How They Work
Why Use A Weighted Blanket?
According to a 2009 study by Temple Grandin, Ph.D in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, DPTS (Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation) has a calming effect in children with autism and ADHD, and a similar relaxing effect is seen in adults without a medical diagnosis.
Millions of people around the world suffer from stress and anxiety. Studies reveal that at least 75% of people are living with physical and psychological symptoms caused by stress.
A weighted blanket can dramatically reduce your symptoms and help you relax because of it's cortisol-reducing effect. Prolonged use can even lead to lasting positive change in hormones.
In a recent study, 63% reported lower anxiety after use. Studies have shown that a person's nervous system calms down when under a heavy blanket. If anxiety is preventing you from relaxing and getting quality sleep, our blankets can go a long way toward fixing the problem.
Weighted blankets provide the user with Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation. DPTS encourages the production of serotonin, a hormone responsible for elevating mood. Serotonin is also a precursor to melatonin, a hormone responsible in the regulation of sleep. In short, deep pressure therapy can have a positive effect on both mood and quality of sleep.
Blue Hill Sleep Co. Weighted Blankets can provide a safe way to complement conventional therapies for people dealing with anxiety, insomnia, or conditions such as autism. Weighted blankets can promote relaxation and help users feel more grounded, providing a natural solution for anxiety, stress, loss of sleep and relaxation.
Read more about the positive effects of weighted blankets on insomnia here.
"In psychiatric care, weighted blankets are one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious, upset, and possibly on the verge of losing control," says Karen Moore, (Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed) of Franconia, N.H.
"These blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body," Moore says. "Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe." Moore says this is the reason many people like to sleep under a comforter even in summer.