The Science Behind Gravity Blankets and How They Affect Productivity

Sleeping, sitting, working, or relaxing? Here is what you need to know about weighted blankets on wellbeing and efficiency.

VEL houses some of the latest high-tech and productivity-inducing products on the market… Including one of the world’s most scientifically advanced blankets. The gravity blanket, purposefully designed to relax the nervous system, made its official launch to the public in 2017. Before this, the product was primarily used within the medical community to alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety in patients that suffered from a range of conditions. However, this all-natural form of relief is also highly effective in increasing productivity. 

The Science Behind the Blanket 

The Gravity blanket is designed to distribute weight across various pressure points within the region it covers. This applied pressure activates what is known as “Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation” (DTP). DTP is proven to decrease heart rate and blood pressure by alternating cortisol and serotonin levels. 

Serotonin is a naturally occurring monoamine neurotransmitter that is carried throughout the body. It is also known as the “feel good” hormone because It plays a significant role in various mental and physical functions. Healthy levels of Serotonin can positively affect mood, cognition, learning, memory, and sleep. 

Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is released into the bloodstream when there is a perceived threat both physically and to our well-being. Its effects include muscle tension, increased heart rate, and blood pressure, mood swings, digestive issues, a compromised immune system plus more. The long-term effects of high cortisol levels can lead to health risks; As well as, reduce productivity, quality of work, and job satisfaction.   

Stress is often experienced in the professional realm and can throw the body and mind off kilter. Deep Tissue Pressure Stimulation produces a calming effect by circulating in vital serotonin hormones to relax the nervous system. Gravity blankets are one of the highly effective products used to activate this. Therefore, using a weighted blanket while working can switch the body’s reaction from “fight or flight” (stress response) to “relax, rest and digest” (feel good response).  

At VEL, we take care of the mind and body first..because that is a working professional’s most important asset. Our premium work cafe is tailored with the latest productivity-inducing products that support wellness and well-being. Nestled in the corner of our state-of-the-art nest seats is a gravity blanket waiting for you.. So you can “relax, rest and digest” while also working at twice the speed!

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