The science behind weighted blankets is rooted in deep touch pressure therapy. Sleeping underweight releases endorphins and serotonin, otherwise known as happy hormones. Serotonin naturally turns into Melatonin, the sleep hormone, which sends signals to your body and brain to relax and settle in for sleep.
Cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone, can be significantly decreased through deep touch pressure, allowing your mind and body to further relax and surrender to sleep.
Weighted blankets don’t just help you get to sleep, they also improve the quality of your sleep and has a positive effect on insomnia. Deep touch pressure makes your body and muscles physically relax and release tension as if your entire body exhales deeply. The pressure then reduces tossing and turning throughout the night, allowing you to enter deep sleep that lasts longer.
Numerous studies have shown that sleeping with a weighted blanket can help reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Falling asleep faster and achieving deeper sleep for longer has resulted in people feeling better rested when they wake, giving them the energy and peace of mind to perform at their best. Which is something that is sadly lacking for most Australians with one in five people experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness.