Weighted blankets are lined with evenly distributed weight. The weight varies based on who the intended user is and the size of the blanket.
Manufactures design this particular type of blanket to be warm and to provide gentle, even pressure to your body. This pressure imitates “deep pressure touch stimulation,” or “a hug”.
Ultimately, deep pressure touch has a calming, soothing effect on moods, with many studies indicating their health benefits.
With this in mind, we take a look at why weighted blankets can be beneficial for health:
Scientists have shown that the weight of the blanket can help calm the nervous system of people in states of sensory arousal, which includes stress and anxiety. Research supports to calming benefits of weighted blankets. A study from 2015 found that after 32 adults used a 30-pound blanket, 63% reported lower anxiety and 78% preferred the weighted blanket as a way to calm down.
Recreates a Hug:
The weighted blanket essentially imitates the warmth and security that a hug provides. Both the blanket and hug use a gentle, firm pressure that goes deep within the body, producing a sense of repose which allows the body to relax. Studies show that hugs can boost serotonin and dopamine, which makes us “feel good”.
Around one in three people in Australia have at least mild insomnia. Insomnia means you regularly find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Weighted blankets may provide a comfortable environment which encourages you to fall asleep. Theoretically, the blanket will create a sense of being swaddled, while the physical connection that the person feels with the blanket gives a sense of warmth and safety. As a result, the mind relaxes, and the body can relax. Researchers found that 31 men and women with moderate insomnia who used the blankets for two weeks, reported a calmer night’s sleep. They believe the blankets helped them sleep more comfortably and securely and produced a higher-quality sleep.