How Weighted Blankets Boost Oxytocin Levels

How Weighted Blankets Boost Oxytocin Levels

Posted by Jocelynn D'Emilio on May 16th 2024

Weighted blankets have recently gained mainstream popularity for their numerous health benefits. Many have learned that they aid in improving sleep quality, ease stress and anxiety, and can help those with Autism. But did you know that using a weighted blanket can also increase your oxytocin levels, often referred to as the "love hormone"? Let's dive into the science behind this phenomenon.

Understanding Oxytocin and Its Role

Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter produced in the brain's hypothalamus. It plays a crucial role in social bonding, childbirth, and lactation. Often dubbed the "love hormone" or "cuddle hormone," oxytocin is released in response to touch, positive social interactions, and moments of intimacy. It helps foster the feeling of trust, empathy, and connection with others while also reducing stress and anxiety levels.

The Weighted Blanket Connection

So, how do weighted blankets come into play? Research suggests that the deep pressure stimulation provided by weighted blankets triggers the release of oxytocin in the brain. This gentle pressure mimics the sensation of being hugged or held, think a baby in a swaddle, causing a calming effect on the nervous system.

The Calming Effect of Deep Touch Pressure

Deep touch pressure (DTP) has been shown to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's rest response. When DTP is applied through the use of a weighted blanket, it can help lower heart rate, reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and promote feelings of calmness and security.

Experience the Benefits with Kawaii Blankets

At Kawaii Blankets, we understand the importance of quality sleep and relaxation. Our breathable knitted weighted blankets are designed to provide the perfect balance of comfort and tranquility. Made with high-quality materials each blanket offers gentle, even pressure to help you unwind.

Elevate Your Sleep Experience

Ready to experience the soothing benefits of a weighted blanket and boost your oxytocin levels? Take the first step towards better sleep with Kawaii Blankets. Browse our BFF Collection today and find the perfect weighted blanket to suit your needs.


Weighted blankets offer a simple yet effective way to unwind, reduce anxiety, and promote feelings of calmness and security. By harnessing the power of deep touch pressure, these blankets can also boost oxytocin levels, enhancing our sense of connection and well-being in a 100% natural way! Invest in your sleep and relaxation with a weighted blanket from Kawaii Blankets – your ticket to a more restful and rejuvenating experience.

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