How to Use a Weighted Blanket
Do you long for a good night’s sleep? Are you craving to simply fall asleep like a normal person, and stay asleep all night!? We understand… If you have problems with sleeping, anxiety, stress or obsessive-compulsive disorder, you might be interested in weighted blanket therapy.
Scientific research has shown that the type of deep pressure that a weighted blanket provides can help support reduced anxiety and have a calming effect that helps you sleep! Weighted blankets can have positive benefits that can help support a number of disorders, like anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and autism. In fact, weighted blankets were developed to help children with autism via a non-medicated, safe and effective method.
A weighted blanket provides deep pressure that releases the brain chemical serotonin, which is critical to a calm and stable mood. When serotonin is released, the body also releases melatonin -- which helps to promote sleep and regulate the sleep cycle. Excellent... The blanket also can help increase the levels of oxytocin, a hormone that helps provide a feeling of relaxation, making you feel at ease. Oxytocin slows the heart and reduces blood pressure, prompting the body to relax. Perfect...
A therapeutic weighted blanket helps ground your body during sleep which may enhance the deeply calming effect. Studies show that grounding may help reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that has a negative effect on blood sugar, digestion, and immunity.
Researchers say the deep pressure from the weighted blanket is calming to the nervous system, helping the anxious person get the restorative sleep they need. Ooooh… sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Anything that reduces the effects of stress is good with me!
Using Your Weighted Blanket
The therapeutic weighted blanket can be used to replace the comforter you currently have on your bed. However, some people prefer to use both a weighted blanket & an extra blanket or comforter on top or beneath it. As long as the majority of your body is covered from the chest down then either option is good!
To use the blanket, you simply need to cover your body from the neck down and ensure that it is fully covering your chest and legs. Your feet can be covered or uncovered, however, you are most comfortable :)
For best results, simply lie on your back while sleeping under the cover. This ensures the blanket’s weight will be evenly distributed across your entire body. Weighted Blanket Uses
Here’s a bit about how a weighted blanket works... A weighted blanket uses deep touch pressure to help with what’s called “proprioception” - a term that describes the brain’s ability to know where all body parts are in space.
For example, you can stretch your arms and then touch your nose. You can find your slippers in a dark bedroom.
What are weighted blankets used for?
There are many, many uses for these blankets and customers have noted that they can help support the following:
- Helps insomnia
- Eases anxiety
- Relieves stress
- Improves sleep duration & sleep quality
- Improves mood
- Calms mind & body
- Improves focus, attention, and other ADHD symptoms
- Reduces restlessness
- Helps fibromyalgia symptoms
- Prevents fibromyalgia flares
- Restless Leg Syndrome - RLS
- Reduces pain without medication
- Eases PTSD & panic disorder symptoms
- Helps relieve autism symptoms
- Relieves muscle tension and anxiety related to Tourette’s Syndrome
- Can help keep Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder manageable