The Benefits of A Weighted Blanket - Reduce Anxiety & Improve Sleep
There's nothing better than curling up in front of the TV bundled in your favourite blanket and hugging that special someone (even if it is just a pillow at times!). For some, this added pressure immediately becomes a soothing sensation.
How you ever wondered why that is?
Why hugging someone - or even putting on something heavy on top of yourself (like a lead jacket when you're preparing to take an X-ray) - creates that feeling of calm?
It all has to do with proprioceptive input, a concept utilised by weighted blankets. Basically, proprioception is one of the rarely talked about senses that is, nonetheless, highly beneficial. It informs the brain about your position in space, allowing it to relax and unwind.
Read on the learn more about the benefits of a weighted blanket, and how it can help you relax and sleep better!
Why Are Weighted Blankets Becoming So Popular?
Weighted blankets are becoming a huge trend in 2018, but this calming practice has been around for generations.
For a long time now, therapists have been using the technique of deep touch pressure stimulation to treat conditions such as autism, ADHD and PTSD.
Recently, there have been revolutionary studies showing how effective this type of therapy can be at treating disorders such as anxiety, stress and insomnia.
However, you don’t have to be affected by sleeping disorders to reap the benefits of a weighted blanket.
A lot of people are using this method of relaxation to get to deeper REM sleep, which means that their productivity and mental well-being benefit every time they go to bed.
When designing the Calming Blanket, we paid extra care to ensure that it’s beneficial to people who are feeling anxious and stressed - according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there’s plenty of us out there! Anxiety disorder is the most common mental health condition in Australia, with 1 in every 3 women suffering from it.
As a nation, we also have downright rotten sleep patterns - according to Sleep Health Foundation, between 33 and 45 percent of Aussies struggle with getting a shut eye, which can result in reduced quality of life and poor productivity.
What Do Weighted Blankets Owe Their Benefits To?
The benefits of weighted blankets are there because of something called proprioceptive input or “deep touch pressure stimulation”.
To understand why this is beneficial we need to understand a little bit about the body and how it works.
Basically, our mind is constantly sending 'questions' to our body looking for feedback about its positioning in space.
When we use a blanket that is weighted it provides proprioceptive input, answering these questions allowing your brain to relax more.
According to a published study:
- 33% of people using a weighted blanket had decreases in their nervous system overactivity.
- 63% reported having lower anxiety.
- 78% preferred the weighted blanket as a tool to relieve anxiety over any other option.
This practice is also believed by some to increase serotonin, the main neurotransmitter for calming, and other 'happy' chemicals, whilst also decreasing cortisol, the body's stress hormone. However, due the fact that this effect is difficult to measure, we can't say with any real certainty that it happens. The evidence for it is anecdotal, but we do hope that researchers look into it soon to verify or debunk it.
Reap The Benefits of Weighted Blankets With The Calming Blanket
We created Calming Blanket from our previous experiences with frustratingly ineffective and poorly made weighted blankets.
We narrowed down the 3 main requirements that needed to be met to create the best weighted blanket, and worked hard to ensure that we get everything just right.
Because you’re spending your money and we care enough to give you a stellar product! We’re talking about your health here - that’s something we don’t mess around with!
Most important factors when buying a weighted blanket - soft fabric, sufficient weight, good weight distribution.
1. Even Weight Distribution
Many blankets have an uneven weight distribution, which makes them extremely frustrating to hold, not to mention very uncomfortable. Calming Blanket is made with unique non-toxic beads that evenly distribute over your body for optimal mental and physical well-being. Simply lay the blanket on top of you and it will fall perfectly into place!
2. Soft Fabric - It’s a Blanket, After All!
The fabric needs to be non-abrasive and ultra soft to ensure the weight is not counterproductive and uncomfortable. Calming Blanket is made from Ultra Soft Minky Fabric; one of the softest and most durable materials available used in the production of baby blankets - millions of babies around the world give it two thumbs up! As an added bonus, it also needs minimal care and is machine washable.
3. Enough Weight
Weighted blankets are designed to be 8-12% of your body weight. Some prefer their blankets on the heavier side, while some enjoy light pressure. With Calming Blanket, you have to options - 6.8kg (15lbs) and 9kg (20lbs) - so you can easily order a weighted blanket that best suits your needs!
Are you ready to experience the benefits of a weighted blanket all for yourself? Make sure to order Calming Blankets weighted blanket today, and it will be at your doorstep in 2 - 8 days (free shipping across Australia)!