Weighted Blankets 101: The Science

Stress. Anxiety. Insomnia.

Millions of people around the world suffer from stress and anxiety, and in Canada, anxiety disorders affect 3 million adults. Instead of turning to prescription drugs as a remedy, sufferers can try a less invasive solution: weighted blankets.

The act of sleeping with a weighted blanket encourages Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation (DTPS).  DTPS can mimic the feeling of being hugged, swaddled or cradled.

According to a 2009 study by Temple Grandin, Ph.D in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, DTPS has a calming effect in children with autism and ADHD, and a similar relaxing effect in adults without a medical diagnosis.

Deep pressure encourages the production of serotonin, a hormone involved in elevating mood. Serotonin is also a precursor to melatonin, a hormone responsible in the regulation of sleep. In other words, deep pressure therapy can play a positive role to help with both mood and sleep.

How are Gravid weighted blankets made? We use of rounded glass pellets. They resemble grains of sand and are sewn into the blanket within stitched rectangular pockets, mixed with cotton batting. This allows the weight to remain evenly distributed, even when the blanket is being folded, tossed or flipped over. We prefer glass over the typical plastic poly pellets that other manufacturers use as it is 100% certified non-toxic. If you do decide to purchase a weighted blanket from another provider that uses plastic poly pellets, ask them to confirm that the plastic is BPA free. This will ensure that no chemicals are being transferred from the plastic to your body.

You can purchase a premium-grade therapeutic weighted blanket with free shipping in Canada here. Use the discount code FREESHIPPING.