10 BENEFITS OF WEIGHTED BLANKETS
- Sep 03, 2020
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10 reasons why you need a Be Humance weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are garnering more and more attention from healthcare professionals. Studies have documented their many benefits, from relieving symptoms of autism spectrum disorder or anxiety, to helping people get better sleep.
In this post, we share our 10 top reasons why a Be Humance weighted blanket is an essential part of your daily self-care routine.
1. Insomnia relief.
Research shows that insomnia is constantly on the rise. A recent study published revealed that between 2014 and 2019, the proportion of adults suffering from nocturnal symptoms of insomnia rose from 17% to 24%, an increase of 42%.
Are you one of those adults?
Insomnia can cause many health problems and can have serious consequences on the body. It is also a risk factor for mental health problems like depression and can contribute to medical problems like cardiovascular conditions.
Weighted blankets are based on a scientific approach called "Deep Touch Pressure (DTP)" which consists of deep pressure stimulation. It is a therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body to improve sleep, mood and relaxation. The heaviness of a weighted blanket promotes the release of serotonin, endorphin and melatonin, chemicals that regulate sleep. The secretion of hormones and the feeling of relaxation help soothe your muscles, allowing you to fall asleep faster and sleep better all night long.
2. Improved sleep quality.
Insomnia isn't the only type of sleep disruption that can affect your energy levels. Sometimes fatigue can be the result of poor-quality sleep. While getting enough sleep is essential, it's also important to make sure that your sleep is truly restful and restorative.
Weighted blankets provide restorative sleep and even have the power to increase the length of your sleep cycle by helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The pressure exerted by the weighted blanket increases the secretion of serotonin and endorphin, which helps your body relax more quickly.
3. Lower anxiety.
One in four Quebecers will experience intense anxiety at some point in their life. And just over one in ten Quebecers lives with an anxiety disorder; that is, a level of anxiety that interferes with their daily functioning and causes significant distress.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in Canada, even more common than depression and mood disorders.
There are many ways to deal with anxiety, including identifying your triggers and working on your thought patterns. The use of a weighted blanket is a complementary strategy to manage emotions, as it creates a heavy and calming effect. It also releases hormones to help calm your nervous system at times when your anxiety is high. A weighted blanket can be a great alternative to medication.
4. Lower stress.
In a world where everything goes at super speed and where we associate our self-worth with our productivity and performance, everyone is stressed out.
Did you know that you don't necessarily have to have a chronic stress problem to experience its negative side effects? Whether it's just a bad day at work, a couple’s quarrel or a pile of bills, stress can influence your physical and mental health.
Weighted blankets help you relax quickly. Deep pressure stimulation therapy is a simple and effective way to quickly reduce the effects of stress and improve your mood. Weighted blankets provide an immediate soothing effect and help relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of being held or cocooned. The blanket thus provides a feeling of security and plunges us into a state of gentle relaxation.
5. Better mood.
While it's normal to feel depressed or more irritable at times, researchers know that some excess sadness is caused by chemical changes in the brain. For example, if your brain does not make enough serotonin, your emotional health could be affected. Low mood, depression, anxiety and even autism are associated with abnormally low serotonin levels.
That’s where weighted blankets make all the difference. The pressure exerted by the weight of the blankets stimulates the production of serotonin in the body and decreases the level of cortisol (stress hormone).
6. Better concentration in individuals with ADHD.
One of the most common signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is lack of concentration. This is a problem both for children and adults. While some people with ADHD have difficulty completing a task, others are prone to impulsivity and restlessness. The bottom line is that ADHD can manifest a wide range of symptoms and does not affect everyone the same way.
Deep pressure stimulation with weighted blankets has been shown to have a calming and soothing effect and, given that they also help with mood and sleep, they are ideal for alleviating symptoms in individuals with ADHD.
7. Benefits for biochemistry in individuals with autism.
According to Harvard researchers, one therapy that has mounting evidence of support for individuals with autism is massage or touch therapy. In these studies, patients with autism responded more favorably to weighted blankets.
Touch therapy has been noted to have immediate and long-term effects on the body’s biochemistry, including decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increased levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which play roles in mood regulation, movement, impulse control, and more.
8. Relief of chronic pain.
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by diffuse pain in the body, and it is often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, neurocognitive disturbances, mood disturbances and other somatic manifestations. In individuals with fibromyalgia, nerve fibers throughout the body are more sensitive and active than normal, causing them more pain than people without fibromyalgia.
Weighted blankets are an essential tool for individuals with fibromyalgia or other common conditions associated with persistent pain, such as endometriosis, restless leg syndrome, arthritis, etc. They help soothe and prevent pain flares that these individuals experience daily.
9. Reduction of symptoms in PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects anyone who has experienced a traumatic or stressful event. Mental health professionals often see PTSD in individuals who have been involved in a serious accident or physical assault.
Various forms of therapy can help alleviate these symptoms, which often include insomnia and depression. One of these treatments is the scientific approach called "Deep Touch Pressure (DTP)", which is applied by weighted blankets. It is a therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body, allowing a significant reduction in distress and disturbing symptoms.
10. Simply because you deserve it!
Our team wants you to know that that you don't need to have a diagnosed medical condition to treat yourself to a weighted blanket!
EVERYONE can and should benefit from the regulatory and restorative effects that weighted blankets have on our neurotransmitters and muscles. It may be the right time for you to integrate a weighted blanket into your daily self-care and relaxation routine, wherever you are. Weighted blankets can be used just about anywhere, even while you’re traveling!
Remember that you deserve to be well, every day.