Health Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Many people wonder, “How do weighted blanket works?” Why would anybody need to do that? It’s simply because people get weary and lethargic after long hours of lying down on their back or stomach. This is not good for their health. They may start feeling tired, run-down and generally feel less than good. In this case, weighted blanket helps improve sleep quality.

How does it reduce anxiety attacks? Weighted blankets are simply those heavy blankets that are weighted down with poly pellets or glass beads and other materials through the fabric. You will find that a heavy weighted blanket is usually designed especially for adults and children. It reduces anxiety attacks by relaxing a person.

weighted-blanketDid you know that melatonin is an important neurotransmitter in the body with connections with serotonin and melatonin production? High levels of serotonin and melatonin are associated with a feeling of calmness and restfulness. A weighted blanket may help reduce feelings of stress and worry, which can contribute to insomnia, a common precursor of depression and anxiety. A serotonin deficiency also contributes to a feeling of anxiety and depressive states.

Pinealocytes produce melatonin in the pineal gland. High levels of melatonin have been found in pregnant women whose hormone levels are out of balance. Children born to women who had high melatonin levels had lower rates of depression, decreased chances of becoming obese and improved sleep. A weighted blanket reduces anxiety levels, improves sleep quality and reduces the risk of depressive and anxiety disorders in children. It also improves mood and feelings of well being.

A weighted blanket has the added benefit of promoting proper breathing through relaxation and rhythm. Proper breathing is needed for a good night’s sleep. It improves your mental and physical health by encouraging proper nerve and muscle function. Healthy breathing promotes oxygen flow to the brain and helps maintain normal blood pressure.

Oxytocin is associated with attachment parenting and trust. For babies, it helps them establish bonding relationships. Oxytocin is released during deep sleep and is believed to increase the longevity of that sleep, enhances the sense of touch and nurturing and may be an important factor in the formation of the human mind and spinal cord. In adults, it has been found to promote a feeling of well-being and increased mental and physical health. The hormone oxytocin connects to social and emotional behaviours, including love, trust, attachment, affection and cooperation.