The benefits of a weighted blanket
Do you belong to the large proportion people who suffer from insomnia? Are you looking for a natural method to regain better quality sleep and reduce your stress? If you answer yes to these two questions, discover the amazing the benefits of weighted blankets!
A simple cover that could help us fall more easily, it seems too good to be true. Except that a weighted blanket is not just a simple blanket. Still unknown in Singapore, weighted blankets have been the subject of a scientific studies that have proven their effectiveness.
The weighted blanket: enveloping and reassuring
Touch is a basic need. And because of the physical distance that has deprived us of contact for more than a year, we are even more aware of it. It is on this natural need that the weighted blanket was designed.
What does a weighted blanket look like?
A weighted blanket, is a blanket that differs in weight and texture from a conventional blanket. Because it contains plastic or glass microbeads, the weighted blanket weighs between 5 and 12 kg. For comparison, a good woolen blanket weighs two or three.
The weighted blanket is divided into small sections to spread even pressure throughout the body.
Like a real hug
Curled up in your weighted blanket, you feel safe. It's a bit like swaddling babies. The pressure exerted by the blanket acts on the parasympathetic system (the nervous system that predominates in quiet “rest and digest” conditions). This automatic function of the body can be compared to the brakes of a car. When activated, the parasympathetic system slows down certain functions. For example, it decreases heart rate and blood pressure.
The pressure exerted also allows the release of beneficial hormones as would a massage. Scientists speak of “Deep Touch Pressure”: this pressure is similar to a deep hug. In short, the blanket acts as a big hug!
Serotonin and melatonin, responsible for providing a feeling of well-being, increase when the level of cortisol, the famous stress hormone, decreases. Moreover, these blankets were originally developed to help children with autistic and sensory disorders.
The benefits of child and adult weighted blankets
This blanket, is perfectly suited for anyone, adult or child, suffering from insomnia and having trouble managing stress.
Sleep and anxiety
According to studies people using weighted blankets experience a significant reduction in insomnia, better sleep maintenance, wakefulness and a reduction of fatigue, depression and anxiety. The weighted blanket is also recommended for people who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).