Get better sleep
Weighted blankets are a natural sleep aid. They can help children and adults relax and fall asleep faster. Users toss and turn less at night, have a more restful sleep, stay asleep longer, and feel more refreshed in the morning.
Lower anxiety and stress
Weighted blankets feel like a soothing hug. They have been shown to effective lower anxiety and reduce stress. Via a process called deep pressure stimulation, weighted blankets lower stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters, which improve mood and soothe aches).
Weighted blankets can help children relax and focus on the task at hand. They can also reduce tantrums, self-injury behavior, and stem repetitive behavior. Weighted blankets can be beneficial to children with insomnia, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, and OCD.
for adults and the elderly
The Huggaroo weighted blanket can be helpful to adults and seniors with anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, cancer-related pain and anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
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