Everything you need to know about weighted blankets
What Is a Weighted Blanket?
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What's a Weighted Blanket?
It's pretty simple. It's a heavy blanket weighing 10-20 pounds that provides some amazing benefits.
How does it work?
The heavyweight provides a deep, relaxing pressure that mimics a comfortable hug to promote relaxation, stress relief, reduced anxiety, and better sleep.
Occupational therapists call this DTP (Deep Touch Simulation). It helps to calm people's nervous systems using "grounding," which activates your parasympathetic system and ushers in happy hormones.
Benefits of a Weighted Blanket for Adults
Studies have shown that using a weighted blanket while you sleep helps to reduce movement in the night, which can boost the amount of time you spend in deep, rejuvenating sleep cycles rather than tossing and turning. For those needing a peaceful night's rest, they are a great tool that can provide a little added comfort and support, no matter your sleep needs.
Weighted Blankets for Anxiety
While some enjoy the heaviness of a weighted blanket, weighted blankets have also been used by many occupational therapists for children or adults with autism or sensory processing disorders. Additional benefits also include reducing stress and anxiety.
Adults using a weighted blanket for anxiety have found it is a calming way to treat feelings of unease or insecurity. Since weighted blankets offer deep pressure stimulation, the wearer is provided with the feeling of being hugged or swaddled. For many individuals, this sensation can be comforting and help relieve stress. 63% of participants rated their anxiety lower
In a 2008 study in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 78% of participants preferred using the weighted blanket and 63% of participants rated their anxiety lower with the use of a 30-pound weighted blanket.
There are promising studies related to the benefits of weighted blankets and deep touch pressure. Four out of five say they slept longer and felt better, a 2015 study in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders looked at 31 adults with chronic insomnia.
Four out of five study participants said they liked the weighted blanket. Those in this group slept longer and spent less time awake in the middle of the night while using the weighted blanket, sleep testing showed.
Study participants also said they found it easier to settle down to sleep with the weighted blanket. Plus, they reported getting better sleep and feeling more refreshed the next morning.
Reduces the time it takes to fall asleep
One study looked at 42 children (ages 8 to 13), half of whom had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The children’s sleep was tracked by sleep testing and parent diaries for four weeks.
For kids with ADHD, the weighted blanket reduced the time it took to fall asleep and the number of middle-of-the-night awakenings to a level comparable to children without ADHD.