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How Does a Weighted Blanket Work?

What is a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket is a blanket designed to be heavier than other covers, used to help people with mental health and developmental disorders sleep. However, they can resemble a regular cover and not a piece of therapy equipment. Unlike other regular blankets, weighted blankets have a filler that adds weight to them. Our SnugCosy weighted blankets are glass-filled, and with an evenly distributed weight, providing you with the best quality sleep. In general, a weighted blanket should weigh around 10% of your body weight. Most importantly, it should fit your body and not your bed.

How do gravity blankets work?

Weighted blankets or gravity blankets as sometimes known are filled with material that may vary according to the manufacturer. SnugCosy offers you the best quality, hypoallergenic, evenly distributed glass-filled weighted blankets for best results and highest quality of sleep. We all know what regular blankets / duvets do for us. They mostly keep us warm while sleeping. For others, they are a soothing and comfort tool. However, weighted blankets do way more. They work by stimulating some of our sensory nerves across our bodies by applying deep pressure touch (DPT). They still keep us warm and comfortable, combining their effect with therapeutic results.

What is deep pressure touch (DPT)?

Deep pressure touch (DPT) is a type of therapeutic intervention that affects both our physical and psychological health. DPT applies gentle pressure to the body, stimulating some of our sensory receptors. During times of stress or at night, they help us produce hormones that make us feel better and more relaxed. These hormones are the result of the gentle pressure DPT applies to the body. As a result, stressed or irritable individuals can relax, calm down, and sleep easier. DPT is a therapy that may replace or improve an already existing medical treatment that uses sleep-inducing or stress-relieving drugs.

How does deep pressure touch help you sleep?

At SnugCosy, we customise the weights of our blankets accordingly. Our goal is to provide you with a weighted blanket that applies to your needs and gives you DPT, stimulating your body to produce happy hormones. They help your body and mind escape from the fight or flight mode and relax. Practically, responsible for being trapped into a fight or flight reaction is the sympathetic nervous system. People with some mental health and developmental disorders find it hard to get out of it and switch to a rest and digest mode, using their parasympathetic nervous system. DPT helps you do that by providing gentle pressure to your body. People mostly experience feelings of stress and irritability when trying to fall asleep. DPT applied with the help of weighted blankets can help you fight sleepless nights and other sleep problems, such as nightmares.

Medical conditions that benefit from deep pressure touch.

DPT can help anyone with feelings of fear and anxiety. It is an ideal therapeutic tool for those with insomnia and sleep problems in general. DPT can help both children and adults with developmental disorders, and mental health conditions. The following are only some of the many conditions that may benefit from weighted blankets and DPT:

 Anxiety disorders, such as PTSD, phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and OCD Neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, ADHD, and Tourette's syndrome Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder Types of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and Pick's disease

 What are the benefits of deep pressure touch?

DPT applied by weighted blankets may have an essential and positive impact on your life, and physical or mental health. DPT may help you with the following:

You might focus better on your surroundings and notice an improved ability to concentrate your attention on one thing
You might feel calmer and happier in the long term, with a better quality of sleep.
You may notice that your communication with the others improved. You might notice a better quality of sleep, as well as low levels of anxiety. You might learn how to tolerate stressful events better than before.

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