A weighted blanket is used to give additional support to the elderly or those who suffer from arthritis. They are designed for this purpose, not to make them feel better, but improve their health and comfort. They provide support by evenly distributing the weight of the body across their span. This helps with flexibility, muscle and joint movement and posture.
How does a weighted blanket work? The process of how they work is quite simple. They work by exerting pressure on certain points of the body that can be controlled through the brain. They do this by providing slight pressure over the soft tissue. Some even have additional layers of plastic or glass beads to add to their weight making them even more comfortable. The act of pressing various pressure points during sleep or when being active can increase blood flow, lower high blood pressure and increase serotonin production, which has been shown to help reduce depression and induce sleep.
In the study conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that the use of a weighted blanket had a positive impact on sleep. Sleep improvements were particularly noticeable for those participants who experienced chronic insomnia. The increase in serotonin levels was also found to correspond with fewer signs of anxiety or depression. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the use of a weighted blanket caused people to become happier or less stressed, but it did show that they could sleep better and be less anxious or depressed.
In addition to showing an improvement in sleep patterns, researchers noticed other associated symptoms such as improved mood and increased coping skills. More specifically, researchers noticed that depressive symptoms and signs of anxiety were reduced during the week that participants used them. They also noted that depressive symptoms and signs of anxiety were reduced during the week that participants used them. In addition, researchers noted that emotional symptoms such as sadness and guilt were reduced during the same time.
Research has shown that there are links between sleep disorders and ADHD. The use of a weighted blanket may be able to improve sleep patterns and behavior related to ADHD. As noted above, many people suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia. In the past, there have been few treatment options available for people with ADHD who cannot seem to get a good night’s sleep. Using blankets may provide a novel approach to treating the symptoms of ADHD associated with insomnia.
A separate study published by British researchers involved two groups of children. One group of children participated in a sleep study, while another group did not. After four months, the sleep study group that used weighted blankets had significantly fewer signs of anxiety and depression.
This study was led by neurosurgeons who specialize in sleep disorders. According to the Neurocritical Emotional Syndrome Association, using weighted blankets can help reduce symptoms of ADHD and other disorders related to anxiety and depression. They said that the deep pressure stimulation could reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity while improving focus and attention span. This could help prevent substance abuse and possible developmental problems.
Many young children suffer from jumping, rumination, and sleep walking. These problems can cause children to feel awake and irritable when they get home from school. Some experts believe that these problems are caused by physical stimuli from the stimulant medications given to kids for school. The British research suggests that a weighted blanket might help reduce these symptoms. Wearing the blanket outside of the home, or placing it under a child’s pillow before bed can help reduce the sensations a young child feels when coming back from school.