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Jun 1, 2017

MORE WEIGHT, LESS STRESS

What if weight could reduce your stress and anxiety levels? No, it is no japanese kind of ancient culture. It is quite the opposite. It is already a therapy technique used in hospitals for the treatment of sleep disturbances.

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The blanket that promises to "relax the nervous system" and "decrease stress and anxiety", has arrived. It is a weighted blanket engineered to be 10% of your body weight to naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation.

"What? Why? How?" Just relax and read all about it.

Gravity uses the power of proprioceptive input (more commonly known as "deep touch pressure stimulation"), a well-regarded therapeutic method that stimulates pressure points on the body, in order to improve sleep, mood, and relaxation.

DTP works by altering cortisol levels and serotonin production, decreasing your heart rate and blood pressure as a result. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities for, but people with stress or anxiety disorders the long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body's processes.

Gravity is designed to hug you back at night, closely mimicking how a parent swaddles their child while they sleep. Even hospitals use weighted blankets to calm patients' anxiety and promote deep, restful sleep. In a similar way to swaddling an infant, the weight and pressure on an adult provides near-instant comfort and relief.

But Gravity isn't just for sleep. It can be used while you're reading in bed, as you relax on your couch, or while you meditate.

Best of all? Gravity is engineered with breathable materials, so you'll never be too hot underneath the covers.

So, what's the story with Gravity?

The Gravity Blanket was created by entrepreneur John Fiorentino, who states that he decided to make the product after realizing that weighted blankets, which are commonly used in the medical community to help alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety and assist people with autism, could also provide benefits to society at large.

In recent interview, Fiorentino said: "all the research I uncovered showed that these blankets are tremendously effective when it comes to helping with PTSD and other severe anxiety disorders; however, most people hadn't ever heard of weighted blankets, and it's hard to get them outside of the medical community. Also, they are extremely expensive".

It is important to keep in mind that the one unifying symptom of all anxiety disorders, is that persistent feeling of excessive fear or worry in non-threatening situations. This makes restful sleep exceedingly difficult and exacerbates the issue.

With the weighted blanket, the weight is distributed in key locations throughout the blanket to activate pressure points in the body, which increases serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels, thereby, improving your mood and promoting restful sleep at the same time. All without ever filling a prescription.

The science behind Gravity reveals that it can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as circumstantial stress and prolonged anxiety.

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