Weighted Blankets? Do they really work?
You’ve no doubt heard of those weighted blankets that some people are using these days…maybe you even have one. They are said to provide similar benefits to deep pressure therapy, and help those with autism, ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia. But do they really? A big yes to that, according to a new study. Swedish researchers found that 42% of weighted blanket users see their insomnia go into remission after 4 weeks, and 78% were cured within a year. But how? The thinking is that the weight in these blankets mimics the sensation of being held and touched. That effect calms the nerves and helps the body to relax, resulting in a better sleep. The study also found that weighted blankets can reduce depression and anxiety, probably for the same reasons.
My blanket is only weighted because it’s impossible to move my dog off it!
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