Why A Weighted Blanket Become A Hot Commodity?
Weighted blankets are quilted blankets with a fair bit of weight to them because they incorporate pellets or glass beads to add heft (usually about 15 pounds worth). The weight is designed to soothe sleepers using deep touch pressure (DTP) and compression therapy, which help promote relaxation and boosts the release of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones.
Weighted blankets were once prescribed by therapists and psychiatrists to help people with conditions such as ADHD and anxiety, but now weighted blankets have gone from a therapeutic tool for those on the spectrum to hot commodity among sleep-deprived millennials. The reason for this mass acceptance is because more and more people have realized they are great in helping overcome typical sleep issues and anxieties.
Here are some benefits you could get after using a weighted blanket
1. Enhances Oxytocin.
The pressure from a weighted blanket is similar to a hug, which provides warmth and a sense of security. As research shows, a hug releases the hormone oxytocin in the body which helps create a feeling of relaxation, so you feel at ease. Oxytocin also slows the heart and reduces blood pressure, prompting the body to relax, resulting in improved sleep.
2. Arouse the release feel-good hormones.
Dopamine and serotonin are the culprits behind feeling happy. Weighted blankets loyally work in providing the much needed deep pressure touch that consequently triggers the release of these hormones. These hormones come in handy in countering stress, depression, and anxiety.
3. Reduces Cortisol.
A therapeutic weighted blanket helps ground your body during sleep which may deeply enhance the calming effect. Studies show that grounding may help reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that has a negative effect on blood sugar, digestion, and immunity.
4. Boosts Melatonin.
When the weighted blanket stimulates serotonin, melatonin hormones are also released — promoting sleep and helping regulate the sleep cycle. That’s the beauty of a weighted blanket. Overall, the blanket’s pressure provides a calming, soothing environment that is conducive to sleep, so the tense, anxious, restless person gets the sleep they need.
5. Medication Free.
With a weighted blanket, there are no medications involved whatsoever. This makes them worthy and viable options to mitigate some sleeplessness symptoms. However, if the problem is as a result of mental illness, it’s always good to visit a doctor.
6. Help children focus better.
Today’s over stimulating, media saturated, society is often linked to the fact many children are finding it harder to focus, especially in a classroom environment. Weighted vests have been shown to help children with attention deficit disorders focus up to 18% better (PDF). Similarly, weighted blankets have been shown to help children transition more smoothly from a high energy activity to a low energy one.
7.Improve your sleep quality.
Everyone who’s struggled with insomnia, no matter the cause, can empathize with finally getting to sleep easily, only to wake up a couple of hours later. Or to wake a good eight hours later, but feeling totally drained and not rested. Well, a weighted blanket can help solve those issues, according to a study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, where researchers found that with the use of a weighted blanket, “sleep bout time increased, as well as a decrease in movements of the participants.”
8.Relieves travel anxiety.
If you feel anxious in the confined space of a car or airplane, you’re not alone. Others feel disturbed by the frantic pace and crowds at the airport. Staying in a strange environment like a hotel room can be difficult for others. If you have these anxieties while traveling, you could benefit from a weighted blanket. The deep pressure stimulation from the blanket can help your body produce serotonin, the soothing hormone/brain chemical. In one study, 78 percent of those using weighted blankets considered it to have a calming effect.
9. Aids Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) .
RLS causes an irresistible urge to move your legs, often combined with a tingling or crawling sensation. It’s frequently worse at night, which can lead to disturbed sleep.
RLS has been linked, in some, to reduced dopamine production and since the gentle pressure from a weighted blanket helps the brain to release neurohormones like serotonin and dopamine, applying a weighted blanket to the affected area may help.
Overall, the deep pressure stimulation from a weighted blanket provides a calming, soothing effect that is conducive to sleep. Whether you have troubled controlling an overactive mind, problems with anxiety or issues with sleeping, a weighted blanket might just be the source of a more secure and sound sleep.