We’ve all read the headlines and skimmed through the studies: For decades now sleeplessness has been on the rise in the United States, to the point where a third of us aren’t getting an adequate amount of sleep every single night. You don’t need me to tell you that’s a major problem — we can see how long-term exhaustion negatively affects the most important aspects of our lives, from not bringing our A-game to work to short-changing our personal relationships when we are too tired to react with patience toward those we value most.
I’ve never been a champion sleeper and have always been prone to late-night Internet deep dives. But sleep became noticeably more elusive during stressful transitions in my life, and getting relaxed enough to fall asleep became a nightly tossing-and-turning struggle.
Lo and behold, it was during one of those 2 a.m. Internet rabbit holes that I stumbled across a brand-new invention: Hug Sleep’s Sleep Pod. The fabric cocoon looked different from anything I’d seen before — my first thought was, “Is this a giant pillowcase? Am I the pillow?”
The material looked thin and stretchy, and by employing Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation (DTPS) technology, the pod claimed to provide the same calming pressure as a swaddle without the physical burden and bulk of a weighted blanket. Sleep Pod founder Matt Mundt explains it this way, “DTPS is a form of tactile input on the body, typically applied through firm but gentle pressure. This pressure helps in the production of serotonin, which can help bring a sense of calm and relaxation.”