Sleep apnea is a widespread problem. Sleep apnea is a cessation of breathing or a reduction of breathing by more than 50% for 10% seconds. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when the airway is temporarily blocked by the tongue or tonsils. A weighted blanket can produce the cessation of sleep apnea by causing several conditions to change.
A) The blanket can increase Oxytocin Production. Oxytocin is the chemical the body releases when you are hugged. Medical studies have shown oxytocin will reduce the occurrence of weighted blanket sleep apnea.
B) The blanket can reduce Cortisol levels. High cortisol causes your muscles to restrict which indicate high stress levels. The weight will cause you to relax, reducing cortisol.
C) The weight reduces your heart rate, causing you to calm down and get into sleep mode.
D) If you suffer from restless leg syndrome the presence of the weighted blanket over your body will reduce the occurrence of those symptoms.