The Science of Weighted Blankets
What Is a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets are blankets primarily used to assist individuals with sleeping disorders due to mental health conditions. Heavier than standard blankets, weighted blankets can reduce anxiety and quickly put to sleep troubled individuals. A weighted blanket is generally for therapy or medical use. Still, it has now become a mass-market product that is easily accessible by many. You can use it on the bed, couch, or anywhere you like to relax.
Weighted blankets are filled with hypoallergenic, non-toxic polypropylene pellets to secure that the person using them will be comfortable and allergy-free. These pellets are the weight of the blanket that gives a deep pressure stimulation.
Deep Pressure Stimulation
Deep pressure stimulation or DPS is a therapeutic technique that uses firm, controlled pressure to calm the nervous system. The pressure can be applied using hands, special massage tools, or weighted blankets that individuals can wrap around themselves to provide pressure relief. This pressure triggers a chain reaction in the body that releases an overall sense of calm and peace.
A weighted blanket often weighs around 10 to 20 pounds. This weight creates a deep pressure stimulation that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to take the rest-and-digest mode.
How It Works
Our nervous system consists of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The former is the “alert” system in the body that induces the “fight or flight” response whenever an individual is undergoing a stressful event. When activated for an extended period, an individual will feel anxious, tired, and always irritated, which will likely cause sleep deprivation.
Thus, the medical researchers invented the deep pressure stimulation technique to relieve the stressed body of the anxiety caused by the activated SNS. When applying deep pressure to the body, our brain will start the parasympathetic nervous system that brings a sense of calm and peace to mind and body. When the body is in a “calm” state, it produces more endorphins that make individuals feel happy and relaxed.
Benefits Observed With Deep Pressure Therapy
These benefits are not entirely experienced by every individual that tries deep pressure therapy, but rather these are potential positive effects one may get:
- General sense of calm
- Decreased overall anxiety when practiced regularly
- Increased happiness
- Improved social interactions
- Increased communicativeness
- Better sleep
- Improved focus
- Lowered incidence of seizures
- Lowered hypersensitivity to touch
- Improved ability to tolerate stressful environments
- Decrease in self-injury
Get Better Sleep With Better Sheep
We at Better Sheep offer you our luxury weighted blanket called Lambing Blanket. “Lambing” is a Tagalog term for showing tenderness or affection to another person. Our Lambing Blanket can simulate the feeling of being held or hugged at night, which can produce more serotonin and melatonin, which makes you more satisfied and sleepy. And as mentioned earlier, sleeping with a relaxed mind and body leads to waking up with more energy and enthusiasm to face the day.
Our Lambing Blanket is designed to precisely help improve your sleep, reduce stress, and wake up more refreshed. We make sure that our weighted blanket is made of only the finest quality of material for cover and inner weighted pieces that aren’t toxic. Get better sleep with Better Sheep’s Lambing Blanket now, and see how it changes how you get to live every single day!