Help is on the way
Great news this morning gravity blanket managed to wrap up the 5 million on their fundraising campaign! I bet you are wondering why this is worth getting excited about?
As I suffer from anxiety I tried to find a release for the pressure. Intuitively I tried applying pressure to myself. I realised the sensation of cramming myself into small spaces does not just appeal to my contortionist nature but also my anxiety. It makes me feel safe, protected and annihilates any emotional pressure.
As I suffer from anxiety I tried to find a release for the pressure.
What do the gravity blanket and my pressure fetish have in common? They gravity blanket was designed to eliminate or reduce anxiety and help your sleep by applying an overall even pressure that comforts with a cocooning effect that reduces physical agitation. The blanket has also shown that it lowers electrodermal activity (EDA), the amount of electricity on the skin, by 33 percent. In studies, a lower EDA has been linked to a higher quality of sleep. From a neurological standpoint, the pressure stimulation, called proprioceptive input, has been shown to reduce cortisol and increase serotonin and melatonin in the brain, which decreases heart rate and blood pressure. Explaining why I enjoy squashing myself into small spaces to feel safe.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and high levels have been linked to insomnia, anxiety and depression. Serotonin, on the other hand, is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate the body’s internal clock and has an effect on your mental state. A lack of Serotonin can lead to an array of mental issues, which get combated with antidepressants that block those receptors and fill the gap between the synapses with more Serotonin to boost your mood again.
Melatonin is the primary hormone involved in making the body fall asleep and stay asleep. Participants of the Swedish study that used weighted blankets slept calmer and had less restless phases. Subjectively using the blanket enabled them to a more restful sleep and made them feel more comfortable.
I know what I will be giving a go next, rather the squashing myself in a seat, box, corner or have someone sit on me to release tension.