The advertisements for weighted blankets on social media are more present in social media nowadays. They are heavier than standard blankets, weighing between 4 to 30 pounds and they are usually filled with natural materials like buckwheat, hypo-allergenic fillers, and hemp.
They are designed to replicate a form of deep touch pressure therapy (DTP), which is much more than a comfort.
This blanket is applied in the therapy that treats sensory processing disorders like depression, ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and dementia.
Sensory overload is associated with several other health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fibromyalgia, depression, chronic stress, anxiety, irregular sleeping patterns, and restlessness.
The weight of these blankets is about 10% of the body weight, and are designed to soothe the nervous system by simulating a feeling of being hugged or held.
Irina Zhdanova, MD, Ph.D., CEO of ClockCoach explains that being hugged is a very powerful stimulus because it gives a feeling of security. Additionally, weighted blankets offer mild limitation, because when they are used it is harder to move.
The experience of using weighted blankets shows best results in treating children with disorders like autism and ADHD. According to SensaCalm fibromyalgia has sometimes been called a “silent disease” because so many sufferers fail to get a diagnosis, and this condition extremely affects women.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, idiopathic pain (at least 11 out of 18 pain points) that can weaken the body. However, even the best drugs that are used for helping patients to manage their symptoms are not curing fibromyalgia.
The blankets are highly beneficial in the case of various health issues, including:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Restless Sleep
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Bipolar Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brain trauma and injuries (PTSD)
- Aggressive behaviors
- ADD / ADHD
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Tourette’s Syndrome
The following chart can be used to choose a suitable weight blanket according to body weight.
We strongly recommend you to get one as soon as possible and naturally treat your health problems while sleeping!
Source: The Hearty Soul