Weighted blankets (or Gravity Blankets as they’re also known) are a type of bedding designed to provide deep pressure touch stimulation, which has been proven to help alleviate stress and anxiety. The weight of the blanket is typically between 5 and 20 pounds, depending on the weight you choose, which is applied evenly over the entire body, and some heated blankets have a heat-up function, for additional comfort.
The weighted blanket was invented by Dr. Michael Mosely, a British psychotherapist and physician who specialises in anxiety disorders. He found that pressure therapy could be improved with the use of weight to increase its effect on the body and reduce the risk of injury. The first weighted blanket was made in 1984 by his wife, Jean Mosely while she was trying to find a solution for her own chronic pain from arthritis, and the popularity has soared in the last few years.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Weighted Blankets?
Weighted blankets are used by people with ADHD, insomnia, autism and PTSD in order to facilitate relaxation and promote better sleep. They also may be used by individuals with chronic pain in order to reduce pain and improve their quality of life.
A weighted blanket is a blanket that typically weighs 10% – 25% of the person’s body weight. When someone lies under it they would feel pressure on their body in the same way they would feel when being hugged or when they are swaddled as a baby. This pressure has been shown to reduce stress hormones in the body, which in turn helps people sleep better, have less anxiety and less depression.
Like everything, weighted blankets won’t work for everyone. If you have history of sensory processing disorders, you might not enjoy the sensation of using a weighted blanket, but of course, you won’t know until you try. Secondly, consider what your goal is. If it’s to reduce stress and anxiety, then weighted blankets will work for you. But if you’re looking for an alternative way to fall asleep at night, the benefits may not be as noticeable because of their effectiveness in reducing anxiety and insomnia.