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The Science behind Weighted Blanket Benefits

Weighted blankets have been used in the scientific health and occupational therapy space for over a decade. Studies published in peer-reviewed journals date back to 2008 from a wide range of researchers: neuroscience, bio-engineering, physiology, behavioral health and occupational therapy. The findings are very promising and speak to the efficacy of a weighted blanket.

The basic premise behind weighted blankets is the power of Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation. “Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded and safe*.” Besides feeling comforted and relaxed, the following benefits have been scientifically shown in most studies done with weighted blankets:

  • Naturally increase levels of relaxation with Serotonin and Melatonin release
  • Help reduce stress and anxiety levels by lowering Cortisol levels
  • Minimize fidgeting, anxiousness and other ADHD effects
  • Sleep longer and better with a “warm hug” feeling
  • Reduce symptoms of other sensory and sleep disorders including Insomnia, Anxiety,
  • Panic attacks, Autism, Restless leg syndrome and others.

*(Psychology Today) Link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201112/choosing-blanket-help-you-sleep

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