How Weighted Blankets Work
A moment of science please!
What is a Weighted Blanket?
Weighted blankets are heavy blankets, loved for their therapeutical, anxiety-quashing benefits and their magical ability to make you fall asleep.
They're usually filled with heavy beads (in our case microglass ones) that are evenly spread throughout the blanket.
Suitable for both children and adults, they're available in different sizes and weights to suit you (a blanket that weighs 10% of your body weight is recommended).
Designed to melt away stress and encourage a deep, restorative sleep weighted blankets are also used to help sensory needs, improve well-being and guide away restlessness.
Could a weighted blanket be your new favourite night-time companion? Let's find out!
How Do Weighted Blankets Work?
Weighted blankets use Deep Touch Pressure Therapy (DTP) to regulate chemicals in your brain, relax your nervous system and restore your mood.
Mimicing the feel-good effect of a tight hug, the blankets apply a gentle pressure over your body encouraging your brain to produce sleep-inducing hormones, fight stress and cue relaxation.
These hormones include serotonin, dopamine (feel-good hormones) and melatonin (the sleep hormone).
Together, they work to reduce anxiety, manage pain, induce relaxation and encourage deeper sleep so that you can feel a better overall sense of calm and well-being.
Want to learn more about how weighted blankets work and the conditions they help with?
Relieving Stress & Anxiety
It’s no secret that weighted blankets add an entirely new dream-like dimension to bedtime, but there is far more to them than just comfort.
Using deep touch pressure therapy, they release tension and trigger happy, calming hormones that flood your body like a warm bath.
It's totally normal to be sceptical that an overweight blanket could outweigh anxiety, but remember that anxious thoughts, stress, high blood pressure and increased heart rates are all very closely linked with your hormones.
They say you cannot underestimate the power of a hug, but you can certainly mimic one.
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, sleeping with a weighted blanket can change everything and make your troubles drift away.
Fed up of counting those pesky sheep?
Applying deep touch pressure to the body through a weighted blanket, can reset your sleep-wake cycle, regulate sleep stages and supercharge the quality of your sleep.
Click to learn more about using weighted blankets for insomnia.
The calming, sleep-promoting effects of a weighted blanket are triggered by Deep Touch Pressure Therapy. To break this down even further, the increase in Serotonin helps your body to produce Melatonin too.
Melatonin is the hormone that gently encourages you to feel sleepy and drift off at night.
Conditions They Help With
Weighted blankets are a type of at-home therapy that can provide benefits and releive symptoms of many conditions. Karmara blankets have shown positive results for several conditions, including autism, ADHD, and anxiety. They can help calm a restless body (RLS), reduce feelings of anxiety, and improve sleep troubles (Insomnia).
We've written some in depth articles about how weighted blankets help with specific conditions. Click the links below to read more.