Benefits of using a Weighted Blanket | Go To The Cupboard
Benefits of using a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets have been used as sleep aids and calming aids in special-needs communities for years. Some of the earliest implementations date back to 1999, when the occupational therapist Tina Champagne began using weighted blankets to help some mental-health patients.
In recent years, weighted blankets have gained mainstream popularity as more people recognizes the benefits. Today, weighted blankets are not only used by people with stress or anxiety, but anyone who wants to improve their sleep quality can use it! Aside from using a weighted blanket during sleep, you can also use a weighted blanket while sitting comfortably in your favorite chair reading a book, meditating, or binge-watching your favorite movies and tv show.
Some of the benefits of using a weighted blanket include:
✔️ Relieves worry, stress and anxiety
✔️ Promotes restful sleep and improving sleep quality
✔️ Increased relaxation
✔️ Reduces body tension and pain
✔️ Eases restlessness and irritability in the elderly
✔️ Prevents short-circuit and meltdown
✔️ Promotes a happier mood and improving overall focus
✔️ Creates a calming effect
✔️ Lowers heart rate, blood pressure and regulating your breathing while you are relaxing or sleeping
✔️ Reduces motoric uneasiness and hyperactivity
✔️ Eases Autism symptoms
✔️ Alleviates symptoms of menopause
✔️ Eases of Restless Leg Syndrome
Weighted blankets can be used by anyone. If you are having trouble sleeping, or if you still feel tired after 6 to 7 hours of sleep, your sleep quality is poor. You can easily improve your sleep quality by using one of these 5 easy steps (link to blog post 1) or try using our therapeutic weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets are designed to give you a feeling of calmness and happiness. This therapeutic effect will increase the release of serotonin in the brain, also known as the “happy” chemical because it creates a sense of calm and well-being. The idea of using weight as a calming strategy has some basis in current medical practice.
According to this article published by SciMED, researchers found that “participants had a positive impact on sleep, both objectively and subjectively, where a number of physiological and behavioral measures were improved during weighted blanket use.” The article also concluded “When the participants used the weighted blanket, they had a calmer night’s sleep, with a decrease in movements.” and “believed that using the blanket provided them with a more comfortable, better quality, and more secure sleep.”
When choosing a weighted blanket for yourself, remember to find one with a suitable weight. A guide would be to choose one that is about 10% of your body weight. Here’s a simple chart to ensure you find yourself a perfect weighted blanket.