Stress Reducer, Deep Sleep Inducer and Maybe Even a Hug Supplement
The demands of modern life can be demanding on us all. Sometimes these stresses make it hard for anyone to properly shut down and relax. Weighted blankets act as Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) stimulating release of Serotonin and Oxytocin, the happy and love hormones. Who couldn't use a little extra dose of that, particularly as trying to get a good night's sleep to be recharged to take on tomorrow's challenges?
Not only are our lives full of stressors, they are also often devoid of human contact. Hug therapy has been show to treat stress, anxiety, depression, loneliniess and many other physical and emotional conditions, even IQ, aging, self-esteem1. Clearly a weighted blanket isn't the same as a person but considering the similarity in the results, it makes sense a large portion of the benefits of a hug are Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS), the same mechanism the weighted blankets stimulate. Since we can't always find someone to give us the recommended 8 hugs a day, a weighted blanket is likely an excellent hug supplement!