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Benefits of a Weighted Blanket

 1. EASES INSOMNIA

One in three (33%) Australians have trouble falling asleep.  More and more people are reporting poor sleep due to increased stress from busier lives. Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep, unable to stay asleep or waking multiple times. Weighted blankets provide deep touch pressure stimulation which encourages a restful calming sleep. This sensation causes the release of hormones and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that soothe the nervous system, reduce anxiety and arousal. One of these hormones is serotonin, a chemical that regulates sleep.

 

2. IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY

Fatigue is often caused by poor quality of sleep.  It is important to get the right amount of sleep and ensure that the sleep you get is truly restful and restorative.  One method to improve sleep quality is by using a weighted blanket.  A weighted blanket can improve sleep quality through deep touch pressure stimulation.  Deep touch pressure stimulation releases the relaxation hormone, serotonin, which helps to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake feeling rested. 

3. REDUCES ANXIETY AND RESTLESSNESS

The deep touch stimulation from a weighted blanket has been shown to produce a soothing effect that helps to reduce anxiety.  Because deep touch pressure provides a calming effect that aids sleep, it also helps ease restlessness as well.  Both anxiety and restlessness are common in those with ADHD and research shows that a reduction of these symptoms can help with sleep problems as well. 

4. FIGHTS BACK AGAINST STRESS

Stress occurs in our everyday lives and it becomes a problem when it is chronic.  The negative side effects can take a toll on your mental and physical health.  Studies have shown that the deep touch pressure stimulation therapy from weighted blankets can help with stress. 

5. ENHANCES OXYTOCIN

The pressure from a weighted blanket closely mimics a hug, which provides warmth and a sense of security.  A hug releases the hormone oxytocin in the body which helps to create a feeling of relaxation and ease.  Oxytocin also helps to slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure, prompting the body to relax, resulting in improved sleep.

6. RELEASES DOPAMINE AND SEROTONIN

A weighted blanket provides a gentle yet deep pressure that goes deep within the body.  Researchers have found that this deep touch pressure stimulation promotes the release of two brain chemicals - dopamine and serotonin, both which have a calming effect that combats anxiety, stress, and depression.  Serotonin is the hormone that affects mood disorders.  Boosting levels of serotonin with weighted blanket therapy may be enough to improve mood and ease sadness.

7. REDUCES CORTISOL

Weighted blanket therapy helps to ground your body during sleep which may deeply enhance the calming effect.  This grounding may help reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that has a negative effect on blood sugar, digestion, and immunity.

 

8. BOOSTS MELATONIN

When weighted blanket therapy boosts serotonin, the hormone melatonin is also released which helps to promote sleep and help regulate the sleep cycle. 

9. PROMOTES CALM 

When you have had a bad day filled with stress, wrapping yourself up in a weighted blanket can help make things better.  This is because the deep pressure touch stimulation provided by a weighted blanket can help release feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin to help boost mood and reduce anxiety.

10. ENCOURAGES FOCUS IN THE CLASSROOM

School can be a challenge with children who have autism or other sensory processing disorders.  Classrooms and hallways can be noisy and overwhelming which can become frustrating and trigger meltdowns.  Teachers and occupational therapist have encouraged the use of weighted vests and lap pads as research shows that the firm, but gentle pressure helps kids feel less anxious and more focused.

11. HELPS WITH SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Researchers have described sensory processing disorder as a ‘traffic jam’ in the brain.  The information gets in, but it somehow gets jumbled up and backed up which can lead to anxiety and meltdowns.  This happens particularly in young children as they do not have the emotional maturity to verbalise and process how they are feeling. 

Studies have shown that weighted blankets can produce a ‘calming effect’ in kids and adults with sensory processing disorder and can help reduce the anxiety and meltdowns usually associated with sensory processing disorder.

12. IMPROVES FOCUS FOR ADHD

A lack of focus is one of the main features of ADHD which can become a major problem for both adults and children.  Some people with ADHD can have trouble completing a task or even inclined towards impulsiveness and/or restlessness. 

Deep touch pressure stimulation, one of the main features of weighted blankets, has been shown to produce a calming, soothing effect that reduces anxiety.  This deep touch pressure also helps with mood and sleep which is great for addressing these symptoms in ADHD sufferers.

13. MANAGES AUTISM SYMPTOMS

Researchers have found it possible to manage the symptoms of autism through a variety of treatments and therapies.  Massage or touch therapy has been found to help control the symptoms of autism.  Studies have noted that touch therapy has immediate and long-term effects on the body’s biochemistry by decreasing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine which helps improve anxiety, mood, impulse control and more. 

14. HELPS MANAGE OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects 1 in 40 adults and is characterized by persistent, obsessive thoughts and behaviours.  This disorder can cause a range of symptoms and behaviours and is unique for everyone.  Like other psychological disorders OCD has been linked to low serotonin levels.  By using deep touch stimulation therapy to boost serotonin levels, weighted blankets may help boost serotonin and ease the severity of OCD.

15. SOOTHES SYMPTOMS OF PANIC DISORDER

Studies have shown that people who sleep with a weighted blanket wake up feeling less anxious and more refreshed.  Because fatigue is a common trigger for a panic disorder, a good night’s rest is invaluable when it comes to controlling them.  Weighted blanket therapy helps to calm both the body and the brain by promoting the release of the ‘calming’ hormones and neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin).

16. ADDRESSES SYMPTOMS OF PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is most strongly associated with people to have experienced trauma in their past.  Various forms of therapy can help ease these symptoms of PTSD which include anxiety, insomnia, and depression.  Researchers have observed that weighted blanket therapy helps to reduce anxiety as well as lower blood pressure and reduce pulse rates. 

17. HELPS FIBROMYALGIA PAIN

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, idiopathic pain in at last 11 out of 18 pain points.  Idiopathic means unknown source or cause.  It is a complex disease which causes chronic muscle, ligament and tendon pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points on the body.  The aching muscles and chronic fatigue associated with fibromyalgia can make even everyday activities painful and difficult without medication.  Fibromyalgia can be debilitating and there is no current cure for it, only certain drugs to help manage and alleviate symptoms.  For some people, the gentle firm pressure of a weighted blanket is an important tool for preventing fibro flare-ups.  The mild pressure can also help reduce anxiety and depression to help improve sleep, reduce the need for painkillers and help improve overall quality of life.

18. EASES SYMPTOMS OF RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME

Restless leg syndrome is often described as a tingling or ‘creepy crawly’ feeling in the legs.  These symptoms tend to happen more frequently at night and can lead to insomnia and unsatisfying sleep.  Many patients report relief with weight or constant pressure on their legs and some have turned to compression socks for this relief. Compression socks can become extremely uncomfortable if they are too tight and are difficult for people with arthritis or mobility challenges to put on.  Weighted blankets provide the deep pressure they require without the restriction on their legs to provide the relief they need to relax and fall asleep.

19. HELPS RELIEVE TOURETTE'S SYMPTOMS  

People with this neurological disorder have uncontrollable symptoms like tics and movements which can cause them great fatigue and anxiety.  The deep pressure therapy from a weighted blanket can help ease the anxiety and provide a sense of calm that improves their quality of sleep.

20. EASES PAIN WITHOUT DRUGS

Many people have reported that a weighted blanket helps to relieve pain so that they can stop the cycle of prescription painkillers.  A weighted blanket is a 100% natural alternative to prescription or non-prescription drugs by providing deep pressure touch to providing a grounding effect to the body.  This grounding effect helps to create a deep calming effect that helps reduce both chronic stress and anxiety to help promote sleep.