A deep, relaxing sleep is important both for our body and mind. They can regenerate and recover from the day’s activities. After a good night’s sleep we have a better mood and more energy throughout the day. We have a positive view of the world and are ready to take up new challenges. On the contrary, if we don’t sleep well during the night, our body does not have an opportunity to recharge, we feel irritable, anxious, and if such a situation often repeats, we may suffer from insomnia and depression. Our concentration level is getting worse and we may have problems with remembering important things.
For those of us who are experiencing sleeping disorders, but also for those who are aware of beneficial aspects of deep and relaxing sleep and want to improve their sleep quality, there is a fantastic solution, which ensures sound sleep at night. A weighted blanket, which stimulates deep pressure touch and makes us feel as if someone was hugging or holding us, provides us with restful sleep.
The concept of a gravity blanket
A gravity blanket is heavier than a regular one. It is designed to be approximately 10-15% of the user’s body weight. As a result, it pushes the body downwards and imposes pressure on joints and muscles, thus ensuring a calming effect. Owing to the feeling of being hugged and held, it raises the levels of serotonin and melatonin, and reduces the amount of cortisol. It is also called an anxiety blanket, because it provides the user with stress relief, decreases anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure, and relaxes the nervous system. Additional weight of the blanket reduces tossing and turning during the night, thus maximizing relaxation.
Who can use a gravity blanket?
Almost anyone can take advantage of beneficial effects of a weighted blanket, particularly people with sleeping disorders. However, it is especially helpful for children and adults suffering from chronic pain, neurosis, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome or Autism. They may constitute an independent therapeutic tool or support the existing therapy. However, it should not be used by people who have problems with heart, circulation or temperature regulation, and anyone who has a chronic health condition should consult a doctor to make sure if they can use a weighted blanket safely.
The benefits of weighted blankets are amazing and finally there is a solution which does not require taking medicine, but is safe and comfortable for our body.