Benefits of weighted blankets:
Recreates a Hug
What’s better than being enfolded in a big, warm bear hug? Babies definitely know what’s up. Most infants respond positively to being swaddled, cuddled and rocked. When a child is hurt, one of their first actions is usually to run toward a parent in search of a hug.
Until you’ve experienced insomnia, it’s easy to dismiss it as a mere bump in an otherwise smooth road of easy sleep.
It’s safe to say anyone with this attitude has never truly experienced insomnia. If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who suffers from the condition, you know exactly how Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club felt. (He was so exhausted he literally hallucinated through the entire movie. He also punched himself.)
Helps with Sensory Processing Disorder
Researchers have described sensory processing disorder as a “traffic jam” in your brain. Information gets in, but it somehow gets jumbled and clogged up along the way. This can lead to anxiety and meltdowns. Sensory processing disorder can be especially challenging for young kids, who don’t always have the emotional maturity to verbalize how they’re feeling.
Anxiety is unfortunately quite common, and about 40 million people in the U.S. have some form of it. There are several ways to deal with anxiety, including identifying your triggers, setting aside designated “worry times” throughout the week and using a weighted blanket.
Helps Reduce Stress
Stress happens to everyone, and you don’t have to have a chronic stress problem to feel the negative side effects. Whether it’s a bad day at work, an argument with your spouse or an avalanche of bills, stress can do a number on your mental and physical health.
Aids in Focusing for ADHD
One of the most common hallmarks of attention-deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD) is a lack of focus. This can be a problem for both children and adults. Whereas some people with ADHD have trouble completing a task, others are inclined to impulsiveness and restlessness.
Eases Symptoms of RLS
Patients with restless leg syndrome often describe it as a tingling or “creepy crawly” feeling in their legs. Because symptoms tend to happen more frequently at night, it can lead to insomnia and unsatisfying sleep. Traveling in a car or riding in an airplane can be a nightmare when you have an overwhelming urge to constantly move your legs.
Improves Sleep Quality
Not everyone who experiences bad sleep has insomnia. Sometimes, fatigue is simply the result of poor sleep quality. While it’s important to get the right amount of sleep, it’s also important to make sure the sleep you get is truly restful and restorative. Some experts refer to sleep quality as sleep hygiene.
When you feel down, it can sometimes seem like you’ll never feel “normal” or happy again. While it’s normal to feel grouchy or irritable, researchers know that some bouts of sadness are caused by chemical changes in the brain. For example, if your brain isn’t producing enough serotonin, it could actually impact your emotional health.
Have you ever had a day that just refused to go right? The kind of day where you get stuck in traffic on the way to work, spill coffee all over yourself at your desk and then come home to a dishwasher that leaked all over the floor?
Encourages Focus in the Classroom
If your child has autism or sensory processing disorder, you know that school can often pose a range of challenges. Classrooms and hallways can be noisy, filled with bright colors and overall distracting. For children with sensory challenges, school can be overwhelming, frustrating and a trigger for meltdowns.
Eases Pain without Drugs
Understandably, many people prefer to treat pain without drugs. If you’re tired of reaching for over-the-counter painkillers, or you take other medications that make it unsafe for you to use pain relievers, a weighted blanket is a 100% natural alternative to prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Eases Travel Anxiety
Travel is supposed to be fun and exciting, but it can also lead to anxiety and stress. Some people have trouble with small, confined spaces like airplanes and cars. For other people, the hustle and bustle of the airport or train station can be overwhelming. And there are also people who simply dislike being outside their comfort zone.
Helps the Elderly
There are many ways weighted blankets may benefit the elderly. As we age, we’re at an increased risk of suffering chronic insomnia, which can lead to a host of health problems.
Older people also tend to experience higher rates of anxiety, stress and depression. It’s often common for the elderly to suffer changes in their sleep-wake cycle. If you have an older loved one, you may have noticed they tend to stay up very late at night and sleep in short stretches.
Addresses Symptoms of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is most closely associated with veterans who have experienced combat. However, PTSD can affect anyone who has suffered through a traumatic or stressful event.
Decreases Anxiety in Pets
Does your pup struggle with loud noises? Is your dog an emotional wreck every time an ambulance passes the house, or the neighbors decide that 10 p.m. is a perfect time for setting off fireworks?
Soothes Symptoms of Panic Disorder
Panic disorders can literally stop life in its tracks. Worse, many people with panic disorder don’t know when an attack will strike. For others, stressful events seem to make them more susceptible to experiencing a panic attack.
Helps Manage OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects about 1 in 40 adults and is characterized by persistent, obsessive thoughts and behaviors.
The disorder can cause a large range of symptoms and behaviors, and it tends to look a little bit different for everyone. While many people think of OCD as a strong aversion to germs — and this can certainly be a form of OCD — the reality is the disorder is much broader than how people normally think of it.
Manages Autism Symptoms
There is no cure for autism, but researchers have found it’s possible to manage the symptoms through a variety of treatments and therapies. According to Harvard researchers, “one therapy that has mounting evidence of support is massage or touch therapy.” In studies, autism patients responded most favorably to gentler, slower touch.