Weighted Blankets: Sleep Benefits and More

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For many, a blan­ket pro­vides not only warmth, but also a feel­ing of com­fort and secu­ri­ty dur­ing sleep. In addi­tion to ordi­nary blan­kets, there are spe­cial­ly weight­ed mod­els that have a num­ber of advan­tages. They seem to imi­tate phys­i­cal hugs, help to calm down and fall asleep more sound­ly.

What is a weighted blanket?

Such blan­kets dif­fer, first of all, in weight — they are an order of mag­ni­tude heav­ier than stan­dard bed­ding. Typ­i­cal­ly, weight­ed blan­kets weigh between 2 and 13 kg. They are often filled with nat­ur­al mate­ri­als or plas­tic beads to give them the tex­ture of toys.

The extra weight adds warmth and gen­tle pres­sure to the body, which mim­ics a hug, a feel­ing of close­ness when a per­son is cov­ered with this blan­ket. As a result, accord­ing to numer­ous reviews and stud­ies, weight­ed blan­kets can improve sleep, improve peo­ple’s mood, reduce anx­i­ety, anx­i­ety, help in the treat­ment of sen­so­ry dis­or­ders, includ­ing autism, ADHD.

Influence of deep sensory stimulation

Psy­chol­o­gists say that in the brain of every per­son lies the desire and need for phys­i­cal con­nec­tion, hugs. They are need­ed to main­tain a healthy ner­vous sys­tem, for peace of mind. In prac­ti­cal psy­chol­o­gy, there is the con­cept of body-ori­ent­ed ther­a­py, where inter­nal prob­lems (includ­ing stress and poor sleep) are treat­ed with touch, mas­sage and hugs. In this case, there is a gen­tle pres­sure on the body, which gives a feel­ing of warmth and secu­ri­ty.

Such meth­ods are espe­cial­ly help­ful for those who suf­fer from rest­less­ness and anx­i­ety due to lone­li­ness and lack of tac­tile atten­tion. Most often these are chil­dren and ado­les­cents, but ther­a­py is also pop­u­lar among the adult pop­u­la­tion: in the mod­ern world, even among a large crowd of peo­ple, many feel lost and alone. This often caus­es stress, increased anx­i­ety, wors­ens sleep.

Gen­tle body pres­sure tech­niques have a calm­ing effect and have a ben­e­fi­cial effect on the func­tion­ing of the ner­vous sys­tem. At the same time, the pro­duc­tion of endor­phins increas­es, the heart rate decreas­es, sero­tonin and dopamine are released, and mood improves. With the help of body-ori­ent­ed ther­a­py, depres­sion is also well treat­ed. It is no coin­ci­dence that hug pil­lows, mas­sage mat­tress­es and wraps, anti-stress toys and weight­ed blan­kets are very pop­u­lar.

The lat­ter have been specif­i­cal­ly designed to reduce anx­i­ety in chil­dren and adults with sen­so­ry dis­or­ders. Here are some of the ben­e­fits of such blan­kets.

Reducing stress and anxiety

Reducing stress and anxiety

Regard­less of age, a weight­ed blan­ket is one of the eas­i­est and safest ways to reduce stress and relax. Stud­ies using blan­kets weigh­ing 10–13 kg showed that two-thirds of the par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­enced a marked reduc­tion in anx­i­ety. The sub­jects admit­ted that such blan­kets helped them calm down before such stress­ful sit­u­a­tions as a vis­it to the den­tist, an exam or a report at work.

The researchers not­ed that dur­ing the use of a weight­ed blan­ket, the ner­vous sys­tem in peo­ple nor­mal­izes, and they react more calm­ly to things that ini­tial­ly fright­en them. At the same time, it is not nec­es­sary to spend the whole night under this blan­ket — some­times it is enough to wrap your­self in it for a while to defeat stress.

Normalization of sleep

For those who often suf­fer from insom­nia, it is quite dif­fi­cult to believe that a blan­ket can improve sleep. But stud­ies show that peo­ple who went to bed with a weight­ed blan­ket fell asleep much faster and calmer than under a reg­u­lar one. The tight fit of the blan­ket to the body and slight pres­sure give a feel­ing of secu­ri­ty, warmth and com­fort.

Anx­ious thoughts that inter­fere with sleep grad­u­al­ly recede, and the per­son relax­es, and then falls asleep sound­ly. In addi­tion, such blan­kets, accord­ing to researchers, increase the lev­el of sero­tonin. This hor­mone is respon­si­ble for the lev­el of mela­tonin, a chem­i­cal that reg­u­lates sleep.

Release hormones for health

The “hug­ging” of a weight­ed blan­ket releas­es the neu­ro­trans­mit­ters dopamine and sero­tonin. These are two impor­tant hor­mones for nor­mal brain func­tion. Depres­sion and stress large­ly devel­op due to the lack of these hor­mones in the body. Wrapped up in a heavy blan­ket, a per­son relax­es faster, which reduces the lev­el of cor­ti­sol, a well-known stress hor­mone. Too much of it in the body begins to depress the immune sys­tem, increas­es blood sug­ar lev­els and reduces metab­o­lism. Using a weight­ed blan­ket helps counter this, sleep sound­ly, and wake up eas­i­ly in the morn­ing.

Benefits for Children with ADHD and Autism

Chil­dren with ADHD or autism are often prone to anx­i­ety and rest­less­ness and find it dif­fi­cult to sit still and con­cen­trate dur­ing activ­i­ties. Stud­ies involv­ing the weight­ed blan­ket have shown that with reg­u­lar use of the blan­ket, chil­dren with ADHD and autism become calmer, social­ly adjust­ed, and atten­tive. Their sleep, behav­ior, writ­ing skills and con­cen­tra­tion improves.

Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

One of the most effec­tive solu­tions for reliev­ing OCD symp­toms is to increase sero­tonin lev­els. This is done with the help of drugs, or nat­ur­al meth­ods. Weight­ed blan­kets are one proven way to boost your sero­tonin lev­els. They calm and relieve com­pul­sions (peri­od­ic obses­sive behav­ior). A weight­ed blan­ket relieves the first symp­toms of dis­ease states caused by low lev­els of sero­tonin: bipo­lar dis­or­der, post-trau­mat­ic stress dis­or­der, and aggres­sion.

Help with depression

Help with depression

The health ben­e­fits of hug­ging have long been con­firmed in med­i­cine. The gen­tle pres­sure of a weight­ed blan­ket can give a per­son a sim­i­lar sen­sa­tion. This stim­u­lates the release of oxy­tocin, a hor­mone that slows the heart rate, low­ers blood pres­sure, and pro­motes relax­ation. In addi­tion to neu­ro­chem­i­cal changes, weight­ed blan­kets improve ner­vous sys­tem func­tion and sleep qual­i­ty. With their help, depres­sion, insom­nia and states of increased anx­i­ety are effec­tive­ly treat­ed.

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Who shouldn’t use a weighted blanket?

Despite the impres­sive health ben­e­fits, weight­ed blan­kets are not for every­one. Since most of these prod­ucts are very dense and retain heat well, they can be a health haz­ard for peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to tem­per­a­ture changes. If a per­son has a chron­ic heart dis­ease, prob­lems with blood cir­cu­la­tion, with the res­pi­ra­to­ry sys­tem, ther­moreg­u­la­tion of the body, the onset of menopause, then it is bet­ter for him to con­sult a doc­tor before using a weight­ed blan­ket.

By Yraa

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