Can Weighted Blankets Improve Sleep?
Getting enough sleep which for the average adult is around 7-8 hours each night has a huge impact on your health and quality of life. We all struggled with going to bed on time, getting а good sleep or even worse- not being able to fall asleep at all. That’s why a good number of people are turning to weighted blankets to deal with that pervasive sleeplessness and loss of sleep.
The pressure from the extra weight of the weighted blankets mimics a therapeutic technique called “deep pressure stimulation”, which is known to relax the nervous system, lessen anxiety, bring you sense of calm and eventually lead to deep sleep. This type of pressure has been shown to increase serotonin-a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of sleep that has a calming effect. Covering with a weighted blanket is often described as getting a huge, whole-body firm but at the same time gentle hug and we all know that having this kind of physical contact has an calming effect.
In a crossover study on autism and weighted blankets, both the parents and children felt the weighted blankets were beneficial in reducing sleep issues and the number of nighttime awakenings. These study results suggest an overall benefit of using weighted blankets to treat sleep disorders. The feeling of being held from a weighted blanket can lead to increased production of oxytocin which can relieve pain and stress while boosting your immune system and also help you sleep better at night.
If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night or your partner wakes you up by moving around, the weighted blanket is the solution to your problem. The evenly distributed weights provide a gentle downward force across the whole body which will help deter movement, encourage stillness during sleeping and thus guaranteeing a blissful sleep.