Those who struggle with disorders such as insomnia and anxiety are often reluctant to try medication to help with it. Either they are reluctant, or medication does not to seem help in anyway. Weighted blankets are shown to help with managing these disorders.
Adults, teenagers, and children can all benefit from a weighted blanket. A weighted blanket is a regular duvet cover that is stuffed with filling that is evenly distributed and can range from 20-30 pounds. Weighted blankets have been described as a safe and effective therapy for people who struggle with anxiety and insomnia.
They are also known to be helpful for people with special needs.
Weighted blankets help those who struggle with insomnia greatly. Weighted therapy can help increase the levels of serotonin and melatonin at night and help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The blanket offers what is known as “deep pressure touch stimulation”, which has a soothing effect on people’s minds.
The blanket mimics a hug, in a way that helps people feel much calmer and at ease. When people hug one another, it releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps reduce blood pressure, slows down the heart, and provides the feeling of relaxation.
Weighted blankets were originally developed for people diagnosed with autism, but they also help those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, nervous system disorders, and sleep disorders.
Weighted blankets are known to be on the more expensive side, ranging from $80-$150, but the benefits heavily outweigh the cost. You can purchase them on Amazon or certain websites dedicated to only weighted blankets.