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You’ve probably heard of weighted blankets but what are they and most importantly – do they even work?! What benefits do they have that will help kids, mommies and daddies sleep better? Keep on reading and find out 6 ways weighted blankets can help you sleep better and also what we think are the best weighted blankets for kids and adults this year!
How Weighted Blankets Came to Be
Before weighted blankets filled the Instagram feeds of our favorite influencers and hogged the pages of fitness magazines they were primarily used to treat kids and adults suffering from a wide range of illnesses like anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficiency disorder(ADHD.) The weight and overall features of weighted blankets helped soothe and relieve patients due to the impressive wide range of materials they are made from like cotton, poly pellets, plastic beads and glass.
Six Benefits of Weighted Blankets
1. Help people suffering from sensory processing disorders.
Weighted blankets were initially made to relieve patients suffering from autism spectrum disorder, a sensory processing disorder. Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are disorders characterized by the inability to correctly receive and respond to stimuli. Autism in particular is a condition that affects 1 in 59 kids in the US. Patients suffering from this disorder often have difficulty sleeping so scientists invented weight blankets with a built-in touch pressure therapy that helps soothe these disorders by simply creating a gentle and welcoming feeling to those that use it.
2. Improve Focus
When one has too many thoughts, it can be hard to sleep at night. This is unavoidable these days because kids and adults go through many difficult things on a daily basis. When you’re having second thoughts about a school project or a presentation for work it might be best to have a weighted blanket at your disposal. A weighted blanket not only makes you more comfortable but also gives you a sense of security in this stressful world we call life.
3. Fight Insomnia
Insomnia is another sleep disorder that weighted blankets help relieve. Weighted blankets help improve the overall sleeping condition of people suffering from insomnia by soothing their extremities which makes it easier to doze off. With insomnia out of the way, patients can finally have a better sleep cycle and a healthier lifestyle.
4. Pain and Stress Relief
Dad’s weight gain and mom’s irritability all have one thing in common-stress. That’s right, stress not only shows on our face, it can seep through and affect our bodily functions as well. If you’re not the type of person that uses sleeping pills or anything of the sort, then a weighted blanket is your best alternative since the touch pressure therapy in weighted blankets also soothes those who are stressed.
5. Ease Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety is a condition characterized by an increased alertness and fear while depression on the other hand is where a person’s way of thinking, feeling, and acting is negatively affected. These two conditions are common maladies experienced by both kids and adults. The number of people that experience these are constantly growing in number day by day. A great way to cope with anxiety and depression is by using a weighted blanket at night as it provides a comforting feeling and boosts your serotonin- a.k.a. happiness levels.
6. Increased Serotonin Levels
An increase in serotonin not only helps lower the chances of anxiety and depression but promotes a healthier sleep cycle. It also means that a person has a more positive outlook on life and with this kind of mindset, a person is bound to be enjoying life more with less worries thus sleep better.