by Lynne Beernaert November 11, 2020
For many people, weighted blankets have become a routine part of stress relief and healthy sleep habits, and for good reason. Research suggests weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety, autism, and insomnia, among other conditions.
Let’s explore how weighted blankets work as well as the benefits and risks of using these therapeutic blankets.
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 5 to 30 pounds. The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation.
Deep pressure stimulation uses hands-on pressure to relax the nervous system. Doing so may help:
Deep pressure stimulation doesn’t have to be completely hands on. With weighted blankets, the same pressure comes from having the blanket wrapped around the body.
Researchers have studied weighted blankets’ effectiveness for various conditions. Although more research is needed, results have so far indicated the following benefits:
One of the symptoms of autism, especially in children, is trouble sleeping. In a crossover study from 2014, researchers investigated the effectiveness of weighted blankets for sleep issues related to autism. The results found there was little improvement in sleep scores from the use of the weighted blanket.
However, both the children and their parents noted they liked the weighted blanket more, despite the lack of improvement. This is supported by a smaller study that found the positive benefits of deep pressure therapy in some people with autism. These benefits may extend to weighted blankets as well.
Here is one of my customer's experiences:
"It was the first time in a long while I have been able to sleep on my back without awakening several times during the night." ~ C A M, USAF Retired, Disabled American Veteran
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