Weighted Blankets for Adults
Weighted blankets have been used in niche medical communities for many years. But only recently have the measurable health benefits for all started to emerge in new scientific studies. To put it simply, the findings have been amazing: weighted blankets have been shown to help adults fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. Without a prescription, therapeutic training, or changes in their routine.
Weighted blankets are engineered to be 7-12% of your body weight to relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged. More specifically, Soothe Lab uses the power of DTPS (more commonly known as “deep touch pressure stimulation”), a well regarded therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body linked to improved sleep, mood, and relaxation.
Cooling Weighted Blanket made from 100% Bamboo Viscose
Perfectly sized to fit the TOP of a full/queen size bed, this weighted blanket comes in two weights, 15 lbs and 20 lbs.
Cooling Duvet Covers made from 100% Bamboo Viscose
Sized to fit each of our weighted blankets, these premium bamboo duvets will last for years and grow softer with time.
In fact, weighted blankets were first used as therapeutic tools for children with severe anxiety, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Much like the purpose of its origin story, which started in the mental health community, the weighted blanket is still used for achieving mental health balance and well-being today.
Weighted blankets came about in the 1970s in the therapeutic field. By 1999, Tina Champagne initiated, supported and promoted the use of weighted blankets. Tina Champagne is an international consultant, writer and occupational therapist who developed the Sensory Modulation Program.
The reasoning behind their use was rather simple; they calmed down patients because they simulated a “hugging” sensation. The result was a soft and rather heavier blanket that produced a “grounding” feeling for children because of the deep touch pressure technology.
However, that was not the case in the beginning. People used rice, corn, beans, stones, popcorn seeds or anything else they could find to give the blanket an extra weight. Even though the pressure was there, once the quilt was washed, the organic ingredients inside would decay. While stones were more durable, they would break and rip the fabric.
In time, the design became far more sophisticated. Today, this is achieved with lead-free glass micro bead. They are dispersed across the blanket in small pockets providing additional weight. Soothe Lab uses 100% bamboo viscose to create its cooling, soft and delicate weighted blankets.
ADULT WEIGHTED BLANKET FOR INSOMNIA
One of the primary benefits of the adult weighted blanket is reducing insomnia. The deep touch pressure stimulation “grounds” the body. Furthermore, the effect of this additional stimuli is a sense of calmness and security, like when you’re hugging someone. It’s been known for decades that hugs have a beneficial effect.
The science behind this is that stimulation of the vagus nerve triggers an increase in oxytocin and serotonin levels. Serotonin, for example, is responsible for the regulation of your mood and sleeping patterns, apart from the fact, it also provides an excellent, relaxed feeling. Another hormone which is released in the body when you use a weighted blanket is melatonin. This hormone is quite important for quality sleep.
Melatonin controls the circadian rhythm. By extension, the circadian rhythm plays a role in determining when people go to sleep and when people wake up. You can see it as the body’s internal clock that helps you avoid insomnia. Therefore, if your melatonin levels are low, it will be difficult for you to fall asleep.
There have been a number of studies and empirical evidence proving that weighted blankets can reduce insomnia in patients.
It would be best if you considered a weighted blanket for insomnia to avoid sleepless nights. It is a natural approach towards better quality sleep, suited for anyone that wants to lead a more holistic lifestyle. If you’re looking for alternative ways in order to avoid medication, this might be the ideal fit.
WEIGHTED BLANKETS FOR ADULTS WITH ANXIETY
The other popular benefit that comes with the use of weighted blankets is reduced anxiety levels in the body. As we mentioned above, sleeping with a weighted blankets for adults with anxiety boosts the production of serotonin and oxytocin, which additionally stimulates the production of dopamine. That’s why the blanket has a calming and soothing effect.
It’s also known that low serotonin levels are linked to conditions such as anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD and many others. However, the main reason that weighted blankets are a fantastic therapeutic tool for anxiety is that they help reduce the cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that’s tightly linked to stress and fear, and it’s produced every time we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Moreover, cortisol is responsible for more than just stress; increased cortisol levels can cause:
- Anxiety and depression
- Heart disease
- Memory and concentration problems
- Problems with digestion
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
Therefore, anything that can anything that can help decrease cortisol levels. Weighted blankets are a natural tool that can help with that.
ADULT SIZE WEIGHTED BLANKET AS A CALMING METHOD
In a rather stressful world, filled with constant tasks and obligations, stress and insomnia are a rather common occurrence. In fact, one in four Americans develop insomnia each year, and over 80 million people in the U.S. suffer from some type of anxiety. That brings us to the conclusion that any tool that can help a person calm down and relax is welcome. The adult size weighted blanket with its deep touch pressure stimulation may be the perfect method for you to achieve better quality sleep and serenity.
The history of the weighted blanket demonstrates that this method has a very calming effect for patients. However, even if you’re not suffering from stress or insomnia, and your goal is to unwind, using this therapeutic aid is recommended. You may simply wish to use the weighted blanket as a form of self-care in your pursuit of a holistic lifestyle.
The Soothe Lab weighted blanket for adults is specially designed with deep touch pressure stimulation and from high-quality textile.