Today we're going to talk about the benefits of the weighted blanket, and highlight one of our personal favorite products, the Miss Bliss weighted aromatherapy blanket. It's got lavender and peppermint in it, and it can be microwaved to relieve tension and stress. But there's another reason it's such a popular item and it has to do with weighted therapy. One of the things that makes our products so popular is the sensory benefits that individuals get from them. From those with specific sensory needs to those that just need a relaxing break, there's some serious science behind why exactly we like to feel enveloped in something! It's the therapeutic application of weight at work! There are a variety of ways to incorporate the use of weight into daily activities, treatment sessions for specific individuals, or various stages of relaxation. One example of the therapeutic application of weight is the use of a weighted blanket. This practice has been used in acute psychiatry with a variety of age groups and individuals. It's also widely perceived by both consumers and therapy staff as one of the most helpful of the sensory tools used by people during crisis states. Here's a few notable benefits of using a weighted blanket.
- The pressure and warmth of something weighted instinctly puts an individual at ease, like a down comforter in the winter when you sleep or a thick comfy blanket. It's that feeling of being swaddled that puts the user at ease. Weighted blankets have been widely known to help individuals dealing with Insomnia
Melatonin and Serotonin Increase
- Melatonin and Serotonin are two of the best things in the world! Serotonin is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain and intestines that acts as a sort of smoothing function for the nervous system, resulting in better moods and happiness. Melatonin is what's known as the sleep hormone, and it's produced in the Pineal Gland in the brain. When you lie down and use something that acts as a warming cover, be it a blanket or a heavy sweatshirt, this stimulates the production of melatonin by, again, putting the user at ease and in a state of comfort and peace.
Calming for those with Sensory Needs
- Weighted blankets are especially beneficial for individuals with sensory needs who need the tactile response of being in a safe space. If an individual is feeling uncomfortable, irritable, or unable to convey specific feelings the heart rate and breathing can become quicker resulting in tension and anxiety. It's been shown that weighted blankets can help to ease those feelings of anxiety and stress, with the blanket acting as that safe space, a hug if you will!
Mimics a Hug
- While we're on the topic of hugs (something very near and dear to our hearts), that's another function that weighted blankets provide so well. They feel like a comforting hug! Ever wonder why it just feels so darn awesome to give your favorite grandparent a big 'ol hug? Or why when you're having an awful day and you come home to your family one of the first things they do is hug you? Because hugs release the hormone Oxytocin into the bloodstream. Oxytocin helps to calm your heart rate and reduce blood pressure, resulting in a more relaxed and at ease YOU. Obviously a blanket can't replace a HUMAN hug, but it does convey to the body the same tactile feel of a hug. That warm, inviting pressure that hugs just serve up so well.
Those are just a few benefits to weighted blankets, and one of the many reasons we're so in love with our Miss Bliss weighted aromatherapy blanket (maybe it has something to do with the time of year and the snow?). So when the weather outside is frightful, you've had a stressful day at work, or you just need a few minutes to decompress and take it slow, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the Miss Bliss. :)