What is Weighted Blanket Therapy?

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Weighted blanket therapy works wonders, and it’s time people start seeing them for their value.

Weighted blanket therapy is a type of therapy that uses the pressure of a weighted blanket to provide a calming and relaxing effect. The weight of the blanket affords deep pressure stimulation, which is beneficial for people with anxiety, autism, ADHD, and other conditions.

Weighted blankets are usually made of heavy fabric such as canvas or denim, filled with pellets or beads that add weight. The blanket’s weight is uniformly distributed across the surface, so it feels like you are being hugged or held. In addition, the weighted blanket’s deep pressure stimulation can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

Some scientific evidence supports the use of weighted blanket therapy  for anxiety and insomnia. For example, one research found that people who used weighted blankets reported feeling less anxious and sleepier than those who did not use weighted blankets. Another study revealed that people who used weighted blankets had better sleep quality and less anxiety than those who failed to use weighted blankets.

How Is a Weighted Blanket Made?

Weighted blankets are made by adding weight to a blanket. The weight is usually added in the form of pellets or beads evenly distributed across the surface of the blanket. The weighted blanket is then covered with a heavy fabric such as canvas or denim.

The weight of the blanket can vary depending on the needs of the person using it. Blankets typically range in weight from 5 to 30 pounds (2.3 to 13.6 kilograms).

How Do I Use a Weighted Blanket?

Weighted blankets can be used in many ways. Some people use them while sleeping, while others use them during the day for relaxation or anxiety relief.

Consider these tips for using a weighted blanket:

Start with a lightweight. If you are new to using a weighted blanket, start with a lighter weight. You may gradually increase the weight of the blanket as you become more comfortable with it.

Wash the blanket before use. Weighted blankets should be washed before use to remove any dust or dirt on the surface.

Place the blanket on top of a sheet. Place the weighted blanket on top of a sheet so it does not slide around during use.

Use for short periods at first. When using a weighted blanket, only use it for short periods (30 minutes to an hour). You can gradually increase the time you use the blanket as you become more comfortable with it.

What Are the Established Perks of Weighted Blanket Therapy?

There are many potential benefits of weighted blanket therapy. Some of the most well-supported benefits include:

Reduced anxiety. Weighted blankets can provide a calming and relaxing effect that can help to reduce anxiety.

We have improved sleep quality. For example, the deep pressure stimulation from a weighted blanket can help to improve sleep quality by promoting more profound and longer sleep.

Pain relief. The deep pressure stimulation from a weighted blanket can help to relieve pain, including headaches, muscle aches, and arthritis pain.