If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the new best thing in improving sleep and reducing anxiety: weighted blankets!
However, these heavy blankets have a longer track record than most realize. They’ve been used and tested by therapists and psychiatry clinics for years, playing a key role in occupational therapy.
As research on the many uses of weighted blankets continues, what is rapidly becoming clear is that they are not just for clinical patients; anyone with anxiety, depression, or sleep issues can benefit from the calming deep touch pressure that these heavier blankets uniquely provide.
The science behind these blankets shows that they’re a proven natural and effective method to improving your quality of life.
Read on to find out the top 10 reasons you need your own weighted blanket today!
10. Weighted blankets are like a hug
Deep touch pressure (DTP) is what gives weighted blankets their magical healing powers! Okay, not quite magical, but close.
The non-toxic glass beads in TUNE blankets (which put the “weight” in weighted blankets) provide a gentle, constant pressure similar to a long hug.
Hugging a loved one is an instant way to release happy hormones and relieve anxiety. The best part is that, just like receiving a hug, the calming effect of DTP is completely natural.
This is what makes weighted blankets special and sets them apart from other stress and anxiety relievers. In fact, DTP decreases the stress hormone cortisol, relaxes the nervous system and stimulates hormones like serotonin and dopamine that help regulate mood and sleep. T
9. Weighted blankets are the perfect self-care
We all need a little self-care from time to time. The great thing about weighted blankets is that they put all the focus on you getting a wonderful night’s sleep.
The glass beads in our weighted blanket evenly distribute weight, creating a comforting pressure across the body that promotes relaxation. Some say the sensation can feel like a mini-massage without the premium cost!
The personalization starts when you choose a blanket that weighs 7-10% of your body weight for a truly individual experience. You’re not meant to be able to toss and turn beneath the blanket, so sharing with your partner is not going to work here.
8. Weighted blankets treat anxiety
Weighted blankets have been called a powerful anti-anxiety tool by many health care professionals, and they don’t only work while you’re lying down to sleep.
Few people enjoy going to the dentist, and many would agree that wisdom teeth removal is one of the most stressful surgeries. A Journal of the Formosan Medical Association study found that participants who wore weighted blankets during wisdom teeth removal surgeries “showed more activity in the part of the nervous system that is in control during times of low stress.”
This means that patients had more control over their anxiety levels and felt less stress just from using a heavy blanket!
These same benefits are still at play when winding down with your blanket at night. A 2006 study found that a whopping 63% of people reported lower anxiety after using the blankets as a sleep aid and 78% of people preferred it over their normal blankets for calming down.
7. Heavy blankets treat insomnia
DTP is particularly important when it comes to how TUNE blankets treat insomnia. Because of deep touch pressure, or the gentle, hug-like sensation you experience, your body will naturally work to balance the perfect hormone combo that encourages sleep.
Insomnia sufferers often experience a chemical balance resulting in a lack of two crucial hormones, mood elevator serotonin and melatonin, which regulates sleep patterns. DTP naturally stimulates serotonin production and in turn, serotonin sparks melatonin production.
Moreover, weighted blankets will put you in the perfect mindset to get the most out of DTP by providing a sense of security. Irina Zhdanova, MD, PhD, says that “the deep pressure of the blanket makes you feel like you’re being hugged or swaddled… Being hugged is a very powerful stimulus.”
A bonus? The mild pressure heavy blankets provide makes it harder for you to toss and turn or experience restless sleep.
6. Heavy blankets promote focus and alertness
Isn’t it terrible to wake up feeling like you could sleep the rest of the day, or being unable to check off things on your to-do list because you’re too tired?
Weighted blankets are proven to help users fall asleep more easily and have more restful sleep, which means these benefits compound to give you better focus during the day.
Higher-quality sleep means that you won’t wake up already wanting to take revenge on your alarm clock.
5. Better sleep leads to better health
You don’t have to Google long to find out that not getting enough sleep or getting poor-quality sleep, puts you at-risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
You need better sleep to feel and function well!
Sleep deprivation, especially in the long-term, is dangerous and detrimental to your quality of life. Weighted blankets can help you avoid the harmful effects that lack of sleep has on your health, leading to a better, happier, and more stress-free life.
4. Weighted blankets are perfect for kids
Children can also sleep better from having their own Tune blanket—which helps parents sleep better, too.
It’s not just adults who are stressed out. Even kids are dealing with new and difficult pressures. Standardized testing, self-esteem issues, social media and cyberbullying can all add up to trouble sleeping and mental health challenges.
Sadly, less than 20% of Canadian children and youth struggling with mental illness receive appropriate treatment.
Of course, weighted blankets are not a substitute for a doctor’s treatment in cases that require it, but many doctors are on board with a weighted blanket as the perfect complement to an anti-anxiety and anti-stress sleep regimen!
Kids love how weighted blankets give them a sense of safety and security due to their “hug-like” nature, and they have a long history in safely treating children with disorders such as autism and ADHD.
Remember, for safety, never use a weighted blanket with kids younger than 7 or 8 without a therapist or doctor’s recommendation!
3. Heavy blankets work all year
Afraid that the blanket will be too warm in the summertime? A TUNE weighted blanket, which is made up of a premium soft plush outer cover and an inner weighted core, can be adapted to the seasons.
When the nights start to get warm, simply take out the weighted insert and use it alone for cooler sleep. During the chilly winter season, replace the soft outer cover and you’ll be warm and cozy.
Top Sleep Tip: You’ll sleep best in a cooler room, which is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for most people.
2. Weighted blankets are naturally beneficial
There are plenty of sleeping pills out there, but some of these meds can have scary and dangerous side effects like daytime drowsiness and behaviors like sleepwalking and amnesia.
In addition, you can quickly build up a tolerance causing the medications stop working, or you can have trouble weaning yourself off of them for independent sleep.
With weighted blankets, there is no pill or prescription. There’s no dependence. There’s only quality sleep and less anxiety!
Weighted blankets are non-pharmacological and natural. If you’re averse to using medication or would like to supplement what you’re already taking, a TUNE blanket will show you what a better night’s sleep looks like without a bottle on the nightstand.
1. People love using weighted blankets!
Not convinced? In this case, believe the hype—and don’t just take it from us!
Happy users and lovers of weighted blankets can be found far and wide.
Jia Tolentino at the New Yorker writes that she has trouble getting satisfying sleep. She was so excited to try the weighted blanket and discovered that night she “slept so deeply” and that “the blanket enacts a fantasy of immobilization that is especially seductive in a world of ever-expanding obligations—to work, to monetize, to take action, to perform.”
Christina Heiser of NBC News, who describes herself as “a serial tosser-and-turner,” has found that sleeping with a weighted blanket reduces restless movements during the night and comforts her so that she can feels more rested.
There are so many success stories of how heavy blankets have helped people manage their anxiety and insomnia and live healthier lives after improving their sleep. Tune into what you really need and order your weighted blanket now!
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