Throw some weight on it.

How can weight improve my recovery?

We’re all accustomed to using weight to make our bodies stronger, more explosive and less prone to injury. Unfortunately, too few of us appreciate how weight can be used to supercharge recovery. 

Properly-designed weighted recovery tools create Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS), otherwise known as Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) or Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT). These acronyms all refer to a process that uses weight to catalyze recovery by naturally calibrating our autonomic nervous performance and releasing stress-reducing hormones. 

Okay, let’s break that down.

In short, weight = DPS = better recovery. There’s two main process at work:

  • Optimizing the nervous system

    • Decreasing our “fight or flight” response.

      DPS decreases activity in the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “fight or flight” response of our bodies and minds. With a good weighted tool, your body knows it can relax and that its adrenaline can be saved for another time (e.g., your next workout).

    • Increasing our recovery ability.

      DPS increases activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates involuntary functions like heart rate, blood pressure and the digestive tract. Weighted tools therefore help your body better manage the recovery process and allocate resources to where you need it most.

  • Calibrating hormone production

    • Increasing serotonin

      Serotonin is the hormone that makes us feel good. When we get comfortable and feel safe it’s because there’s serotonin in our system, which makes it an incredibly powerful compound to help us fall asleep. But it doesn’t stop there—increased serotonin levels also drive non-REM sleep, the period of the rest where your body and mind are doing the most restorative work. Lastly, serotonin is a precursor to melatonin production, which is the hormone that controls our wake-sleep cycles (see more below). Weighted sleep tools are deeply effective in boosting serotonin levels across its many applications.

    • Increasing melatonin

      Melatonin is the hormone that controls our circadian rhythm, otherwise known as our wake-sleep cycles. Melatonin levels decrease during hours with sunlight, allowing us to stay alert. When our environment becomes darker, melatonin production increases and signals our body to prepare for sleep. Weight, particularly over the eyes, can help maximize melatonin production.

    • Increasing oxytocin

      In some cases, DPS increases production of oxytocin, another feel-good hormone. Oxytocin is often associated with love and human connection—it’s often produced when you hug a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. Under weighted recovery tools that “hug” your body, it’s no wonder that oxytocin levels may rise and help you feel comfortable in your environment. 

    • Decreasing cortisol

      Cortisol is the anxiety hormone. Driven by the sympathetic nervous system, cortisol is the chemical that functionally activates the “fight or flight” response that’s triggered when you’re in a stressful situation. As previously mentioned, weighted tools subdue the sympathetic nervous system and therefore decrease stress-inducing cortisol.

How can Rooster help?

Rooster weighted sleep tools catalyze your body’s natural recovery processes like none other:

  • Maximizing nervous system engagement

    Together, the Head and Lockdown blankets create 3,096 square inches of coverage for full-body nervous system engagement, maximizing DPS benefits from head to toe.

  • Maximizing hormone calibration

    Combined they create 23 lbs of all-natural cotton, a crystal-clear signal to your body that it’s time to relax, unwind and begin the recovery process. Further, the darkness created by the Head Blanket increases melatonin production and helps you fall asleep faster.

  • Maintaining temperature control and comfort

    Rooster’s breathable, all-natural cotton knit design keeps your body temperature low, avoiding the plastics or fillers used by other weighted products.

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