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. Continue reading