The Science Behind Weighted Blankets
Go From Stress and Anxiety to 100% Calm, Scientifically
Stress and Anxiety not only wear us out but they've been shown to negatively impact our overall health.
Weighted blankets help us combat the negative impact stress and anxiety have on our lives, our sleep patterns, and everything in between.
In fact, over 76% of people express physical and psychological symptoms caused by stress. 76% is a lot!
Luckily, a weighted blanket from Hush has been scientifically shown to dramatically reduce stress and anxiety through its natural cortisol reduction effect to go from stress and anxiety to 100% CALM.
Here's the science that explains how. For an in-depth article on the history and different scientific studies, see here.
The Science of Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets have been around for almost a century- from rehab centres to therapy for children with special needs. This is because of their scientifically-proven ability to help us relax.
Yep, weighted blankets are backed by science. Most people think, “I’ll just lay beneth a large pile of blankets. Same thing, right?” To which Science says, “Not exactly...”
In all seriousness, the reason Hush Blankets are so powerful is their adaptation from the medical community.
Weighted Blankets were created to help patients suffering from sleep anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia, and just traditional issues with falling asleep.
The secret is DTPS, or Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation, which helps people fall into a deeper sleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up incredibly refreshed. It’s heavenly.
The reason this happens is, DTPS reduces cortisol, also known as “the stress hormone,” while releasing serotonin “the happy hormone” and melatonin “the sleep hormone.” It's more than just the weight, it's backed by science.
Research-Backed Benefits to Weighted Blankets
Positive Effects on Insomnia
This study from SciMedCentral found that sleep time increased while movement during sleep decreased when participants used a weighted blanket.
Participants found it easier to settle down, fall asleep, and felt more refreshed in the morning.
Reduced Anxiety in 63% of Patients
Several engineers and behavioural scientists studied the safety of using a very heavy blanket in adults.
The results were lower brain activity, lower anxiety, and 78% preferred the blanket as a calming method.
Deep Pressure Stimulation
The American Occupational Therapy Association studied the benefits of DTPS and has shown to occur even in short periods of being under a weight.
Sympathetic arousal decreased while parasympathetic arousal decreased. This led to improved performance on a test after being under the weight.
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