Weighted blankets are designed to provide a comforting, soothing sensation that helps people relax and sleep more deeply. Studies suggest that the pressure of a weighted blanket on the body can activate the body’s natural relaxation response. This is because the pressure of the blanket acts like a gentle massage and releases serotonin and dopamine, hormones that can help reduce stress and increase relaxation. The weight of the blanket also helps to reduce tossing and turning, allowing for longer periods of uninterrupted sleep. Additionally, weighted blankets can help to reduce anxiety by providing a sense of security and comfort.