IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Sleep is a normal part of our daily routine- in fact, the average person spends about one third of their time doing it. The issues that arise when one disrupts this natural cycle have detrimental effects on memory, concentration, the immune system, mood, weight gain and much more. As such, it is crucial to maintain a balanced sleep cycle in order to restore the body’s chemical balances and maintain a decent quality of life.

To read more:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4469849/   

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Understanding-Sleep

 

HOW IT WORKS

Deep pressure stimulation has been used for some time now in the therapeutic field under the assumption that it modifies physiological arousal.  However, weighted blankets have now been scientifically tested to determine whether or not they actually help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.  A study by Brian & al (2008) demonstrated that 63% of the participants using the weighted blankets reported lower anxiety after use, and 78% preferred the weighted blankets as a calming tool. As such, deep pressure stimulation achieved by the weighted blankets does indeed aid in promoting relaxation and improving quality of sleep.

To read more:

https://www.jscimedcentral.com/SleepMedicine/sleepmedicine-2-1022.pdf

https://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleID=2247281

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J004v24n01_05

 

MEDICAL BENEFITS

Deep touch pressure therapy has not only aided in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation, but has been proven to aid people with autism disorder, borderline disorders and children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as well. The feeling of being “squeezed” creates a calming effect by touch stimulation, bringing relief to the patient.  This non-invasive treatment can be used in care-giving facilities and help others who suffer from: 

ADD/ADHD Spectrum Disorder 
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) 
Anxious Feelings and Panic symptoms, Stress and Tension. Cancer or Dental Anxiety, Perimenopause and Menopause symptoms
Sensory Integration Disorders/Sensory Processing Disorders
Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease 
Fibromyalgia 
And more.

To read more:

 https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1518701.1518776

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/cap.1992.2.63