What are the benefits of a weighted blanket and for which complaints does it make sense to use it?

Weight ceilings differ from ordinary ceiling by significantly heavier are. They are equipped with a filling material that gives the ceilings a greater weight. Depending on the version, several kilograms act on the body.

Usually the weight blanket is used for anxiety disorders . However, this special therapy blanket is also recommended for children who do not feel secure in bed alone and who only spend the night mournfully.

What effect does the weight blanket develop and for which complaints does it make sense to use it?

Weighted blankets are much heavier on the body. You should be around 10% of your body weight . If your child weighs 40 kilograms, a blanket weighing 4 kilograms is a good choice.

The actual effect of the therapy blanket is based on deep pressure stimulation . This is called ” deep pressure stimulation ” in English .

Parents use pressure stimulation quite intuitively. If your baby is restless or if you want to calm your child down, you take it in your arms. The hug releases the fear and relaxes the nervous system. You will know the pleasant feeling yourself when you are hugged.

The effect is based on an interaction of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. In a phase of tension, the sympathetic nervous system takes control. It puts the body in a state of alarm and causes stress. This increases the performance for a short moment. It is therefore possible to better avoid dangerous situations and cope with the challenge. Stress also proves to be helpful during an exam situation in order to perform better.

However, it becomes problematic if the stress persists over a longer period of time. If the relaxation phase is missing, sleep disorders, fatigue and digestive problems occur. These are often the first signs that the nervous system is overloaded .

REDUCES STRESS AND IMPROVES WELL-BEING

To be exposed to constant stress without a break is a great burden for the body and mind. In adults, this often ends in burn-out, while children are plagued by anxiety and depression. Therefore, in addition to the occasional tension, it is important to allow the body to recover.

The pressure stimulation of the weighted blanket favors the release of the happiness hormone serotonin and at the same time lowers the cortisol level. This creates a better sense of wellbeing and reduces stress.

The therapy blanket has a similar effect to a massage or a hug . One study showed that using the weight blanket after an extraction of the wisdom teeth helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The pressure stimulation made it possible to reduce the state of excitement and thus the stress level. As a result of the application, the heartbeat was more balanced and less erratic, as is usually the case with a wisdom tooth operation, for example.

This makes it easier to achieve inner peace thanks to the weighted blanket. The emotional balance is found and a relaxing effect sets in.

IMPROVES SLEEP

The happiness hormone serotonin is not only important in isolation when it comes to improving mood. It also has an impact on the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

The melatonin is considered to clock the internal clock. When it gets dark in the evening and no more sunlight falls on the retina, the pineal gland releases melatonin . You feel more tired and go to bed on your own. When the first rays of sunshine reach your bedroom in the morning, the melatonin is no longer formed and the waking phase is initiated.

PROMOTES THE FORMATION OF MELATONIN

For various reasons it can happen that you suffer from a melatonin deficiency. This is the case, for example, if you regularly use your smartphone in the evening or work on your computer. The light from the screens has a similar influence as sunlight and inhibits the production of melatonin. You find it harder to fall asleep and you wake up more often at night.

The serotonin level is raised by the weight blanket. Since serotonin is also involved in the formation of melatonin , you will feel more tired in the evening. Falling asleep is easier and you no longer lie awake for many hours.

LET YOU COME TO REST

In addition to the sleep hormone melatonin, inner tension is another reason why it is difficult for you to fall asleep. Stress and worries about the day ahead keep you awake.

Weight blankets reduce stress and promote relaxation. This will put you in a better state that makes it easier for you to fall asleep. You find inner peace and sleep disorders are alleviated.

The next morning you will feel rested and fitter. Since sleep has a great influence on your well-being, it increases your overall quality of life.

PAIN RELIEVING

Chronic pain is a heavy burden for many people. Common ailments are, for example, joint or back pain. These occur due to a one-sided working posture or excessive stress.

To relieve the pain, sufferers often only see pain medication. In the long term, this is associated with severe side effects, so that the use of the medication should not be a permanent condition.

Weight blankets are able to relieve the pain. This is due to the different ways in which weight works.

If you suffer from stress, it attacks your immune system. You become more prone to illnesses and infections. At the same time , your sensitivity to pain increases and you perceive the negative stimuli more strongly.

The weight blanket lowers stress and increases serotonin levels. This reduces the perception of pain and strengthens the immune system. The underlying pain triggers are brought under better control by the body.

Sleep also plays an important role in pain. Thanks to the weight blanket, you will achieve a higher quality of sleep. Regeneration processes are more effective so that the body can heal. Over time, the suffering and with it the pain recede.

Through this combination, weighted blankets are able to relieve pain and promote healing of the body. Nevertheless, you should consult the doctor if you have complaints and only view the weight blanket as an additional aid.

ANXIETY-RELIEVING

One of the most common reasons for using the weighted blanket is its anti-anxiety effect. The anxiety disrupts sleep and ensures high interference is in everyday life.

Weight blankets help to achieve inner calm. This is not only helpful for falling asleep, but is generally desirable if, for example, a panic attack is expected.

During the anxiety state, the body is put into a fight or flight response . The stress level rises, the heart beats faster and the nervous system is downright overloaded.

Using the weight blanket lowers stress and alleviates panic attacks. A state of greater relaxation is achieved in which the fear is less pronounced.

If your child finds it difficult to sleep alone in the evening, use the weighted blanket to relieve the fear. Similar to swaddling, the weight calms down and the blanket conveys greater security. After a few days you will get used to the weight of the blanket, so that the positive effect occurs.

WHICH COMPLAINTS DOES THE WEIGHT BLANKET HELP WITH?

Weighted blankets give a feeling similar to that of a tight hug or a massage. The pressure stimulation lowers the stress and raises the serotonin level. An emotional imbalance is brought back into balance, so that inner relaxation occurs.

The use of the weight blanket has proven itself in the following clinical pictures and complaints :

ADHS
ADD
autism
Alzheimer
Aspergers Syndrome
Joint pain
Panic attacks
sleep disorders

The blanket should be around 10% of your body weight. A gentle pressure is imparted by this load without presenting a burden.

The weight of the therapy blanket is therefore useful in many cases and its use is recommended. They promote sleep and improve well-being. In this way, they help holistically and increase the quality of life.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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