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The Science of Slumber: Do Weighted Blankets Work for Better Sleep?

The Science of Slumber: Do Weighted Blankets Work for Better Sleep? Blankease

Introduction to the World of Weighted Blankets

Discover the Science Behind Weighted Blankets. Thousands are turning to weighted blankets as a solution for restless nights, but what makes these blankets so special? At Blankease, we delve into the science behind this sleep phenomenon to uncover whether weighted blankets truly hold the key to a better night's rest. Join us as we explore how a simple concept is changing the way we think about our sleep health.

Understanding Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are more than just heavy bedding. They are designed with resilience and comfort in mind, ideally comprising carefully stitched pockets containing fine-grade, hypoallergenic glass beads or plastic poly pellets that distribute weight evenly across your body.

The Science of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP)

Central to the workings of a weighted blanket is Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) therapy—an approach used in sensory integration therapy often practiced on individuals who have sensory processing issues. DTP applies firm yet gentle pressure across the body that mimics a hug or swaddling, providing a sense of security that can help calm the nervous system.

Investigating the Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Do Weighted Blankets Promote Better Sleep? Scientists and the general public are increasingly interested in whether weighted blankets live up to their reputation.

Here's what research has to say:

Anxiety Reduction

One of the most touted benefits of weighted blankets is their ability to reduce anxiety. A study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders suggests that weighted blankets can potentially lower anxiety levels due to their ability to decrease cortisol, a stress hormone, while increasing serotonin and melatonin, hormones associated with relaxation and sleep.

Improving Sleep Quality

Several studies have pointed towards improved sleep quality among users of weighted blankets. This improvement is credited to the enhancement of serotonin in the body which facilitates a better mood before sleep, possibly leading to longer durations of deep, uninterrupted slumber.

Assisting with Insomnia

Individuals struggling with insomnia may find solace under a weighted blanket. Research indicates an association between using weighted blankets and lengthening periods of deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. REM sleep is crucial for cognitive functions such as learning and memory.

Benefits for ASD and ADHD

Children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may experience benefits from weighted blankets due to their DTP effect. This form of pressure can help increase endorphin levels, which act as natural painkillers and mood lifters.

Real-Life Stories from the Blankease Community

We've heard countless testimonials from those within our community who've felt firsthand how a weighted blanket has revolutionised their sleep routine. 

Sammi G says 
"After nearly 7 long years of co-sleeping my son is finally sleeping through the night. He calls it his cuddle blanket. We're so happy. He takes it all over the house. "
Tahlia Bourke says
"My son is almost 3 years old and we have always had trouble getting him to stay asleep for longer than a couple of hours without us in his bed, since having the weighed blanket my son is getting a more deeper and restful sleep for about 4-5 hours. I have tried every sleep appliance under the sun recommended to us. But my son has really enjoyed having his dinosaur blanket to go to bed with."
Neha Raffaele says
"My daughter (2.5) was always a “great sleeper” but she started having restless nights & night terrors causing her to wake several times a night, every night! Since we got her the weighted blanket she sleeps thru so well, and wakes up rested! My only regret is not buying it sooner. "

Choosing Your Perfect Weighted Blanket

With many options available, selecting your perfect fit is key:

Weight Recommendations

General guidelines suggest choosing a blanket that’s around 10% of your body weight for an optimal effect – providing enough heft for DTP while still allowing ease of movement underneath.

Material Matters

Opt for materials that suit your preferences—whether it's cooling cotton or snuggly mink-like fabrics—and consider whether you tend toward hot or cold sleeping when making your selection.

weighted blanket materials

Care and Maintenance

Understand how to care for your investment—most weighted blankets come with removable covers for easy washing, but always check specific brand instructions for longevity tips.

Here is a video on Caring for Your Weighted Blanket with simple steps on blanket maintenance.


Overcoming Doubts About Weighted Blankets

If You're Still Wondering "Do Weighted Blankets Work?" For skeptics unsure about trying a weighted blanket, we recommend starting small—with perhaps a lighter throw version—or speaking to one of our knowledgeable customer service associates at Blankease who can guide you based on individual needs.

Embrace Quality Slumber with Confidence

Relish in Restful Nights Armed with scientific evidence and heartfelt stories from our community, it's clear that weighted blankets do more than pile on pounds; they open new sleep experiences. At Blankease, we stand by the promise that merging innovation with traditional comfort can lead everyone—no matter their age or requirements—to encounter profound serenity come nightfall.

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