A weighted blanket is a therapy type of covering used when sleeping. The blanket is made with plastic pellets to add weight to the blanket which varies based on one’s personal body weight.
Benefits of Sleeping with a Weighted Blanket
Reduces anxiety induced insomnia
Anxiety causes the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. High levels of cortisol hormones disrupts sleep causing insomnia. The weighted blanket stimulates production of dopamine which suppresses the cortisol levels, reducing insomnia.
Melatonin increases with deep touch pressure exerted by weighted blankets.
This promotes sleep.
Suppress attention disorders
Attention disorders like ADHD and ADD can be suppressed using weighted blankets. Weighted blankets give one the feeling of security, reducing the anxiety which helps in focusing on the task at hand.
From a blanket designed to help in sensory disorders, the weighted blanket has worked wonders in helping those with other various issues.