Weighted Blankets Benefits
Insomnia is a sleeping disorder classified by difficulty falling and staying asleep. For us to maintain proper cognitive function, we are require 6-9 hours of sleep. A weighted blanket is a form of deep pressure therapy touch stimulation therapy which refers to the consistent pressure to the sensory organs this in return releases serotonin, a chemical that regulates sleep.
Anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future but can also arise from something happening right now. Anxiety and panic attacks can lead to an unregulated sleeping schedule, headaches, and depression. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced and released from the adrenal glands, it is a hormone that is responsible for the “fight or flight” reaction, cortisol is also the primary stress hormone. High levels of this hormone can increase blood pressure. Through Deep pressure therapy, a weighted blanket is able to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body.
Restless leg syndrome also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease is a disease classified by the irresistible urge to move the legs. The urge usually occurs in the evening or during the night which can lead to insomnia. The pressure from the weighted blankets offers a calming effect to reduce the effects of restless leg syndrome.
Not only is serotonin a chemical that regulates sleep, it is also a chemical that can affect your mood. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and many other mental illnesses. It is proven that the pressure from the weighted blanket boost serotonin levels and decreases cortisol levels.
OCD or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is classified by a person having reoccurring thoughts and behaviours. OCD is considered a mental illness because it is linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain and low levels of serotonin. As stated earlier, the pressure from the weighted blanket increases serotonin levels, which can ease the severity of OCD.
Melatonin is a hormone that promotes sleep and helps regulate sleep. Melatonin is also linked to serotonin, so a healthy production of both hormones can potentially improve sleep quality. As serotonin increases, melatonin increases, and a weighted blanket has the potential to increase both of these hormones.
Weighted lap blankets have also been very popular with our customers at Cupboard Crafts. Weighted lap blankets are popular for school for students who have a particularly hard time focusing. This is a form of deep pressure therapy that has been in the school systems for years. A study also found out that children focus better while wearing a weighted vest.