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'Weighted blankets are designed to mimic the sensation of being hugged, so helping reduce anxiet

Stress. Anxiety. Insomnia. They’re all increasingly common problems, with no one size fits all solution. Beyond the fundamental approaches to managing these conditions, there is a potentially useful tool which has begun making headlines as a possible way for those affected by the stresses and strains of modern life, to better manage their symptoms. This 'tool', for want of a better word, is the Weighted Blanket. Weighted blankets are designed to reduce stress and anxiety by mimicking the sensation of being hugged in a process called ‘deep pressure touch stimulation’... or deep pressure therapy. Such is the biochemical effect of these blankets, that those experiencing stress, anxiety and other mental health issues have been found to derive some relief, including a better night's sleep, simply by switching up their bedding. The main mechanism for the effect works by minimising body movement, and calming the nervous system through the activation of pressure points linked to sleep, mood and relaxation. It is suggested that by increasing serotonin and melatonin levels, and decreasing cortisol levels, everything from heart rate to blood pressure can be improved.

Sumo Sleep therapeutic weighted blankets have been constructed using breathable materials which should ensure sleepers are not too hot under the cover. They are engineered to be 8-14% of your body weight and the outer duvet is made of an ultra-soft, washable fabric. The inner shell is 100% cotton, machine-washable, and filled with high quality glass beads designed to provide the purported healing pressure. As a natural, holistic approach to everyday stresses and strains, there is perhaps great mileage in trialling the weighted blanket in place of your usual duvet, or as a comfort when reading or relaxing.. We'd say there’s nothing to lose... apart from the tension!!

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