Cuddle Buddy Weighted Blankets!

by Samantha MacKenzie

Cuddle Buddy Weighted Blankets!

Weighted blankets, also known as pressure and gravity blankets, have sky-rocketed in popularity thanks to their ability to help ease stress and improve sleep. They do this by providing pressure on the body, an at-home therapy, likened to the Occupational Therapist technique of Deep Touch Pressure Therapy.

Sleep Specialist, Jane Wigglesworth says, “When firm but gentle pressure is applied, the body switches from engaging the sympathetic nervous system (which prompts the body’s “fight or flight” response) to engaging the parasympathetic nervous system (which promotes the “rest and digest” response). To put it another way, the blanket’s weight stimulates the sensation of touch, similar to massage or acupressure; there is scientific evidence that touch affects the autonomic nervous system, producing a calming effect,” says

“Weighted blankets can work well for people who have insomnia and a co-occurring mental health disorder, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder. It may also be beneficial for people with autism spectrum disorder and those with sensory processing disorder (SPD).”

Sleep expert & Registered Nurse, Deb Herdman says, “Weighted blankets can improve sleep in a number of ways by providing deep therapy pressure to muscles to aid relaxation, improve sleep latency (the time taken to go from awake to asleep and improve sleep debt that causes, in many cases, frequent overnight waking. Weighted blankets are a natural alternative to enable the body to gently succumb to deeper, restful sleep.”

As a result of a tumultuous 2020 and a higher emphasis on self-care, the introduction of the weighted blanket is both a natural and fitting extension of the Cuddle Buddy range.

Blankets are sold exclusively online via starting from $129.95.

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