According to an Idealist4ever.com article, weighted blankets are proven sleep aids for all sleepers, especially to those with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and most types of anxiety.
Weighted blankets help with PTSD and anxiety because the weight operates as a form of deep touch therapy. This deep pressure triggers receptors much like those triggered when swaddling a baby.
According to clinical studies, stimulating these receptors releases serotonin – “the calming chemical” – which helps the body relax and feel safe.
Through this relaxing effect, the deep pressure therapy of weighted blankets alleviates anxiety. In turn, this helps with depression, trauma, and paranoia as well as other conditions related to anxiety and PTSD.
Weighted blankets can also help people with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, bi-polar neurological problems, sleep disorders, and cerebral palsy.
If interested in weighted blankets, talk to a doctor or occupational therapist. Most adults should use blankets weighing between 15 and 30 pounds. People with respiratory and circulatory conditions are advised not to use these items.