Weighted Blankets 101: The Science
Stress. Anxiety. Insomnia.
Millions of people around the world suffer from stress and anxiety, and in the United States, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults. Instead of turning to prescription drugs as a remedy, sufferers can try a less invasive solution: weighted blankets.
The act of sleeping with a weighted blanket encourages Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation (DTPS). DTPS can mimic the feeling of being hugged, swaddled or cradled.
According to a 2009 study by Temple Grandin, Ph.D in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, DTPS has a calming effect in children with autism and ADHD, and a similar relaxing effect in adults without a medical diagnosis.
Deep pressure encourages the production of serotonin, a hormone involved in elevating mood. Serotonin is also a precursor to melatonin, a hormone responsible in the regulation of sleep. In other words, deep pressure therapy can play a positive role to help with both mood and sleep.
How are weighted blankets made? The most common form involves the use of glass or plastic poly pellets. They resemble grains of sand and are sewn into the blanket within stitched rectangular pockets. This allows the weight to remain evenly distributed, even when the blanket is being folded, tossed or flipped over.
You can purchase a premium-grade therapeutic weighted blanket here.