The Weight of the World

Let's explore the world of weighted blankets and “uncover” the benefits they may offer.

By Joe Castignani

In the quest for a good night’s sleep, the weighted blanket has been drawing attention. This therapeutic tool has gained popularity for its potential to alleviate stress, ease anxiety, and promote better sleep. Let's explore the world of weighted blankets and “uncover” the benefits they may offer.

Getting to know weighted blankets

As the name implies, weighted blankets are designed to be heavier than traditional blankets. A weighted blanket uses “a calm-inducing amount of pressure on your entire body, similar to the feeling of being hugged, swaddled, stroked, or held. The right size and weight of a weighted blanket depend on a person’s needs.

They come in a variety of styles, colors, textures and weights. Although you can use a weighted blanket anywhere that you’d like to relax, let’s focus on how weighted blankets have been proven to enhance sleep quality for many people.

How can a weighted blanket help sleep?

Weighted blankets have been found to promote sleep in several ways.

Comfort and Security: Weighted blankets mimic the snug feeling of a tight swaddle, promoting a sense of security. This comfort can help individuals doze off more quickly.

Stress and Anxiety Relief: The pressure therapy provided by a weighted blanket may manage feelings of stress and anxiety, contributing to improved sleep by alleviating stressful thoughts.

Enhanced Sleep Quality: Through pressure therapy, weighted blankets are believed to stimulate the production of serotonin, reduce cortisol (stress hormone), and increase melatonin levels, thereby enhancing overall sleep quality.

Calming the Nervous System: By distributing weight evenly, these blankets may calm an overactive nervous system, helping to activate the relaxing parasympathetic nervous system in preparation for sleep.

What we have learned

Whether you're tackling stress, staving off anxiety, or simply wish to pursue the potential of a better night's sleep, weighted blankets are here to make bedtime the highlight of your day.

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Dream big, work hard, sleep ambitiously,

 Joe Castignani