What Exactly Do Weighted Blankets Do?
There’s an ongoing trend in releasing stress, easing anxiety, and snoozing more soundly – getting a weighted blanket therapy. It involves the use of anxiety-calming blankets, which are necessarily quilts filled with glass beads or plastic pellets to add weight. The added weight is supposed to calm people, then in effect, ease anxiety, manage insomnia, and release stress.
The Science Behind Weighted Blanket Therapy
Due to the added weight provided by its fillers, calming blankets provide gentle, steady pressure on the body when in use. This physical pressure experienced during a weighted blanket therapy works similar to an OT technique called deep touch pressure therapy.
Research shows that this type of pressure increases the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of sleep that has a calming effect. Similarly, that feeling of getting a nice, warm hug from a weighted blanket stimulates your body to produce oxytocin, a hormone that relieves pain and stress while boosting your immune system. Experts also claim that the gentle, steady pressure provided by weighted blankets activates the parasympathetic nervous system – a division of our body’s control system that slows the heart rate, relaxes muscles, and produces a calm and relaxed feeling in the mind and body.
Benefits of Getting a Weighted Blanket Therapy
With serotonin, oxytocin, and parasympathetic nervous system working hand-in-hand, you can expect to reap the following benefits from using a weighted blanket:
- Feel calm and relaxed during fits of anxiety and stress
- Fall asleep faster AND stay asleep at night thanks to the comforting feeling provided by the calming blanket
- Enhanced sleep quality which is something that people who rely on medications to deal with insomnia miss out on
- Feel well-rested and have higher levels of energy after getting a good night’s sleep
- Have an improved mood due to the increased levels of serotonin, also known as the “happy hormone.”
- Alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as elevated blood pressure and pulse rate
- Helps people with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) to calm down
- Calm the irritated nerves and intolerable sensations on the lower extremities of people with restless leg syndrome
Order Your Weighted Blanket Now
Are you ready to ease stress, curb anxiety, or experience a more restful, satisfying sleep? Then getting a weighted blanket therapy is a must-try non-pharmaceutical option for you. Learn more about our calming blankets and get started on your weighted blanket therapy.