How Do Weighted Blankets Help With Anxiety?
Medical professionals have been using weighted blankets to ease patients for many years. Helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, weighted blankets have been a trusted source of stress relief and aiding in treatment sessions for therapy and medical procedures.
Today, weighted blankets are becoming a popular tool for reducing stress and anxiety while someone is home. Even in the office, a few minutes snuggled up with a scientifically designed weighted blanket can help promote deep relaxation. That is because the technology behind weighted blankets is “deep touch pressure stimulation”.
According to Futurism, deep touch pressure stimulation is more technically known as “proprioceptive input”. The article explains that this process “works by activating pressure points across your body. This relaxes the nervous system by increasing serotonin and melatonin levels while decreasing cortisol levels.” Weighted blankets promote calm, relaxation, mental wellbeing, and can help a better night sleep.
“In the United States alone, roughly 10% of the population is affected by a sleep disorder, and a staggering 18% of the population lives with an anxiety disorder,” the article cites. Bringing weighted blankets to those who struggle with chronic stress and anxiety disorders will be helpful. For the millions of other people who don’t live with stress and anxiety, the blanket can help with sleep. 70% of Americans struggle with sleep.
How It Works:
The weighted blanket evenly distributes pressure which stimulates acupressure points within the body.
Feeling the distributed pressure causes the body to feel as though it is being embraced or hugged by another human. Studies have proven that feelings of being swaddled or embraced are calming because of the production of oxytocin, often called the “love” chemical
In addition to oxytocin, the blanket and consequent relaxation stimulate serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Serotonin is associated with mood disorders like depression. Melatonin is the brain’s natural chemical for sleep.
As a result, a deeper REM cycle is induced creating deep, restorative rest.
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