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The Calming Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation and Weighted Blankets

Are Bougie Blankets really magic? Read on to discover why so many customers think so.


Have you ever found comfort in a tight hug or the weight of a heavy quilt on a cold night? This simple sensation can have a powerful impact on your mood and sense of calm. This soothing effect, known as deep pressure stimulation (DPS), is at the heart of why weighted blankets have become so popular. In this blog, let’s explore the science behind DPS and why weighted blankets are increasingly used to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and even improve sleep.


What is Deep Pressure Stimulation?

Deep pressure stimulation is a sensory input characterized by firm, consistent pressure applied to the body. This type of touch is known for its calming effects and has been used in various therapeutic contexts, from massage therapy to occupational therapy. When pressure is applied to the body, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to reduce stress and anxiety by lowering the body’s arousal state.

DPS is believed to work by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are associated with mood regulation, and decreasing the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. This can lead to a feeling of relaxation and tranquility, making DPS a useful tool for managing anxiety, sensory processing issues, and even certain disorders like autism spectrum disorder.


Weighted Blankets: A Popular DPS Tool

Weighted blankets are designed to provide deep pressure stimulation by distributing weight evenly across the body. These blankets offer a gentle but firm pressure, creating a sense of being held or hugged. Weighted blankets have gained significant popularity in recent years, with many people turning to them for a variety of reasons:

• Stress Reduction: The pressure from a weighted blanket can help reduce anxiety and stress by calming the nervous system.

• Improved Sleep: Many users report that weighted blankets help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, leading to better sleep quality.

• Calming Sensory Overload: For individuals with sensory processing disorders, weighted blankets can provide a sense of security and help manage overstimulation.

• Support for Autism and ADHD: DPS is used in therapeutic settings to help individuals with autism and ADHD focus and relax.



Bougie Blankets are roughly 5lbs of weight, distributed evenly, so they are considered slightly weighted. Many customers love the weight as it’s not too much, not too little, but just right! If you decide to try a Bougie Blanket, you might find that a little extra weight leads to a lot more comfort and tranquility.

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