Study has confirmed that Ultra-Heavy Blankets actually reduce stress and anxiety
The Science of Stress and Sleeep
Every night when we go to sleep, our body enters into the process of resting that can fluctuate in its effectiveness, with many factors causing us to feel more or less rested in the morning. Various sleep disorders are believed to affect as much as 18% of the total population of the United States, most commonly anxiety disorder that is felt today by more than 11 million people in the U.S.
While many scientists are focused on devising new ways of monitoring various metabolic processes that are active in our brain when we are asleep (such as brain’s dismantling of weakest neuron connections, which refreshes the state of our brain and causes us to forget the useless information), other scientists are more more focused on testing what outside factors can give us better rest.
One of such study points is the area of proprioceptive input, which is also known in the medical community as “deep touch pressure stimulation”. It is achieved by activating various pressure points across the body while the subject is asleep. The studies have confirmed that some pressure points can cause relaxation of our nervous system, an increase of serotonin and melatonin, while the cortisol levels can be noticeably reduced. All those factors can enable subject to enter into the more relaxed state which improves the sleep, reduces stress, and can boost mental health.
You don’t need expensive equipment if you want to experience the effects of the proprioceptive input treatment. In fact, all that you need is a weighted blanket. This item has been used in the field of medical science for a long time now, most often to provide more comfort and emotional stability to patients that were suffering neurological diseases such as PTSD, MS, and autism. However modern studies have confirmed that weighted blankets like those that are used for assisting above listed ailments are useful to anyone who wishes to induce better sleep. An occupational therapist with an M.S. degree from Utica College, Amber Martin, has described it in this way: “proprioceptive input is good for pretty much everyone and anyone. It can be very calming and organizing.”
According to some studies, the amount of weight that you need to have in your weighted blanket is around 10% of your body mass. Today, “weighted blanket” products targeted for use by the general public are starting to appear more and more.
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