The Benefits of Weighted Blankets to your Mental Well-Being
As weighted blankets have become more mainstream in the last few years, they have started to be used by everyday people and not just as a tool for therapists and psychiatrists (find out what a weighted blanket is here). With that there are a lot more people who have shared their positive experiences sleeping with weighted blankets. In this article, we are going to share some of the benefits weighted blankets can bring your mental well-being.
If you are interested, we also have an article describing the physical benefits of weighted blankets.
8 Mental Benefits of Weighted Blankets
- Improve Mood
- Naturally Increase Serotonin
- Reduce Stress
- Decrease Anxiety
- Improve Focus and Concentration
- Manage ADHD
- Calm and Relax
- Manage Autism, Asperger's and Sensory Processing Challenges
Weighted blankets are known to improve mood. When you sleep with a weighted blanket you are covering your body with a constant, but gentle pressure. This pressure, similar to a hug, stimulates the brain to release dopamine and oxytocin. Both dopamine and oxytocin are believed to help regulate mood. With the increase in levels of both hormones you are likely to feel like you’re a in a better mental space and feel generally happier.
Naturally Increase Serotonin
The Deep Pressure Stimulation from weighted blankets has been shown to naturally increase serotonin. This increase in serotonin can help decrease the feeling of anxiousness, problems with sleep, and many others.
Studies have shown, using a weighted blanket, like the ones from Wrapped, can lead to a reduction of cortisol in your body. Commonly referred to the “stress hormone”, having unbalanced levels of cortisol can have negative effects on your mental well-being. The use of a weighted blanket can help keep your cortisol and therefore stress levels in check.
There are studies which show that Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) therapy and weighted blankets (which are a tool to provide DPS) can help decrease the feeling of anxiety. As well as the DPS, weighted blankets provide a grounding effect. Grounding at night effectively synchronises 24-hour circadian rhythms, improving sleep and relieving anxiousness.
Improve Focus and Concentration
The day after not getting enough sleep or having a restless night, you might find yourself struggling to concentrate and complete tasks which are usually quite simple. This is cause sleep deprivation has an effect on your cognitive function.
By using a weighted blanket to improve sleep quality, you can better recharge your body and mind. Thus, increasing your brain’s ability to process information and focus on tasks.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is a mental health disorder which makes it more difficult for people to remain focused and control energy levels. Weighted blankets can help a person with ADHD by providing them with a sensory output for their energy. This helps them concentrate, control energy levels, deal with stress and wind down at night.
Calm and Relax
Studies have shown the pressure from weighted blanket helps certain areas of the limbic system, helping regulate heartbeat and circulation. This improvement in circulation can help stimulate a sense of calm and relaxation.
Manage Autism, Asperger's and Sensory Processing Challenges
Individuals with autism, Asperger’s and other challenges with sensory processing challenges can struggle with social interactions and sensory stimulation which can lead to stress and anxiety for them. The constant pressure from a weighted blanket can help relieve this stress, as well as provide comfort from feeling over-stimulated.