Many medical professionals worldwide agree that deep pressure stimulation helps relax and soothe the human body. Weighted blankets use this simulation of pressure to offer relief and therapeutic support. A weighted blanket is, in essence, a blanket with extra weight in it. Weighted blankets provide deep touch pressure or DTP. DTP is about gently applying pressure to the body to increase the release of serotonin, a chemical in the body that promotes relaxation.
- Elevates your mood
- Weighted therapy can help increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin overnight.
- Researchers also found that deep pressure significantly decreases cortisol levels. After applying deep pressure, cortisol levels dropped by 31%.
- Fights Insomnia
- Heavy blankets are mostly used for those with autism or sensory processing disorder, but more and more often they are being used for those with sleeping disorders, like insomnia or restless leg syndrome, as well as people who simply would like to improve their sleep overall.
- The soothing effect of a weighted blanket can create a more comfortable environment for falling asleep by imitating the feeling of being swaddled tightly in bed. This close physical connection provides a sense of warmth and safety, making it easier for the body to relax.
- Reduces Anxiety
- A weighted blanket is a safe way to lower your stress level and help you reach a relaxed state.
- The “relaxed state” results from serotonin production, which is necessary to release melatonin – the sleep hormone, which helps determine when we go to sleep and wake up based on our circadian rhythm.
- This means it’ll be faster to fall asleep, reduce anxiety, go into a deeper sleep, and move less throughout the night.
- Triggers Release of Feel-Good Hormones
- Deep pressure touch triggers the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are the two major feel-good hormones for your brain. Both these beneficial compounds can combat stress, depression, and anxiety, giving you an emotional pick-me-up after a quick snuggle session.
- Mimics a Hug
- Both hugs and heavy blankets trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone that slows down your heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and promotes feelings of relaxation.
- Material: 100% premium cotton with glass beads for weight
- Size options:
- 122 x 183 cm (Single bed size) – 7kg
- 152 x 203 cm (Queen bed size) – 9kg
- The weight of the blanket you order should be 7%-13% of your body weight
*Note: A weighted blanket would be smaller than an ordinary blanket because it is supposed to cover your body, not the entire bed. For the first few nights, you may feel it is too heavy or too lightweight. Getting used to a weighted blanket takes about 2-7 days.