Weighted blankets have surged in popularity lately. Chances are, you've probably heard of them. So, what is all the fuss about? Why are weighted blankets so popular? And how do they work?
Weighted blankets effectively reduce anxiety and stress
They do this by a process called "deep pressure stimulation" or "deep pressure therapy". Weighted blankets lower stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters, which improve mood and soothe aches). These are the same neurotransmitters released in your brain when you receive a hug from a loved one. How cool is that?
Weighted blankets are a natural sleep aid
They can help children and adults relax and fall asleep faster. Using a weighted blanket results in less tossing and turning at night and a more restful sleep. Users also stay asleep longer and report feeling more refreshed in the morning. Weighted blankets can alleviate the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and insomnia. And they accomplish this safely and naturally.
Other benefits for children
There are many additional benefits of weighted blankets for children. They can help kids 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.
Other benefits 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, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
Since 2016, Huggaroo has designed and manufactured premium, durable, easy-to-care-for weighted blankets for children and adults. You can read more about the story of our company here. Huggaroo is recognized for design and quality; we have been featured in Forbes, Women's Health, Fox, Reader's Digest, Daily Beast, Bustle, Modern Mom, Women's Health (Australia), and many others. In 2019, Huggaroo was invited to attend the pre-Oscars GBK Luxury Gifting Lounge and our luxurious weighted blankets were favorite swag bag gifts to the Hollywood stars.
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