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Why Hush Weighted Blankets Changed My Sleep Forever

Why Hush Weighted Blankets Changed My Sleep Forever

Honestly,

Sleeping was never SUPER easy for me. Often times I overhear people say how they can hardly stay awake the second there head hits the pillow and I sit there in pure jealousy. I have tried many "natural" remedies such as melatonin, messages, and even meditation. To be honest I even started to work out (which I guess is a good thing) but it still did not lead to a better sleep. 

My sister in law actually sent me a link to an article suggesting that weighted blankets may hold the key to all my sleep problems. Although skeptical at first (very skeptical) I figured I would give it a try. After reaching out to a few companies, Hush was very eager to assist me and help me choose a weight and even answer any lingering questions I had. 

Lucky enough they had a few in stock and I was able to receive my blanket within just a couple of days. 

When the blanket arrived I was super excited (isn't everybody these days with packages?) The blanket took about 10 minutes to set up and I could not wait to have my first few nights of sleep with my new Hush Weighted Blanket

The first couple of nights were a little interesting, to say the least. I found that I was waking up much more relaxed and calm. Something I am not used too as I do have 2 kids who tend to carry a LOT of "morning energy" as I like to call it. 

The next 3-5 days is where everything CHANGED. I am not kidding, it was the first time in months that I was able to sleep without my mind racing, my anxiety making me uncomfortable and my stress causing me to sweat. 

I was able to just SLEEP. 

Relaxed, calm, and hugged. It was pure bliss. The soft material they use and the weight just feels like somebody is cuddling you just enough so that you slip away into a beautiful sleep. 

Until now, I didn't believe that anything would work. But I was wrong. 

10 Gadgets to Help You Fall (and Stay) Asleep Faster

10 Gadgets to Help You Fall (and Stay) Asleep Faster

In this age of information, with social media, trends and constant, everyday distractions, it’s easy to lose track of time and develop some nasty habits.

Whether it’s binge-watching another show on Netflix, scrolling to infinity on Instagram or just answering emails, many people just don’t get enough sleep anymore.

Lack of sleep can lead to the development of various issues which will leave you unable to enjoy life and cope with everyday challenges.

People are slowly getting more aware of the negative consequences of sleep deprivation and how easy it actually it is to drift off in a cycle of bad decisions, unstable mood, and physical weakness.

As awareness of this issue starts to spread and more people start looking to return to healthier lifestyles and habits, it’s becoming clearer that the solution starts with better sleep.

Before you take on an important problem, you always want to make sure your performance is at its best, and what better way to make sure that is so than waking up energized, refreshed and ready to take on the day?

Due to the depth of the problem and the number of distractions that take place when one decides to start working on their sleep, it might be necessary to have one of these 10 gadgets to help you get started on your journey to a better version of yourself.

We picked out the gadgets we found to be both affordable and effective, hope you enjoy and find one that matches your needs.


1. 2Breathe
http://2breathe.com/

Our minds seek to identify, establish and follow patterns. For centuries, the benefits of slow breathing combined with prolonged exhalation have been known to humankind. Another thing truly soothing to the complex pattern-seeking machinery of the human mind is music.


2Breathe is a smart device that composes calming music according to your breathing in real time. The synergy of slow breathing and music architected by this phenomenal device speaks directly to the parasympathetic nervous system and therefore allows you to drift away into dreamland within minutes.


This is achieved by using a low-energy Bluetooth device that tracks your breathing and wirelessly sends it to 2Breathe, which composes music and adapts it to your respiratory cycle. Additionally, the device tracks your breathing throughout the night, so when you wake up, you’ll have a detailed sleep report waiting for you in the 2Breathe mobile app.
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2. Sleep Genius
http://sleepgenius.com/

World’s leading experts in the fields of neuroscience, sleep, and music originally joined forces to create this software for NASA astronauts.
weighted blankets
Today, this software is available to everyone, as an IOS or Android mobile app.
Sleep Genius combines several techniques to engage the brain’s sleep centers with its music. Neurosensory algorithms trigger a motion-induced sensation, similar to a baby being rocked to sleep. Multi-band binaural beats train your brainwaves to match the stages of sleep, which keeps you asleep longer. Pink noise blocks distracting noises lowers your heart rate and relaxes your breathing. This is brought to you in the form of psychoacoustic music - scientifically composed audio that prepares your brain for sleep.

 

 

3. Sleep Shepherd
https://sleepshepherd.com/

This smart headband uses EEG (electroencephalography) to monitor your brainwave frequency and plays binaural beats accordingly. Your brain naturally matches the frequency of binaural beats, so as the frequency of the binaural beats gradually decreases, so does your brainwave frequency decrease along with it, until you fall asleep.

Once you fall asleep, the binaural beats stop, but Sleep Shepherd continues tracking your brainwave frequency. If you wake up during the night, Sleep Shepherd will know, and it will start playing binaural beats according to your brainwave frequency in real time again until you fall back to sleep.

This prolongs the time you spend in deep sleep and therefore increases sleep quality, which allows you to wake up refreshed and energized. The device also wakes you up, by reversing the process - this time increasing your brainwave frequency.


Sleep Shepherd comes with a mobile app that provides detailed reports on your brain activity overnight, and much more - you can even see your head orientation. Possibly the biggest advantage of Sleep Shepherd is that it’s completely portable and it’s made of materials that allow the skin to ‘breathe’, so you basically won’t even feel you’re wearing it.
Sleep Shepherd Blue

 

4. Motiv Ring
https://mymotiv.com/

Motiv Ring is one of the tiniest fitness, heart rate and sleep trackers out there. It’s comfortable and stylish. The optical heart rate sensor and the Bluetooth transmitter are wrapped in a premium titanium shell. It’s durable and waterproof, and the battery lasts 3 days, so you won’t have to take it off every minute to charge it.

Motiv is the first company to fit an optical heart rate sensor in a ring this size. It comes with an app that triggers and records automatically when you, for example, go out for a run. But that doesn’t mean that you have to carry your phone out on the run - on the contrary - the ring has 2 days of memory space and the data will be uploaded to the app the minute you get home.

Automatically, it’s periodically updated via Bluetooth so neither the battery of the phone nor that of the ring is drained too much. Want to sync manually? Just rotate the ring a couple of times and that will do the work. 


The ring is ultra light and very elegant, so wearing it in your sleep to monitor your heart rate will not be a problem at all. And waking up to a report is a good opportunity to optimize your sleeping habits.
couple cuddling

5. Fisher Wallace Stimulator
https://www.fisherwallace.com

This headband device uses medical-grade technology to send gentle electrical impulses to the brain. This stimulates secretion of serotonin and other neurochemicals required for healthy mood and sleep.

It’s been proven in multiple studies and it’s supported by doctors at Harvard, NYU, Cornell and other top institutions. It’s cleared by the FDA to treat insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

Fisher Wallace Stimulator is used in 20-minute sessions, twice a day and they offer a 30-day money back warranty. It’s also used by substance abuse clinics, research has shown that the device increased 90-day rehab retention by 50%. An important thing to mention is that the FDA requires a licensed healthcare provider to authorize your purchase of this product.
happy man looking at his phone

 

6. NightWave Sleep Assistant
https://www.nightwave.com/

NightWave projects a soft pulsating LED light onto your darkened bedroom. The way it works is that you lie with your eyes open and adjust your breathing to the rhythm of the light. As the pulsating slows down, so does your breathing.

After a short time NightWave shuts off, and you roll over and fall asleep. It helps you empty your mind and relax, allowing you to drift away to sleep within minutes.

Meditation-oriented techniques for falling asleep do work, but the majority of them are revolving around focusing on breathing. As many people have difficulties staying focused on breathing, NightWave comes in as a perfect tool to provide visual support and assistance to focus-challenged breathers.
NightWave Sleep Assistant

 

 

7. SomniResonance - SR1
https://www.deltasleeper.com/

This small, light-weight, non-invasive medical device works in a rather interesting way. Since the human brain emits specific electromagnetic frequency patterns depending on the state of consciousness we find ourselves in at a given moment, the patterns of the brain that’s falling asleep are measured and recognized. SomniResonance SR1 works in such a way that it mimics the normal frequency patterns of the brain when it’s falling asleep.

This way, it gently shifts your brain’s frequency patterns to match the frequency patterns of the brain in the process of falling asleep, and it only works for a couple of minutes until you fall asleep.

SR1 is battery-powered. It’s placed on the brachial plexus/nerve bundle on the upper chest, utilizing the nervous system as a transmitter from the chest to the brain. This placement allows for the full variety of sleep positions.

SomniResonance

 

 

8. Dreem
https://dreem.com

Dreem is a smart sleep device that utilizes a combination of sound and slow breathing to help you shorten the time it takes you to fall asleep. It wakes you up during your lightest sleep stage, guaranteeing a gentle morning rise.

The Dreem headband tracks and analyses your sleep in real time, and regulates your sleep completely independently during the night - meaning no WiFi and no Bluetooth.

When you wake up and put Dreem to charging, it automatically syncs all data to the cloud and updates your Dreem app with comprehensive reports.
It’s completely flexible and very light, with superior design.

For tracking your brain activity overnight, it uses electroencephalography. To transfer sound, Dreem doesn’t use earplugs or speakers, but bone conduction, which means the sound is transmitted through your forehead directly to the inner ear.
dream.com

 

 

9. Aromarest
https://www.aromarest.com/

Aromarest has a different approach to sleep. It’s all about going back to the roots. This lamp-like gadget is placed at the bedside and connected to your phone via Bluetooth speakers.

It imitates sunlight with 96 million color LEDs and combines that with aromatherapy, with scents of your choice filling your bedroom.

When you choose a time to wake up at, it will gradually play various noises with slowly increasing volume so that you wake up slowly and easily, without sudden noise and stress.

It comes with an app that allows you to customize everything, from light intensity and color, over the noise type, volume, and intensity, to the aromas, which are dispersed through a dual diffuser.

Aromarest

10. SleepScore Max
https://www.sleepscore.com/

After 10 years of work, SleepScore Labs came up with Max, a definite solution for a better sleep. Max needs to be plugged in, placed on the bedside and connected to a downloadable app.


Now here’s what makes Max so special: it requires no contact at all in order to function - it tracks every minimal movement you make during your sleep - down to one-tenth of a millimeter.

Max uses biomotion sensor technology, similar to echolocation, to track your movement and breathing during sleep. You’ll wake up to comprehensive reports on how you can sleep and actionable advice on what you can do to improve your sleep the following night, including various products or habits you can implement.
SleepScore Max

11. The Hush Blanket

https://havenmattress.ca

This wouldn't be a true Hush article if it didn't end with a plug for our own product. 

A weighted blanket is.. well, you already know the science for how it can help reduce anxiety and battle insomnia, almost instantly.

The weight acts as a comforting hug, triggering what's known as Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation. Your cortisol level is reduced while your melatonin (sleep hormone) increases.

Learn more about it here.

These sleep gadgets will help you restart your sleep cycle, build healthy habits and utilize the maximum of your potential to reach the highest quality of life. Sleep is associated with learning and thinking capability, the two most important factor that can put a healthy smile on your face and lead you to a joyful and productive everyday experience.

Be bold. Be innovative. Adapt and overcome, and explore new solutions and technology. Tech is on our side when used properly - for the betterment of one’s life and to provide simple solutions to complicated problems.

How Do Weighted Blankets Work?

How Do Weighted Blankets Work?

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already have a rough idea of what weighted blankets are about.

In a nutshell, weighted blankets are blankets that are weighed down by stuffers such as plastic pellets, poly pellets or glass beads.

When it comes to how heavy these blankets should be, a general guideline is to choose a blanket that’s 7% to 12% of your body weight. (In our experience, though, you get better results with heavier blankets, so keep that in mind!)

Now, once folks understand the basics of weighted blankets, they often start wondering… what’s the science behind weighted blankets? Do weighted blankets work, for real?

In this article, we seek to demystify weighted blankets, and address all the burning questions that you’ve got about the effectiveness of weighted blankets, once and for all.

Ready? Let’s jump right in!

Do weighted blankets work?

According to multiple studies, yes, weighted blankets do help to alleviate stress and anxiety.

We’ll get to these studies in a bit, but first, let’s explore how weighted blankets work.

Haven Hush Weighted Blankets
Essentially, weighted blankets provide a firm, deep pressure stimulation that’s known as Deep Touch Pressure Therapy (DTP).

If you haven’t heard about DTP before, it’s a form of firm tactile sensory input that provides proprioceptive input to the whole body.

To break it down in simple English, DTP results in a reassuring, cocooning feeling that helps to calm individuals down.

Alright, so now you know the theory behind weighted blankets, let’s talk about exactly how weighted blankets work.

When you drape a weighted blanket across you, this exerts a light, soothing pressure on you, and it produces a “stroking-like” tactile sensation when you move.

As Gaby Badre, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the sleep disorders clinic (SDS Kliniken) in Gothenburg, Sweden puts it: the tactile stimulation, when amplified by movements, results in the equivalent of a caress.

Now, when we receive this tactile stimulation, this triggers the release of neurotransmitters that act of decrease over-arousal and anxiety.

More specifically, DPT aids in the release of both serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that make people feel more relaxed.


How did weighted blankets come about?

Weighted blankets were derived from the Squeeze Machine, which is a therapy tool created by autism researcher, Temple Grandin.

When she was young, Dr. Grandin saw cows being led through a compression device that was designed to hold them in place while administering vaccinations.

Temple Grandin

While the cows were initially displaying a large amount of anxiety, Dr. Grandin realized that they suddenly become calm and docile upon being squeezed by the machine.

This led to Dr. Grandin coming up with the idea of using DPT to provide comfort to individuals with autism.

Here, Dr. Grandin -- who was on the autism spectrum herself -- drew from her own experiences. She knew that being held and hugged comforted her, but also noted that at times, she felt irritated or alarmed when someone approached her and attempted to hug her.

Bearing this in mind, Dr. Grandin set out to create a device that could help individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders get the positive benefits of a hug without feeling confined or cornered.

After a good deal of trial and error, Dr. Grandin built the Squeeze Machine, which was modelled after the compression machine that she saw on the farm.

This therapy tool applied firm but gentle pressure throughout the patient’s body, and stimulated the release of neurotransmitters in their brain.

Now, while the Squeeze Machine was useful in alleviating stress and anxiety, it was bulky and expensive -- this led manufacturers to come up with the idea of building a lightweight device that could achieve the same benefits.

Enter… the weighted blanket!

Hush Blankets for Autism

While weighted blankets were originally purchased by healthcare professionals, and used as a therapy tool, they’ve grown increasingly mainstream over the past few years.

Today, manufacturers and brands are selling weighted blankets directly to consumers, and it’s no longer seen as a tool specifically for those on the autism spectrum.

Instead, weighted blankets are now commonly used by folks who want to improve their sleep quality and reduce their stress levels!


Why buy a weighted blanket, when you can just give and receive hugs?

If weighted blankets work because of DPT, and DPT can be administered through hugs, then why can’t we simply use hugs to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety?

First up, individuals who have sensory processing disorders may not always be able to tolerate hugging or even touching. Because these individuals have tactile sensitivity, they get easily overwhelmed by people who touch them or hug them.

Bearing this in mind, if you’ve got an autistic child who’s displaying signs of stress or anxiety, enveloping them in a tight hug may help… but it might also serve to worsen their anxiety.

That’s where weighted blankets come in -- these blankets can apply firm but gentle pressure, and they bring about all the benefits of a hug without forcing any unwelcome or unpleasant body contact.

Autistic individuals aside, how about your average Joe who wants to use DPT to reduce their feelings of stress and anxiety?

For these folks, you can definitely seek out hugs as a form of DPT, but there are certain logistical issues that come into play here.

Assuming you live alone, you probably won’t see your close friends and family EVERY single day -- and this might make it hard for you to get DPT as and when you need it.

Even if you’re living with a partner or close friend, they might not be available to help you ease your stress or anxiety 24/7.

Hush Iced Blankets

Here’s an example: if you experience chronic insomnia and you don’t fall asleep till the wee hours of the morning, you can’t quite ask your partner to forgo their own sleep to cuddle you till early morning.

The bottom line? Using a weighted blanket is a lot easier, and more realistic!

Weighted blanket therapy: Relevant studies

Still not convinced by weighted blanket therapy?

The following small-scale studies all indicate that weighted blankets do work wonders when it comes to relieving anxiety and reducing insomnia. Read on to find out more!

1) Children with and without ADHD

One of the first studies to address the effectiveness of weighted blankets was published back in 2011 in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry.

This study involved 42 children aged 8 to 13. Half of the children in the group had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the other half did not have any medical conditions.

With this study, researchers tracked the children’s sleep via sleep testing for four weeks in total. In the first two weeks, the kids slept how they normally did, and in the last two weeks, they slept using a weighted blanket.

On top of conducting sleep testing, researchers also enlisted the parents’ help in keeping records, in the form of diaries.

Hush Kids Blanket

All in all, the weighted blankets proved to be profoundly effective for kids with ADHD. More specifically, using weighted blankets reduced the time it took for these children to fall asleep to a level comparable to children without ADHD.

The weighted blankets also reduced the number of middle-of-the-night awakenings in kids with ADHD (again, to a level comparable to children without the condition).


2) Adults with chronic insomnia

Another often-cited study that addresses the effectiveness of weighted blankets was published in 2015 in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders.

In this study, researchers recruited 31 adults with chronic insomnia, and tracked their quality of sleep across one month.

For the first week, the participants slept using their own bedding. They then spent two weeks sleeping with a weighted blanket, before going back to using their own bedding for the last week.

Hush Classic Blanket

The results of the study? 80% of the study’s participants indicated that they liked the weighted blanket. These participants reported a range of benefits when using the blanket, including:

  • Falling asleep more quickly
  • Sleeping for a longer period of time
  • Spending less time awake in the middle of the night
  • Feeling more refreshed in the morning

3) Patients undergoing wisdom tooth extraction

Finally, the last study we’ll be walking you through today was published in 2016 in the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association; the goal of the study was to observe the effect of weighted blankets on people in stressful circumstances.

This study involved a total of 60 dental patients whom researchers split evenly between an experimental and a control group.

While the experimental group wore a weighted blanket during the wisdom tooth extraction, the control group did not have a blanket on.

After analyzing the results, it was found that the participants who wore a weighted blanket demonstrated “enhanced activity” in the branch of the nervous system that takes over in times of low stress.

Hush Weight Blanket
In their conclusion, the researchers stated that there was empirical evidence that DPT can influence “autonomic arousal” during stress, mentioning that DPT may be an appropriate therapeutic modality for people in stressful conditions.


Reviews by Business Insider, Healthline, and NBC News

As weighted blankets have gone mainstream, we’ve seen plenty of reputable news outlets review these blankets to provide their own take on whether it works.

In this section, we summarize three reviews by Business Inside, Healthline, and NBC News, so you can form your own opinion on whether weighted blankets are for you!

#1: Business Insider’s weighted blankets review

Business Insider Hush Blankets

Blanket tried: 15-pound weighted blanket.

Verdict: Effective.

Reviewer’s notes: “Right away I noticed a huge change in the quality of my sleep.
Each night I get into bed as usual and drape the blanket over the duvet cover and over my body, from my toes to my shoulders. I was falling asleep faster with less tossing and turning to get comfortable and relaxed. I was staying asleep through the night, and I haven't taken any melatonin since making the purchase.”

Link to review: Business Insider


#2: Healthline’s weighted blankets review

Healthline Hush Blanket

Blanket tried: 15-pound weighted blanket, 4 feet wide by 6 feet long.

Verdict: Took a while to get used to, but it was eventually effective.

Reviewer’s notes: “Over the next two weeks, I slept with the weighted blanket each night, and woke up beneath it each morning. I began to feel a beautiful sense of calm when I’d cozy up underneath it before bed. I enjoyed the feeling so much I even began using the blanket when reading before bed or surfing the internet on the couch.”

Link to review: Healthline


#3: NBC News’ weighted blankets review

NBC News Hush Blankets

Blanket tried: 17-pound weighted blanket.

Verdict: Effective.

Reviewer’s notes: “I was able to just focus on the present, and that made it easier to fall asleep. I didn’t wake up once in the middle of the night, which is very rare for me and after 7 hours of solid sleep, I felt so refreshed that I didn’t even need to stop for my iced coffee on the way to office.”

Link to review: NBC News


Want to give weighted blankets a shot?

I hope you got some value out of this summary on weighted blankets and why they work. 

If you’re keen on experiencing the magic of weighted blankets with a premium one made just for adults, go ahead and purchase a Hush Blanket for yourself.

Don’t worry about changing your mind -- all Hush Blankets come with an awesome 100 Night Guarantee, and you can get a FULL refund if you decide that the blanket isn’t for you after all.