runoff from whoever manufactured the fabric is detrimental to local environments.

Unlike Bamboo Viscose, Bamboo Lyocell is a 100% eco-friendly fabric as it is processed out of bamboo using an innovative closed-loop system. This means that 99.5% of inputs are captured and reused in continuous processing. This technology results in a final textile that is highly sustainable, producing almost zero waste and is completely biodegradable.

What does it mean for Groundd products to be OEKO-TEX certified?

This certifies that every component used in a Groundd product is free of harmful chemicals and other substances and is 100% safe in human ecological terms. All products are tested by Independent OEKO-TEX certified partners. For more information see here.

How are Groundd products packaged?

Groundd is committed to only using recycled raw materials in our packaging.

Apart from the recycled plastic handles we are completely plastic free.

Our weighted blanket & weighted blanket cover both come in re-usable premium bags.

These cotton bags are packaged in our recycled cardboard shipping boxes for delivery.