Touch, like when Getting a hug, releases oxytocin into your brain. This hormone contributes to our general well-being and our ability to do so Dealing with stress. It is one of the reasons for swaddling newborns. But we don’t always have someone to pressure us. This is where a good weighted blanket comes in.
Weighted blankets use deep pressure to gently simulate the feeling of being carried. The hug machine, for example, invented it Grandin TemplePressure is used to calm those on the autism spectrum who dislike physical touch from others. A weighted blanket isn’t a cure-all for anything, but it may make you feel better – there isn’t a lot of scientifically backed research on this topic, so you should discuss using one with your doctor. My colleague Jess Gray and I both suffer from anxiety disorders, and these blankets were so rewarding, as they helped us manage our anxiety. We have tested several; Here is the best.
Updated November 2021: We’ve added a new budget blanket, a Gravity travel blanket and two Yogibo aromatherapy options.
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