What is a Weighted Gravity Blanket?
The idea of weighted gravity blanket therapy, also called deep-touch therapy, goes back to a basic human behavior known to calm us — being held. Clinical studies suggest that when certain pressure points on the body are stimulated by touch, the brain releases serotonin. This neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating various brain functions, including sleep and mood.
The key to this stimulation is the heaviness of the blanket, which is able to create a deep pressure. Aside from swaddles, this kind of pressure is present in hugs and when we stroke animals.
When you’re stressed or anxious, you don’t sleep well because your heart is beating too quickly. Weighted gravity blankets combat this by using “pressure therapy”. This means applying a calming amount of pressure to your entire body, and especially to key pressure points, similar to the feeling of being held or hugged.
This gentle pressure relaxes you by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers your heart rate and delivers an overall feeling of calmness to allow you to sleep better.