The Big Think reviewed a weighted blanket meant to help people sleep more soundly.
Gravity Blanket is a 25 pound blanket (which recently raised almost $5 million on Kickstarter) that promises to alleviate some of the main causes of sleep deprivation – stress and anxiety. The blanket is designed to weigh approximately 10% of a person’s body weight and uses the power of proprioceptive input. Also called “deep touch pressure stimulation”, the approach is a well regarded therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body linked to improved sleep, mood, and relaxation. The result is a reduction in cortisol levels and an increase in serotonin production, which decreases heart rate and blood pressure. In fact, weighted blankets are well known within the medical community, where they’ve been used to calm patients’ anxiety and promote deep, restful sleep.
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