I have only very recently discovered the magic of weighted blankets and I have to say, I have been completely won over. I received one for my last Christmas and it is the one thing I never knew I needed. Sleeping with one if you have it quickly becomes essential. It’s no surprise that these wonderful blankets benefit many health conditions and improve quality of life.
Applying pressure to the body can enhance the feeling of being protected and of safety which lowers levels of anxiety in stress. Weighted blankets also contribute to the release of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is a chemical in the body that regulates mood and helps us to feel happy. Dopamine is another chemical in the body which releases the feeling of pleasure and receiving a reward. When both of these chemicals are released, the person will feel happier. A lack in these two chemicals can lead to mental health problems like depression and anxiety which the weighted blanket can be used to improve.
As well as releasing serotonin and dopamine, the weighted blanket also helps in the release of melatonin which is a hormone which controls when you sleep. Melatonin is released along with serotonin and helps make you feel sleepy when it gets dark and reduces when it begins to get light in the morning. This is great news for insomnia sufferers as this blanket can not only improve their sleep but also their mental health.
The weighted blanket can also reduce a hormone called cortisol which is a hormone released when stressed which effects the body’s ability to digest and fight off disease. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder can use a weighted blanket during periods of enhanced stress to feel calmer and happier. Studies also suggest that using a weighted blanket can improve chronic pain while using it by holding the body down in a comfortable position.
Overall I believe that many households would benefit from having a weighted blanket, life can be busy and stressful and many different situations can cause mental or physical discomfort which can be treated by a weighted blanket. After a busy day it is a wonderful feeling to be underneath one and as someone who can feel the pressures of life from time to time, I can honestly say that very few things come close to the comfort it provides.
The pricing of weighted blankets can vary significantly depending on quality and brand. Most are priced around £35 to £90, although some are more expensive at around £150. As the price goes up the better the material of the blanket gets and the more durable it becomes. I believe that these blankets are well worth the money and will bring you as much happiness as mines does to me.