Weighted blankets are developed for the purpose of relieving stress and anxiety. While using these blankets, they provide the sensation of being hugged or embraced. They are individually made according to your height and body weight.
However, they offer much more than just a hug. Studies have shown that using a weighted blanket increases the level of serotonin and melatonin as well as reduces cortisol. Also, weighted blankets contribute to the improvement of your mood by helping you to achieve a restful sleep throughout the night.
Gravity blankets should not be confused with thicker or down filled blankets because they are made with special deep touch technology that spreads even pressure all over your body.
The weight of the blanket, which equals to approximately 10% of your own body weight, creates a pleasant and satisfying sense of well-being when using the blanket at night. The result is a euphoric feeling of complete relaxation for your body and nervous system. Your body releases serotonin (happiness hormone) and melatonin (sleep hormone), so you can fall asleep peacefully or sit calmly while relaxing on the couch.
The Science Behind the Blanket
Although weighted blankets have been used throughout the medical community for some time now, recent scientific studies have only now begun to discuss the various health advantages. The results found so far are remarkable.
Weighted blankets use the power of proprioceptive input, also known as “deep touch" pressure stimulation, which is a well-regarded therapeutic treatment that stimulates pressure points found in the body. This pressure stimulation contributes to the improvement of sleep, mood, and relaxation.
This also contributes to the reduction of cortisol levels and increases the production of serotonin. Thus, the treatment helps to regulate both heart rate and blood pressure.