What’s better than being enfolded in a big, warm bear hug? The underlying science on weighted blankets is called deep touch pressure (DTP). DTP is about gently applying pressure to the body to increase the release of serotonin. Using weighted blankets is a drug-free way to increase serotonin (a chemical that regulates sleep) and elicit a calming effect.
While it’s important to get the right amount of sleep, it’s also important to make sure the sleep you get is truly restful and restorative. One way to improve this is by using a weighted blanket. Sleeping under firm but gentle pressure can help you fall asleep faster, sleep longer and wake feeling more rested.
Older people also tend to experience higher rates of anxiety, stress and depression. It’s often common for the elderly to suffer changes in their sleep-wake cycle. If you have an older loved one, you may have noticed they tend to stay up very late at night and sleep in short stretches, making them once of the multitude of perfect candidates who can use a weighted blanket to improve their sleeping habits.
The use of weighted blankets on babies and small children under the age of 2 is not recommended.
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