What is a weighted blanket?
How weighted blankets work
1. Engages your touch nerve fibers
When you grab an object, you engage thousands of touch nerve fibers that send a message through the nerves, and spinal cord, to the brain. Your brain regulates your sensory system, so your fight-or-flight feelings (stress, anxiety, etc.) and rest-and-relaxed moods. With touch, we can help the brain self-regulate this system better.
2. Broad pressure all over your skin
Your body is full of nerve endings in your skin. When you put on a weighted blanket, it applies a broad pressure all over your body, overstimulating your touch nerve fibers all at once, as well as your joints and muscles. For example, say you get an intense itch from a mosquito bite. You can scratch the area and that takes away the itch for a bit by overwhelming your nerve endings that are causing the itch.
3. Lowers your stress response
Broad pressure produces a calming effect in the brain that lowers your stress response, the same way that going for a walk triggers a positive feeling. As a result, you're more calm and relaxed, which can lead to better sleep and lift your mood. Apart from that, we don’t know what chemicals are being released by the brain. How it works is complex, and all you have to know is that it does work and that you will feel better.
Who a weighted blanket helps
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