What Does A Weighted Blanket Do?

As a wholesale supplier of bedding, we have seen first hand how popular weighted blankets have become. Alternatively known as gravity blankets or pressure blankets, these cosy coverings are marketed as resolving sleep issues, and are a non-medical solution to unsettled sleep. But what does a weighted blanket do and why might they be beneficial for your establishment?

What is a weighted blanket?

When bodies are stressed, the heart beats quickly. Conversely, lowering your heart rate creates a calm feeling. It’s this process that weighted blankets aim to encourage.

Weighted blankets are typically filled with plastic beads. This gentle amount of pressure on the body activates the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby lowering heart rate and increasing feelings of calm. This is known as ‘pressure therapy’ and mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation. The weighted blanket’s beads evenly push the body downwards, creating a swaddling sensation known as ‘grounding’ which encourages the body to relax.

What are the benefits of a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are said to help with insomnia and reducing stress, but research also shows that they may benefit individuals who suffer from other conditions like chronic pain. These are just some of the benefits of weighted blankets…

1) Enhances ‘good’ hormones

Research suggests that weighted blankets encourage the body to release oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, and melatonin. Oxytocin reduces blood pressure and slows the heart, creating a feeling of deep relaxation that encourages better sleep. Dopamine and serotonin are equally important, helping the body to combat anxiety and depression. Serotonin also produces melatonin, an essential hormone in the regulation of sleep patterns. By helping to release these hormones in the body, weighted blankets promote restful sleep.

2) Eases pain

Weighted blankets ground the body during sleep, pushing it downwards. This gentle but firm pressure may therefore improve cortisol levels (a stress hormone), reducing the chronic pain that disrupts a night’s sleep, and mitigating the stress and fatigue that comes with irregular sleep patterns.

3) Helps with panic attacks

Weighted blankets could significantly help those who experience panic disorders. By encouraging better sleep, they help individuals wake up feeling more refreshed, but also work to promote calming hormones by stimulating a deep pressure touch.

4) Promotes a happier mood

Serotonin is the hormone that significantly affects mood disorders. By encouraging the release of serotonin, weighted blankets work to promote mood-boosting chemicals in the brain and body, reducing stress levels and enhancing the mood of users.

5) A cosy addition

Everyone has bad days. There is a wealth of research demonstrating the importance of touch and pressure in mitigating moments of stress or anxiety, and the deep pressure stimulation that weighted blankets provide can be just the hug needed to melt the day’s stress away. Plus, they’re super cosy and look welcoming in any room.

Put weighted blankets to the test

If you’re convinced by the idea of adding weighted blankets to your establishment, Homefords stock a fantastic weighted Sherpa gravity blankets that can give your customers all the benefits listed above. Guaranteed top quality at bargain wholesale prices, and the promise of better sleep – what’s not to love?

If you’d like to know what weight is ideal, check out our recent guide: Weighted Blankets: What Weight is Best?

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