Weighted blankets provide deep pressure stimulation, which contributes to bodily calmness and a night of deeper sleep.
A calming machine
Mary Temple Grandin is a professor at Colorado University and has a diagnosis of high-functioning autism. In her thesis "Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patients with Autistic Disorder, College Students, and Animals", Mary talks about how she herself 'treated' her autism as a child.
When she needed peace of mind and body, she crawled under the sofa cushions and made her sister sit on top of them. It enabled her to relax. When Mary Temple Grandin was 18 years old, she developed The Squeeze Machine for her own use.
Twice a day 15 minutes of deep pressure stimulation enabled her to avoid panic and anxiety attacks. The Squeeze Machine became the forerunner of the weighted blankets used today.
The weighted blanket can be controlled by yourself. It can be removed when you have "had enough hugs".
It can be more difficult to free yourself from a hug.
Positive effects of weighted blankets
The deep pressure stimulation from the weight of the weighted blanket contributes to the increased production of positive hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin. Just like the production of the body's sleep hormone melatonin is stimulated. The use of the weighted blanket contributes to a positive spiral.
How to implement the weighted blanket in everyday life?
For optimal effect use Deep Rest Weighted Blanket Large at night on top of your normal duvet depending on your needs. Apply the weighted blanket for rest and meditation during the day.
Most people feel an effect within 15-20 minutes.
Use Deep Rest Weighted Blanket Small over your legs when relaxing. It calms restless legs and instead provides a pleasant feeling of grounding and calmness.
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