Benefits of a weighted blanket for athletes

  • When the body slows down, the mental activity of racing thoughts can also slow down*. This sets up the necessary conditions for either solving problems in a relaxed state**, or drifting off to sleep.
  • This effect comes from the experience of deep pressure touch that “helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe.”***
  • Like a massage, moderate pressure applied to the body fosters the natural production of endorphins and serotonin, both hormones being associated with experience of wellbeing and optimal sleep.
  • Athletes are under extraordinary performance requirements. Public reputations, income, sponsorship, and many personal motivations that attract players to professional sports are at risk. Athletes live lives under physical and emotional stress – often in public.
  • Athletes are cultural celebrities. With that comes vast and sometimes unpredictable social expectations that require exposure to late hours and alcohol centred events. This feature of an already stressful profession can create a disaster for proper rest.

*Mullen, B., Champagne, T., Krishnamurty, S, et al. (2008). Exploring the Safety and Therapeutic Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation Using a Weighted Blanket. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 24:1, 65-­‐89

**Sutton, D., Wilson, M., VanKessel, K., Vanderpyl, J. (2014). Optimizing arousal to manage aggression: A pilot study of sensory modulation. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

***Wasmer-­‐Andrews, L. (2011). Choosing the right blanket to help you sleep, in Minding the Body, Psychology Today, 12
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