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Stress is the body's reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure.
Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships, money problems and technology. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. Poor sleep is a common sign of stress as is loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating.
Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. These stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressures or threats – the "fight or flight" response.
Once the pressure or threat has passed, your stress hormone levels will usually return to normal. However, if you're constantly under stress, these hormones remain in your body, leading to the symptoms of stress.
There are lots of things you can do to help relieve stress and its consequences such as sports activities and a healthy diet. Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS), has been shown to trigger a switch from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest” and that’s where a weighted blanket can help.
Weighted blankets have long been used for deep pressure therapy. The weight ofthe blanket acts on the muscles, tendons and joints, creating a greater body awareness and self-control. Production of serotonin (the happiness hormone), and melatonin (the sleep hormone), are promoted, and cortisol (the stress hormone) production reduced, this results in relaxation of your muscles and nervous system, reducing tension and stress.
A weighted blanket: can trigger a switch from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest” promotes production of serotonin and melatonin reduces cortisol