Who knows why a hug works wonders? Most likely it’s an instinct that goes back to infancy, or perhaps even the womb. All we know is that research has shown a little embrace now and then can yield health benefits across the board.
Those results are the basis for a recent sleep trend you may have heard about: Weighted blankets. We all know a thick blanket can be a wonderful thing to curl up under, especially on a chilly winter night.
Recently, some manufacturers have added tiny weights into the fabric of their blankets, weighing them down just enough to replicate that feeling of being hugged or swaddled.
It should go without saying that this sensation can help you fall asleep better. And if you’re looking to test the theory, Cushion Lab’s Calm Embrace Weighted Blanket is a great place to start.
Where some weighted blankets simply add some weights to the fringes or corners, the Calm Embrace blanket achieves the weighted effect with hundreds of tiny nanobeads. These lead-free, medical quality beads are sewn into small pockets throughout the blanket, distributing that weight evenly.
Lay under the cover and you instantly feel a gentle pressure that practically tucks you into bed. In total, the blanket weighs in at 15 pounds — enough for you to feel the pressure, but not so much that you feel restrained.
Scientifically speaking, the effect is called “deep touch pressure stimulation.” Essentially, the body perceives it as an ultra-passive massage. It’s designed to release a cocktail of chemicals in your body that are ideal for bedtime: Serotonin (for a feeling of well-being) and melatonin (the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle).
In layman’s terms, the blanket just feels like one big hug. And, lest we forget, the material is pretty comforting all its own, made from a blend of cotton, polyester and smooth Minky fabric.
Right now, Komando readers can get the Calm Embrace Weighted Blanket and take advantage of a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty – not to mention a 44% discount off the original store price.
Prices subject to change.
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