The Health and Wellness industry has never encountered hype like this before. What’s all the commotion about!?
It seems that anxiety, depression and stress have finally met a formidable foe.
The Weighted Blanket has burst onto the scene and has draped itself over the self-help-section of the internet.
It’s called the “bliss molecule” (AKA Oxytocin), and the Weighted Blanket will serve it to you on a silver platter!
The magic begins as your body is immersed in this amazing Oxytocin. You’ll experience:
- a feeling of calmness and serenity
- a boost in confidence, self esteem, optimism, and feelings of affection
- reduction in stress (cortisol)
- lowered heart rate and blood pressure
Sound too-good-to-be-true? In all seriousness, let us explain this very-real phenomenon.
Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the brain (by the hypothalamus) and secreted into the bloodstream (by the pituitary gland). This happens during very specific activities – emotion-related-physical-contact – notably hugging.
It’s this “pressurized touch” – and the resulting hormonal release – that science has associated with those “warm and fuzzy feelings”. For this reason, Oxytocin is also known as “the hug and cuddle hormone” or “the love hormone”.
Science has applied what it has learned about the “effects of physical contact on hormonal secretion” and developed and therapy called Deep Pressure Stimulation. A hug machine (AKA a hug box, squeeze machine, or squeeze box) is applied to patients to calm their hypersensitivity.
DPS and its effect on anxiety (this 2008 study published in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, and this 2011 study) is truly amazing and, lucky for us, it has made its way to the mainstream.
From this, the Weighted Blanket was born.
And there’s been no looking back. Users of weighted blankets have reported:
- immediate increase in energy
- better management of stress, anxiety and depression
- deep, restful sleep
- as a result of the above, a new outlook on life!
For your battle with anxiety (depression or stress), you have the crucial piece to accompany the diet, exercise, and mindfulness practice.
So Now You Want a Weighted Blanket?!
Not all weighted blankets are created equally. We tested 11 blankets available in the UK and narrowed it down to the 3 top weighted blankets based on effectiveness, quality and price.
The Koala Blanket is our favorite weighted blanket.
The goal of this UK based company, was to create a product that solved the issue of bead spillage, ripping, and uneven weight distribution – issues that other weighted blankets struggled with. After 18 months of development, they produced a product that overcame these struggles, that still provided an affordable price for their customers.
This blanket is made out of organic cotton and the cover is two sided. It has smaller pockets to keep the weighted beads in place. They also use extra strong thread and double stitching to ensure the blanket doesn’t break and spill its beads. This is a big complaint with other weighted blankets so it is nice to see this feature.