How a Weighted Blanket can help you feel better and sleep better

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The hugging sensation of a weighted blanket helps to prompt your body to release hormones and endorphins which have a range of beneficial effects.

Hester Hammond

Do weighted blankets really work?

The honest answer is; not for everyone. However, studies show that sleeping with a weighted blanket can reduce anxiety and stress while improving sleep and we have many happy customers who will testify to that. But that's not all, there are a whole range of things that a Sommio weighted blanket can help with, here are just a few...

Improved sleep

Do you find it difficult to get off to sleep? It's late but you're still not sleepy? Finally you get off to sleep only to wake up one or two hours later? The number one benefit of a weighted blankets is that it brings better sleep.

Sleeping under weight kicks of the principles of deep touch pressure (DTP). The full-body DTP of a weighted blanket results in a more relaxed mind and body that drifts off to sleep in no time and stays asleep for longer – bringing the ultimate health benefit of restorative rest.

Besides making us feel irritable and bad tempered, sleep deprivation significantly reduces the ability to tolerate pain. If you’re living with a chronic pain condition, make sure to prioritise getting enough restorative rest.

Conquers insomnia

Some people periodically have problems sleeping while others suffer chronic insomnia. A weighted blanket can go beyond improving your sleep quality to aiding in the treatment of insomnia, helping people with this exhausting condition fall asleep more easily and promoting a deeper more restorative sleep.

Induces calm

Weighted blankets can help you feel calmer by lowering your levels of cortisol. Cortisol is our “stress hormone,” also known as the “fight or flight” hormone, and crucial to our survival instincts. It’s normal and necessary that cortisol spikes in stressful situations, but chronically high cortisol levels, such as those bought on by stress and anxiety, can harm your health. Natural solutions to keeping cortisol levels down, like using a weighted blanket, can help you feel less stressed and bring a sense of inner calm.

Alleviates feelings of anxiety

A study on the therapeutic effects of using a weighted blanket found that 63% of people found weighted blanket use made them feel less anxious. Why do weighted blankets help with anxiety? Research shows us deep touch pressure, the science that explains how weighted blankets work, reduces anxiety in two ways: It increases the body’s production of the “happy” hormone, serotonin making you feel less anxious and more relaxed. It also taps into the part of our nervous system responsible for breathing and heart rate and helps regulate these. Normal breathing and steady heart rate help reduce feelings of anxiety.

Helps relieve pain

People with chronic pain often struggle to sleep and tend to have elevated cortisol levels. A weighted blanket helps reduce cortisol production and promotes the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone) and is therefore a natural solution to help remedy these problems.

Brings the health benefits of hugging

It has been shown that there are many benefits to being hugged. However, with the current pandemic and resultant social distancing protocols, the lack of physical contact is having an effect on our mental health. A weighted blanket can not only help you cope with the anxiety caused by these uncertain times, it also mimics the effects of a warm hug, not the same as the real thing, but a good enough substitute to help get you through lockdown.

Helps autistic people rest easier

Dr. Temple Grandin, who was autistic, is mostly credited with bringing the science behind how weighted blankets work into mainstream use. Her research brought forward many of the benefits and applications of DTP (deep touch pressure) that are known today. The weighted blankets available on the market today are a modern take on the blankets used as a therapeutic tool to help autistic people during the 1990s.

Getting good quality sleep, and struggling to settle down are challenges autistic people often face. Weighted blankets continue to benefit those with autism in assisting them to sleep and settle down with ease.

Strengthens attention span

Studies show that a weighted blanket can help reduce hyperactivity, increasing attention span for those who struggle to focus or have ADHD. Sleeping under weight brings about more restorative rest, and a well-rested mind stays on-task with greater ease. A weighted blanket can also help you stay focused while doing tasks during the day – simply drape it over your lap or shoulders.

Helps treat sensory overload

Sensory overload is becoming more common in our modern society. Over-stimulation from devices and our day-to-day environment leave our minds overwhelmed and fatigued. The calming effect of relaxing under a weighted blanket can help your brain and body slow down and refresh.

Better mood

Sleeping under weight boosts your body’s serotonin ( “happiness” hormone) production. The increased serotonin from using a weighted blanket at night can spill over into the day, adding an extra little boost of happiness.

Eases symptoms of RLS

Restless leg syndrome affects many people. There’s still a lot we don’t know about this syndrome, but weighted blankets have proved helpful in bringing better sleep to those experiencing uncontrollable urge to move their legs.

Helps fight PTSD

It’s not uncommon for people with PTSD to experience hyper-vigilance as bedtime approaches. This mental health condition also comes with the anxiety and trauma of recurring nightmares. People who have PTSD have found that weighted blankets can help fight back against these sleep-related issues.

These are just some examples of how a Sommio weighted blanket can help. Why not give it a try, with our 30 day, no questions asked, trial period, what have you got to lose?

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