Do you struggle with anxiety? Does it affect the quality of your sleep? If so, a weighted blanket might be of assistance. In addition to promises of improving sleep habits, weighted blankets are also being touted for their ability to help relieve anxiety and stress. Research has shown these blankets may be of benefit to people with anxiety, autism, insomnia, and a number of other conditions.
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Even though weighted blankets are a recent mainstream trend, they’ve actually long been used for as a therapeutic tool for individuals with autism. What’s new is that they’ve now been introduced as a sleep aid for the general public. Not surprisingly, when this happened, many companies began jumping on board to create their own weighted blankets. They are now widely accessible in stores and online for a range of different prices, anywhere from less than $100 to $300.
Weighted blankets work by stimulating deep pressure touch (DPT), a well known therapeutic technique to relieve stress. These blankets are weighed down with small objects such as pellets, discs, or beads, providing a warm sensation of being gently hugged. This hugging sensation works to calm and settle the nervous system which provides many different benefits, such as reduce anxiety, improve mood, and lessen pain. If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety or poor sleeping habits, here are the top weighted blankets to help with anxiety.
Benefits of Weighted Blankets
Since weighted blankets have become so mainstream, there’s an overwhelming amount of options out there and they all vary in material, size, weight, and price. It’s important to take the time to do some research and find the blanket that will benefit you. While most weighted blankets provide a range of different benefits, you may want to purchase one that specifically targets your needs, such as anxiety.
As we mentioned earlier, most of the benefits of weighted blankets come from the deep pressure stimulation which has shown to:
- Relieve pain
- Lessen anxiety
- Ease stress
- Improve mood
- Relieve symptoms of sleep conditions
- Limit movement
- May increase serotonin
Weighted blankets have also been used in addition to treatments like massage therapy and support animals.