Deep Pressure Therapy to Help You Sleep
Linda Nguyen | Oct. 25, 2019
For some, it’s not easy to catch some Zzz’s. And while the internet can provide tips and tricks aplenty, you’re in need of something a little extra, something that will effectively settle you down so you can finally rest. Deep Pressure Therapy could just be the thing to get you sleeping.
Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT) is a firm but gentle pressure that relaxes the nervous system. Many liken it to the squeezing of a comforting hug, and the pressure applied can inspire overall calmness and peace over the body.
Weighted blankets have risen in popularity over the last few years for its calming effect. Let’s breakdown why it works for some people:
How does deep pressure therapy work?
Each person has an autonomic nervous system (ANS) that works subconsciously to regulate your body processes and rate of breathing. There are two components that belong to the ANS, and when deep pressure is applied to your body, your body switches from the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), or “fight or flight system,” to its parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), also known as “rest and digest.”
Your SNS takes charge when you’re faced with stressful situations, but when it takes the lead for too long, it can make you feel anxious and irritable. With deep pressure applied, the PSNS slows down your heart rate and relaxes your muscles. You experience an increase of serotonin (a chemical that regulates sleep and relaxation) and melatonin (which is a sleep regulation chemical), therefore allowing calmness and relaxation to take over.
Potential benefits of deep pressure therapy:
- Helps calm when you’re stressed
- Helps you wind down after a busy day
- Encourages relaxation to help you fall asleep
- Allows you to have a better night’s rest
- Can be used to help decrease physical symptoms of anxiety
What are your options?
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It makes sense, then, why people say they need to do something–or do nothing–to decompress from daily stressors. Weighted blankets have risen in popularity over the last few years for its calming effect, but it’s not everyone’s jam. Whether it’s meditation, a warm bath, or a weighted blanket, unwind and relax in the way that suits you best in order to get the rest that you deserve.