DORMU: Weighted Blankets, Pillows, and Bedding

2. What are the benefits of using a weighted blanket?

Studies from around the globe have demonstrated the effectiveness of weighted blankets in reducing anxiety and improving sleep, as well as treating various other conditions.

↓ Reduced anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety.

It’s the feeling of uneasiness and worry, typically relating to the future. Anxiety can be useful in alerting us to potential threats but too often, it serves no real use.

This is most evident when the feeling is constant -  disrupting our daily lives and making it almost impossible to drift off to sleep.

The evenly distributed pressure of a weighted blanket puts the body into rest mode, reducing the symptoms of anxiety and providing a sense of calm.

At a physiological level, a weighted blanket mimics the sensation of a hug, which lowers the stress hormone, cortisol, while simultaneously supercharging the happy hormone serotonin, making us feel comforted, calm and relaxed.

World Economic Forum

"62% of adults worldwide do not sleep well. Losing two hours of sleep per night has the same impact on motor / cognitive functions as going without sleep for a full day."

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If you find yourself tossing and turning in bed, you’re not alone.

It’s estimated that over half of us have trouble falling and staying asleep - and 10 - 30% of the population suffer from a more serious sleep disorder, such as insomnia. Stress and anxiety are the leading causes of this sleep epidemic.

Because the pressure from a weighted blanket helps relax the nervous system, they are powerful aids in facilitating the onset of sleep and promoting a deeper, more restful sleep.

↑ Improved sleep

Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders

"Weighted blankets have been shown to significantly improve sleep time and the increase the onset of sleep in insomnia patients, suggesting an innovative, non-pharmacological approach and complementary tool to improve sleep quality."

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↓ Reduced Insomnia

A 2020 study of 120 subjects in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) found that weighted blankets alleviated insomnia in patients diagnosed with underlying psychiatric disorders.

The participants, all of whom had diagnoses of insomnia, also dealt with a range of co-occurring psychiatric disorders including generalised anxiety disorder, ADHD, major depressive disorder, or bipolar disorder.

The results of the study saw improved sleep, reduced sleepiness, greater activity levels during daytime hours, as well as a reduction in the severity of insomnia were all identifiable benefits for patients who used a weighted blanket for sleep.

In addition to these key benefits, a weighted blanket is also adept at improving overall mood, as well as alleviating the symptoms of PTSD, fibromyalgia, and restless leg syndrome.