As a general rule, a weighted blanket should cover at least 95% of your body and weigh at least 10% of your total body weight. Weighted blankets can weigh anywhere from 5-30 pounds. Choose wisely. https://weightedblanketreport.com/picking-the-right-weight-size-for-your-weighted-blanket/
The science behind the weighted blanket…
- Anxiety and stress relief
According to a study conducted by the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, “deep touch pressure” or DTP is a “tactile sensory input, which is often provided by holding, stroking, hugging, swaddling, and squeezing” that can calm someone who feels anxiety. Covering your body with a weighted blanket mimics the same soothing sensation that receiving a hug or being held can. On a more scientific level, it’s calming to the nervous system. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, the central nervous system responds by releasing chemicals like adrenaline, which cause the fight or flight response associated with panic. When you’re trying to relax, that adrenaline blast is the last thing you want, so keeping your nervous system calm is key. One way to do that? Get comfy on the couch with a weighted blanket.
- Insomnia relief
When your body experiences DTP (“deep touch pressure”), it’s believed to increase serotonin, a chemical that, among other things, stabilizes your mood and promotes sleep regulation, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Serotonin naturally converts to melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep. If you experience insomnia, curling up with a weighted blanket can trigger the deep touch pressure response and signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.
- Pain relief
In addition to psychological benefits, weighted blankets could help physiological symptoms, like chronic pain. While there is less information available on this, one thought is that simply getting a better night’s sleep (which a weighted blanket is suspected to facilitate) should aid in pain relief.
Almost anyone can use a weighted blanket, with the exception of infants and toddlers, for whom suffocation is a risk.
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