Stress and anxiety affect millions of people worldwide every day. People are trying everything to deal with it – and now they are saying that weighted blankets can help people with anxiety. How can something as simple as sleeping with weighted blankets be a solution to stress, insomnia, anxiety, and much more? Is that just a big lie?
I tested it out for a week to see if I will feel any better. And it really helped. I now sleep much better than before and feel good.
How does weighted blankets work?
Clinical studies suggest that when certain pressure points on the body are stimulated by touch, the brain releases serotonin. Serotonin is important because it regulates various brain functions, such as sleep and mood.
Sleeping with a weighted blanket is a type of deep pressure stimulation therapy, a therapy which almost anyone can benefit from. Weighted blankets are like big warm hugs and their pressure helps relax the nervous system. The deep pressure of the weight furnishes a sense of security that lots of people suffering from anxiety need, unlike a regular blanket. Weighted blankets are perfect for anyone looking to try out a non-drug therapy that is both safe and effective. What can you lose?
Weighted blankets – which are typically weighted with plastic poly pellets that are sewn into compartments throughout the blanket to keep the weight properly distributed – have been traditionally used by therapists to help children with sensory disorders, anxiety, or even issues related to autism. Research continues to support this practice.
The weight of the blanket for adults should be around 15 to 30 pounds. Seeking the guidance of a doctor or occupational therapist before buying them is a good idea. There are many websites you can purchase them from. You can pick from different weights, fabrics, colors, and sizes. You can even make your own as well.