20 Benefits of Weighted blankets

1. Soothes Anxiety

One of the more common uses for a weighted blanket is to soothe anxiety. While a weighted blanket can be used during the day, many people find it's most effectively used at night to quell the effects of sleep anxiety. Studies show weighted blankets provide both physiological and psychological benefits.

2. Creates a Calming Effect

People who use a weighted blanket often report a calming modality and for this reason, it’s often used for people who are stressed or who have a disorder that makes them hyperactive. The blankets have been helpful for calming everyone from college students to animals!

3. Improves Daytime Social Interactions

Weighted blankets have been found to improve social interactions during the day for users, mainly because they are able to get restful sleep the night before.When a person isn’t able to get a good night’s sleep, it impacts every aspect of their life, including social interaction and performance in other areas. When a person gets their sleep back, they often get their life back too.

4. Eases Insomnia

As we’ve mentioned, weighted blankets are helpful when it comes to inducing sleep and improving sleep quality. For this reason, many people with insomnia find weighted blankets helpful. Studies show the use of a weighted blanket increases sleep time, decreases movements and improves sleep.

5. Increases Serotonin

Serotonin impacts the sleep-wake cycle by regulating the sleep stages and impacting the depth of sleep. Deep pressure touch has been shown to stimulate the release of serotonin, helping the user sleep more peacefully and soundly.An illustration showing a closeup of a serotonin molecule in the brain.

6. Treats PTSD

Weighted blankets have been successful in treating some of the negative symptoms of PTSD by relaxing the nervous system. This can help patients with trauma relax, feel more grounded and safe.

7. Decreases Nervous System Activity

When the autonomic nervous system is overactive, it can lead to anxiety, hyperactivity and a slew of other issues. Weighted blankets can de-active the nervous system and put it into "rest mode," mitigating the effects of these conditions.

8. Reduces Nighttime Movement

Having a weighted blanket on top of the body while sleeping can help reduce movement throughout the night. Studies back up this claim — the ‘cocooning’ provided by a weighted blanket can reduce movements during the night, leading to a more restful sleep.An illustration showing where a weighted blanket rests on pressure points on the legs to reduce movement.

9. Eases Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes involuntary and rapid movement of the legs. This tends to happen when the person affected is trying to fall asleep. It’s been noted that applying pressure to the extremity of the legs for a significant amount of time can decrease symptoms of RLS.

10. Helps With Fibromyalgia

Users with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia have found comfort from the use of a weighted blanket. The blanket can help ease symptoms while helping to break the cycle of anxiety and depression that often accompanies the illness.

11. Reduces Heart Rate

Touch therapy has been found to decrease heart rate. A weighted blanket simulates touch therapy, providing similar benefits. The calming, grounding effect can be helpful to stop symptoms of anxiety or other illnesses that induce a quickened heart rate.

12. Increases Focus in the Classroom

Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have found DPS to be very helpful. Participants in one study found that when they wore a weighted vest, task completion improved, as did attention to the task and overall behaviour.

13. Lowers the Incidence of Seizures

Not all individuals who use a weighted blanket will report the same benefits, but potential positive effects include reduced incidence of seizures. DPS has positive impacts on the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to experience an overall sense of wellbeing.

14. Improves Communicativeness

Another observed benefit of DPS includes increased communicativeness, particularly in children on the autistic spectrum. The feeling of safety and grounding may have something to do with this benefit.

15. Soothes Panic Disorder

Heavy blankets and vests have been shown to decrease panic attacks and prevent crisis states in people of all ages. This allows them to lead more normal lives, get better sleep and improve in many other areas.

16. Increases Feelings of Security

Weighted blankets, especially when wrapped around the body to create a swaddling effect, have demonstrated increased feelings of security. This feeling can help generally with better sleep and even help with sleep anxiety.

17. Can Ease Alzheimer's Symptoms

One common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is depression, affecting between 5 and 20 percent of patients. Fear and fatigue can manifest when people with Alzheimer’s try to make sense out of the world and aren’t able to. A weighted blanket has been shown to decrease these feelings of depression and anxiety in some cases.

18. Helps Manage OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been linked to low serotonin levels and as we cited earlier, a weighted blanket can help increase the release of serotonin in the body. The use of a weighted vest during the day can help, but during the night a weighted blanket is best.

19. Eases Symptoms of Autism

Another common use of weighted blankets is to lessen negative symptoms for those with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies show that touch therapy can relieve ailments like muscle spasms and social anxiety. A weighted blanket may provide similar effects.

20. Calms People With Sensory Disorders

Many parents of children with sensory disorders find that weighted blankets are a good tool to have on hand. This is because of the feeling of comfort and security they provide. The therapeutic relief of a weighted blanket can also extend to those with other developmental disorders.