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What could it be about being under a heavy blanket that makes everyone feel less anxious and therefore more relaxed? It's all about the feeling of deep pressure touch. Deep Pressure Touch can come in many forms, including swaddling (for infants), massage, hugs and pressure applied equally to the body. This has been shown to decrease cortisol, the hormone that our bodies generate when stressed, and increase the dopamine, serotonin and melatonin hormones that encourage relaxation, to stabilize our mood, and to communicate to our brains that it must be time to relax.