In this digital age of society, there is always something going on around us that is ready to stimulate, or overstimulate, our senses. Every second of every day, we are bombarded with flashing lights and carefully crafted images- fast-paced living with never-ending duties and ongoing responsibilities. It can be hard to shut out all the static noise when setting your mind to a task- especially when it comes to reading and absorbing information.
Whether reading for pleasure or work, if you are having trouble concentrating on the words- then you could greatly benefit from the perfect reading companion- a weighted blanket.
So how can a weighted blanket change the way you read?
Calms the Nerves
These heavier-than-normal blankets use weighted beads, secured and evenly dispersed throughout the fabric to create a gentle pressure around the user. Much like a baby being swaddled, using these blankets can create a sense of security, calming the nervous system by way of deep touch pressure. This pressure emulates the sensation of a hug, which is known to create a chemical reaction in the brain that releases dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin- aka the happy hormones.
A double dose of dopamine anyone? Dopamine is also responsible for reward-driven behaviour. Therefore, setting a goal- say reading for a set time- and following through with it, can send a surge of pleasure through our body. Recent scientific studies have delved into the importance of dopamine, and how the chemical has further-reaching effects through the body and mind than first thought.
By setting new reading goals each time you sit down with your book- and using your weighted blanket to achieve them- you could see a rise in productivity. Your dopamine levels could increase too, which in turn will further stimulate such goal-oriented behaviour.
Deep pressure stimulation can also reduce restlessness and improve focus. It can be difficult to shut out the rest of the world when taking a quiet moment for yourself- especially when there are a million other things to do with your family, for work, and around the house. By enveloping yourself in a weighted blanket at these times, such responsibilities don’t seem so pressing, allowing you to focus on whats in front of you. Enjoying a book with one of these in your lap can effectively help quiet your mind and body, so you can more easily process and absorb the words your reading .
Great for Children and Adults
Next time you find yourself sitting down with a good book, grab the Kudd.ly blanket, and you could focus quicker, concentrate for longer, and absorb more information in each reading session!
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