Weighted Blankets: The Secret to Optimal Sleep
Picture this: You come home, tired and worn from a long hard day of work. All you want is to hit the bed and get a good night's sleep. When you finally lay down, however, you find yourself wide awake, staring at the ceiling. Perhaps you are thinking about your next meeting at the office, day-dreaming about catching up with your friend or re-living an argument you had in high school to come up with the perfect rebuttal — your mind builds worlds and fantasies, and you lay there, waiting for sleep to arrive.
If this sounds like you, chances are that you, like so many of us in today's hyperconnected digital age, suffer from a lack of sleep.
While sleeplessness may not sound like a serious health concern, long-term sleep deficiency has been observed to lead to a variety of chronic health problems. These include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Mental Health Issues such as Depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Doesn’t sound as harmless as you thought, does it?
So, how do we ensure we get a restful night's sleep and avoid any serious medical concerns associated with a lack of rest? Today, melatonin supplements, white noise machines, and more dominate the sleep market, with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the user’s preexisting conditions. However, there is one sleep aid that stands out above the rest, with a higher success rate than most other aids available on the market
Weighted Blankets: The Solution To Sleeplessness
Weighted blankets have become all the rage in the 21st Century for their effectiveness in mitigating insomnia and restlessness, and promoting better sleep.
But what exactly are they?
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that use small glass beads to evenly distribute weight over the user, mimicking a therapeutic technique employed by expert masseuses known as deep pressure stimulation or pressure therapy.
How Do Weighted Blankets Work?
Using the principles of pressure therapy, a weighted blanket induces a sense of calm by simulating the sensation of being hugged, cuddled and swaddled. These touch cues signal your body to release the Happy Hormones of serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine, reducing your heart rate by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for lowering your heart rate when you’re stressed.
This further increases your body’s natural production of melatonin, the Sleep Hormone, which allows you to drift off into a state of comfortable and restful sleep.
Benefits of Weighted Blankets
Touted by many as the secret to optimal sleep, weighted blankets have several benefits that benefit our bodies in more ways than just one. These include:
- Promoting Relaxation
- Reducing Anxiety and Stress Levels
- Mimicking Human Touch
- Increasing the Duration of REM sleep
- Promoting Independent Sleep In Children
Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits.
Weighted blankets are heavier than regular blankets, and the increased pressure stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for putting the body in relaxation mode. This helps prepare the body for rest, ensuring you get a good night's sleep.
Reducing Anxiety and Stress Levels
The heavy glass beads in a weighted blanket provide your body with deep-pressure touch stimuli, which act on your nervous system to reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Reduced cortisol means you are less stressed and can unwind and relax more easily.
Mimicking Human Touch
Have you noticed that you sleep better when you cuddle with your spouse, child or even your pet? This is because human touch leads to serotonin production, which is a precursor to many feel-good hormones like oxytocin and dopamine. Since a weighted blanket reproduces the effects of human touch on the nervous system, the same feel-good hormones are released, and you are in a much better mood as you fall asleep.
Increased Duration of REM Sleep
Serotonin also leads to improved melatonin levels. Melatonin controls sleep cycles and ensures you are in a deeper undisturbed sleep. It also leads to longer cycles of REM sleep. The part of the sleep cycle that improves your memory and brain function.
Useful Tool to Help Kids Sleep
As children, transitioning from sleeping in the arms of our caregivers can be a difficult process, with many children struggling for months with falling asleep independently. Weighted blankets are a great tool for parents looking to help their children through this transition. The pressure from the blanket mimics the sensation of cuddling and swaddling, which helps children cope with the lack of a parent’s presence.
Experience Deep Touch Pressure Therapy For Optimal Wellness With Tucked In’s Weighted Blankets
A good night’s rest is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. At Tucked In, our goal is to help you get the best sleep possible so that you have the energy you need to conquer the day.
On a quest to help India sleep better, Tucked In’s best-selling weighted blankets were designed to create a culture of Happy Humans by combining the science of Deep Pressure Touch Therapy with the experience of sleep - a formula that has helped over 10,000 people (and counting) take control of their sleep habits.
Over 45 years of pioneering the Indian Sleep Revolution, our experience informs our production. Our in-house processes of digital printing, quilting and embroidery are meticulously conducted to ensure the highest quality, guaranteeing a restful night’s sleep, every time.
Say goodbye to sleeplessness and random bouts of insomnia with Tucked In’s weighted blankets, scientifically formulated to reduce cortisol levels and improve brain function through Deep Touch Pressure stimulation.
Looking to revolutionise your sleep cycle for optimal comfort and overall wellness? Buy our weighted blankets today!