What is a weighted blanket used for?
A weighted blanket is a type of blanket or a replacement for your duvet that should weigh roughly 10% of your body weight. The extra weight compared to a normal blanket causes a “grounding” or “earthing” effect by applying pressure on the body that produces a calming effect by decreasing the levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol and increasing levels of feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin. Weighted blankets are typically used to help people suffering from insomnia to get a good night’s sleep and to assist in the treatment of other psychological issue like anxiety and stress, as well as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They can also be used simply to help you relax after a hard day’s work or even as an additional calming tool during meditation.
Why is a weighted blanket good for travel?
The calming and relaxing benefits of a weighted blanket are useful to have when away from home, when it may be more difficult to get a good night’s sleep that is essential for enjoyment of a holiday or productivity on a business trip, for example. Everyone knows how hard it can be to have a quality snooze on a plane, so taking a weighted blanket with you on your flight may be just the answer that you’ve looking been looking for. What about at the end of a long and tiring journey? Resting with the hug-like feel of your weighted blanket will help you relax and unwind. Do you find it more troublesome to sleep well in an unfamiliar room or a hotel that may be noisy for example? Well having with you something that can reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep and help you to sleep more soundly throughout the night will certainly be useful! In turn, this promotion of good sleep and rest could help you to adjust to a new time zone without suffering badly from the effects of jet lag after a long journey.
How do weighted blankets help children during travel?
We all know that kids can easily find themselves getting uncomfortable and becoming restless during long trips. The pressure of a weighted blanket around their shoulders or on their lap can induce a calming effect that may help them to relax and stay calm and happier during travel and also getting a better sleep when they are out of their own beds. This can only be a good thing for everyone that you are travelling with – be it just your family riding in the car or a plane full of strangers who would also just like to reach their destination in the least stressful way possible!