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How Long Until Your Body Adapts To Sleeping Under Weight



SLEEP SCIENCE

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Dreaming of sleeping under a weighted blanket but not sure how long it will take to work? Whether you still need a few days to sleep on it or are already sleeping under it, we’re here to give you the rundown. The effectiveness and the time it takes to begin working its wonders, like anything else, has a lot to do with your body, mind and personal routines.


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Do People Adapt to Weighted Blankets Differently?


Bearaby customers continue to praise that the blanket’s addition to their sleeping routine is certainly worth the weight; but how long exactly until you notice a difference? Well, to be honest, we can’t give a blanket response since it has a lot to do with your personal sleeping habits as well as your experience using one. While one may feel instantly more relaxed after snuggling up in their blanket, consistent use over time will help to develop healthier sleep patterns, resulting in long-term benefits. For those trying a weighted blanket for the first time we recommend easing your way under by using only half the blanket for the first 3-5 days. Covering just your legs, for instance, during the first few days can help your body adjust to sleeping under the weight, so that you can gradually develop a more healthy sleep schedule. As with anything, it takes 21 days to form a habit, so consistent use of weighted bedding will round out your sleep routine, resulting in overall benefits.


Does Your Mind Adapt like Your Body Does?


The short answer? Yes. Incorporating weighted bedding into your sleep routine results in both physical and mental benefits. Sleeping under a light amount of pressure (the good kind!) can immediately offer a sense of relaxation resulting in an increase and decrease in levels of certain hormones produced in the brain. One of these hormones produced is known as Oxytocin, a chemical directly associated with a feeling of happiness. When using the Napper, for example, one’s body adapts to the weight of the comforter in the same way it would do when being cuddled, which is directly linked to the production of Oxytocin. As a result, a person feels at peace, contributing to their overall well-being.

Additionally, sleeping under a weighted blanket isn’t much different from applying pressure to the body which helps to slow down a person’s heart rate. Referred to by doctors as ‘Pressure Therapy,’ decreasing the BPM leads to in a sense of calmness, which some immediately notice upon first use. Backed by scientific research, sleeping under a weighted blanket can help to relieve stress by reducing cortisol levels in the brain. This means that you’ll not only be guided into a more restful night of sleep, but your quality of rest will be better as well. In fact, Bearaby designed their blankets with technology based on scientific research around Deep Touch Pressure (DTP). Unlike other weighted blankets that use plastic pellets to add weight, Bearaby chose to think outside of the box by hand-knitting over 280 yards of organic yarn to create chunky-soft weight naturally. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing and super cozy, but it’s unique design evenly distributes weight across your body.


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So what does this all mean?


We know, we know…lots of science stuff, so we’ll sum it all up for you. Higher levels of oxytocin and lower levels of cortisol naturally result in higher serotonin, which is the chemical that affects sleep, mood and memory, or in other words… all the feels. Serotonin converts into melatonin which on a basic level, tells the body when it’s ready to hit the lights. Unfortunately, a lot of adults suffer from low serotonin levels due to high-stress environments which makes it difficult to fall asleep naturally without relying on sleep aids and other pharmaceutical supplements. That being said, using a weighted blanket can increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol which results in stabilized serotonin levels that naturally develop into the melatonin needed for a peaceful night’s rest. Science lesson over.

Seriously though, whether it’s your first night using a weighted blanket or you’ve used one for years, the benefits of the Napper are usually felt almost immediately. It may take your body a few days to adapt to sleeping under light pressure, but the long-term effects can prove to be absolutely life changing.


Bearassentials

• The time it takes for your weighted blanket to begin working its wonders has a lot to do with your body, mind and personal routines. We’re all wired differently, but eventually we all get tired, and being run down is absolutely no way to be.


• Like with anything else, resting under weight takes a little practice, but the right weighted blanket should condition your mind and body to a new, better way of sleeping in no time. If you need to, ease your way under it by starting with just covering your legs.


• The scientific research is all there and sometimes it helps to understand the ‘why and how’ behind the ‘what’. But don’t let all those big brainy words scare you away. If anything reading all about it might just put you to sleep...

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Did you know?
Cortisol—the main stress hormone in your body—is produced by your adrenal glands, which are the triangle-shaped organs at the top of your kidneys. SCIENCE!



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