What are the benefits of a weighted blanket?
In our conversation with Aeyla, the award-winning and best-selling blanket brand, we discovered the benefits of weighted blankets and how they can be enhanced when combined with OTO Sleep Drops, a highly effective CBD tincture that supports quality sleep.
Aeyla has been in the sleep and wellness industry for 4 years, gaining valuable insights into sleep improvement methods.
What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is just as it sounds - a blanket that is weighted down using beads or tight weaving. They come in various weights, and as a general rule of thumb, a weighted blanket should be 8-12% of the user's body weight.
How does a weighted blanket work?
Weighted blankets utilize Deep Touch Pressure therapy, which involves applying firm, gentle pressure to the body to relax the nervous system. The pressure from a weighted blanket can lower the heart rate and breathing rate, naturally preparing the body for sleep.
What benefits does a weighted blanket have?
A weighted blanket stimulates the brain to produce serotonin and dopamine, which improve mood and the body’s sense of calm. It also encourages the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, which signals to your body that it's time to nod off.
The gentle pressure helps to slow down the heart rate, reducing anxiety and providing a feeling of security, akin to swaddling an infant. Deep touch pressure therapy has been proven to have incredible benefits for people with autism, anxiety, depression, Tourette's, restless leg syndrome, ADHD, PTSD, or insomnia1.
The benefits of a weighted blanket go beyond helping people fall asleep; they reduce tossing and turning during the night, which results in deeper, higher quality sleep. A better night's sleep, in turn, significantly improves productivity and social interactions the following day.
Enhancing the experience with OTO Sleep Drops
When paired with the use of a weighted blanket, OTO Sleep Drops can further improve your sleep experience. The CBD tincture has been shown to be effective in promoting relaxation and improving sleep quality2.
Combining the calming effects of the weighted blanket and the sleep-enhancing benefits of OTO Sleep Drops creates the optimal environment for a restful and rejuvenating night's sleep.
Mullen, B., Champagne, T., Krishnamurty, S., Dickson, D., & Gao, R. X. (2008). Exploring the Safety and Therapeutic Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation Using a Weighted Blanket. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 24(1), 65-89.
Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. The Permanente Journal, 23, 18-041.