what about a weighted blanket makes it so calming?



I know it releases hormones, but why?

In: Biology

It isn’t that it releases hormones. Compression lowers blood pressure which can calm anxiety and help put people at easy.

Humans tend to sleep better with pressure on them from blankets. It can also lower anxiety. It makes humans feel more comfortable. One theory on why we evolved this way is that humans used to sleep together cuddling as a group for safety. It was easier to stay warm and to not get attacked by animals when sleeping together like that. Lions do something similar.

So, we feel calm relaxed and sleepy when a weighted blanket simulates the feeling of cuddling with someone for warmth and safety.