Feeling Stressed Out? Start Sleeping With A Weighted Blanket To Relieve Stress, According To Science
Being stressed out sucks. Anxiety becomes a never-ending cycle of waking up, feeling like you’re walking on eggshells, then going to be at looking at your eye-lids, unable to turn off your brain. There’s plenty of ways to deal with it, medically and therapeutically with remedies for anxiety: Diffusers, fidget spinners, chamomile tea, lemon balm, L-theanine from green tea, lavender, exercise, yoga, meditation, etc. You get the point.
One of the more recent trends for chilling out is from weighted blankets like the WarmEmbrace. It’s a heavy, weighted blanket with five different “anchor points” that, in a way, hugs you. Think of the comfort your favorite blanket provided you as a kid — That’s what this blanket does for adults. Here’s the science from Consumer Affairs:
Weighted blankets are “weighted” with plastic poly pellets that are sewn into compartments, and they usually weigh between 15 to 30 pounds.
They help ease anxiety and combat insomnia by relaxing the nervous system via extra pressure — a form of deep touch therapy. Studies suggest that when deep pressure points are triggered, they cause the brain to release more of the mood-lifting neurotransmitter, serotonin.
Adults can benefit from the weight of the blanket the same way a baby benefits from being swaddled. Sure, your blanket might be a little bigger than baby’s, but the science is the same. In each scenario, deep touch therapy stimulates touch receptors, transmitting a sense of calm and comfort — like a warm hug while you’re sleeping.
And yes, the weighted blanket thing is legit:
As a way to alleviate anxiety, weighted blankets are particularly effective. A 2008 study published in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health showed that weighted blankets offer safe, effective therapy for anxiety. These results were later confirmed by a 2012 study published in Australasian Psychiatry, which found that weighted blankets successfully decreased distress and visible signs of anxiety in patients.
But the therapeutic effects of a weighted blanket extend far beyond anxiety. The blankets have been shown to help patients battling depression, PTSD, behaviors related to autism, restless leg syndrome, and even those with menopausal symptoms.
Go back the project and grab one for yourself over on Kickstarter… It’s already doubled it’s goal and it still has nine days left.