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    6 Benefits of Weighted Blankets

    6 Benefits of Weighted Blankets

    Weighted blankets are specially designed to weigh much more than a typical quilt or comforter and most are filled with plastic beads. A weighted blanket puts pressure on your body when you sleep, and these mimics the feeling of close physical contact. In this way, weighted blankets create an atmosphere of physical intimacy and security that can improve your mood and sometimes soothe sensory disorders.

    Weighted blankets offer many benefits to the user. The deep pressure touches a weighted blanket offers has a calming, soothing effect on people's moods. In a similar fashion, weighted blankets have demonstrated similar effects for people with anxiety, insomnia, autism, trauma, and other psychological disorders.

    Weighted blankets have several positive effects on the body, including the following:

    1.     Lowers Stress Levels

    A weighted blanket can improve your ability to relax by increasing serotonin in your body which then converts into melatonin “your sleep hormone”. The use of a weighted blanket along with this naturally occurring body function, guarantees a high percentage of relaxation to your body which will help you experience a calm night’s sleep.

    1.      Reduces Anxiety

    Wrapping yourself in a heavy, weighted blanket, getting under one or simply putting it over your shoulders helps to reduce anxiety. This has been studied and research shows that this does, in fact, work in most cases. So, whether you’re feeling nervous or anxious before a stressful event, having a panic attack or simply feeling on edge, having a weighted blanket handy can be a great tool to calm down and relax.

    1.     Reduces Cortisol

    Weighted blankets are likely to help reduce the percentage of cortisol in your body which allows for a better night’s sleep. Studies support that these kinds of blankets work at reducing this stress hormone.

    1.     Helps Reduce Feelings of Isolation

    Many people now feel isolated from the rest of the world due to some psychological and personal problems. Weighted blankets are a great choice to minimize these feelings. Wrapping yourself in a weighted blanket when you feel alone can increase oxytocin levels and provide instant calm.

    1.     Helps with Attention Deficits

    The gentle tactile feeling of deep touch pressure can work as a relaxer which significantly increases the concentration and performance of children with ADHD. There is also evidence that the extra sensory stimulation from a weighted blanket can help children improve their fine motor skills, especially if they have autism.

    1.     Control Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Weighted blankets might help to control the symptoms of this disorder. These heavier blankets boost your serotonin levels, which works to reduce symptoms of OCD, calm the mind and possibly reduce compulsions.

     

    Finally, using a weighted blanket is a simple change that can improve your mental health and make a huge difference in your life.  Also, you can find weighted blankets in a variety of sizes, colors, and fabrics. Depending on your needs, you’ll want to get a weighted blanket that suits you. Typically, 10% of your weight.

    If you have any questions about the size or weight of the appropriate blanket for your child or any other inquiry, we are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right size and weight. You can contact us by phone at 623.234.4156 or communicate with us via our website https://melissasweightedblankets.com .

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