Have you experienced the comfort of burying yourself under a heap of pillows? Or, the coziness felt when your duvet and comforter weigh you down into a dreamy hull? Apparently, there’s a science to why weighted blankets may help ease certain symptoms and improve sleep for people who suffer from anxiety, insomnia and autism. Here’s the wrap on weighted blankets!
What is a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 2 to 13 kg. According to the Sleep Foundation, the pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation or ‘pressure therapy.’
Benefits of using a weighted blanket
Deep pressure stimulation mimics the experience of being hugged. Sometimes, all you need is a hug.
Weighted blankets are known to relieve the perception of pain, reduce symptoms of anxiety, improve sleep quality and relieve symptoms of depression. Just like a hug, right?
The best part about using a weighted blanket is the fact that it’s accessible. A comforting hug isn’t always there for the taking, having a weighted blanket around is great for moments when you’re alone and feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
The benefits of getting comfortable are obvious, but there is something special about a weighted blanket that makes the experience even more comforting.
Who could benefit from a weighted blanket?
If you suffer from any of the following, incorporating a weighted blanket into your comfort regime may be your next best move:
- Chronic pain
Where to buy a weighted blanket
Weighted Blanket from Woolworths, R1299
Weighted Blanket from Cielo, R899
Large Weighted Blanket from Autism Resources South Africa, R999
Weighted Blanket from Sensable Play, R590
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