Sleep cycle

Our sleep cycle and its impact on our waking life have been studied for decades by the science community. We now know that our sleep can be affected by just about any element in our bedroom environment as well as by our moods and our current health. When it comes to the bedroom, it’s been established that having the right kind of sleeping arrangement, such as an adequate mattress and pillow, will greatly affect the quality of our sleep. It’s also been a loosely verified factor that the heavier the blanket the deeper the sleep. This particular fact has been the subject of recent studies that confirmed it with great precision.

Sleep disorder affects a lot of people nowadays, which is understandable when you consider the huge amounts of stress and anxiety that the working life puts on the individual. In the United states, almost 10% of the entire population suffers from sleep disorders and over 18% report suffering from anxiety. That was the motivation behind a new interview given by a therapist to Futurism in which she denotes some important effects of what is called “proprioceptive input” on the quality of sleep and consequently on our overall mood and mental well being.

Proprioceptive input, also called deep touch pressure stimulation is a therapy method that works on reducing stress, fixing our sleep and maintaining a good mental health by interacting with different pressure points in the body in order to relax the nervous system. This effect happens by boosting serotonin and melatonin input and reducing cortisol levels which in turn creates a calming impact on the subject.

This entire process can be done through either therapy or simply by sleeping under a weighted blanket. These blankets target the above mentioned pressure points thus creating the calming effect which leads to a better sleep, a calmer waking life and eventually a better life altogether.