What are weighted blankets used for?

The 2008 study on the effects of weighted blankets used with adults found that a high percentage of  people said they had decreased anxiety and felt more relaxed.

Following this study a survey was conducted of over 300 occupational therapists.  The outcome was that weighted blankets helped to improve conditions for people dealing with the following:

  1. Sensory processing disorder (SPD)
  2. Autism
  3. Stress and anxiety
  4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  5. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  6. Chronic Pain
  7. Major mental illness
  8. Insomnia
  9. Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  10. Alzheimer’s and dementia
  11. Chemotherapy
  12. Post-surgery
  13. Motor agitation
  14. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  15. Cerebral palsy
  16. Substance and Alcohol detoxing
  17. Rett syndrome
  18. Multiple sclerosis
  19. Apraxia
  20. Fibromyalgia

Weighted blanket help people to different degrees.  The first time that I tried a weighted blanket I felt the results straight away. I felt like my muscles were melting.  It made me feel calm,very relaxed and sleepy.  My anxiety started to go down and I could feel my brain slow down from mental chatter.  It was a lovely safe feeling.

Weighted blankets are so effective that a growing number of hospitals and schools are using them.  I will try to shed a little light on how they work in condition specific posts.

 

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