Weighted blanket therapy has been around for quite a while now. The calming and grounding effect of gentle and evenly distributed weight on the body is well documented and weighted blankets are now being recommended for a wide range of conditions and disorders in both adults and children. Here are just some of the benefits of using a weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets can help you to fall asleep and stay asleep for longer. Weighted blankets help to increase serotonin in the body which helps to regulate mood and encourage relaxation. Serotonin also helps to create melatonin which is a chemical that tells your body when to sleep. The weight of a heavy blanket affects the nervous system causing a calming effect which can be very helpful for those who find it hard to sleep due to anxiety.
Being wrapped in a weighted blanket is like having a warm comforting hug this provides a sense of security and calmness allowing the body and mind to relax while feeling secure, grounded and safe.
Reduces or Prevents Meltdowns
Meltdowns can be reduced in severity and duration or even prevented altogether using a weighted blanket. The calming hug like effect can help deal with overload and help wind down a meltdown before it takes hold. Some children will take themselves under their weighted blanket when they start to feel overwhelmed.
Increases Serotonin Production
Serotonin is known as the happy hormone and it affects mood and behaviour, lack of serotonin can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia. Weighted blankets providing firm but gentle pressure on the body helps the body to increase serotonin production.
Increases Melatonin Production
Melatonin is known as the sleep hormone, it eases insomnia and induces sleep.