Recent research has shown that weighted blanket therapy has far wider reaching potential when it comes to treatments than previously believed. Originally used as a tool in the support and treatment for those with sensory processing disorders and Autism, studies are now showing that weighted blanket therapy is beneficial for a much larger segment of the population than previously believed.
Researchers now believe that weighted blankets can be beneficial for a variety of things ranging from Insomnia to Anxiety and stress relief. A study published in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health showed that the use of weighted blankets in adults not only was able to lower their anxiety (reported by over 63% of participants) but also lower a variety of physiological data points including blood pressure, pulse rate, and pulse oximetry. Additionally, over 75% of participants reported an overall, positive calming effect from the blanket. This opens door to a variety of new treatment options for people suffering from PTSD, anxiety disorders, and a wide variety of other ailments without the use of costly treatments and drugs.
In addition to the study featured in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, another study was published in the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering which also showed that the effects of “Deep Touch Therapy” provided by weighted blankets. This study showed that weighted blanket therapy positively affected a number of key health markers including heart rate and blood pressure. Similar to the previous study the patients in the latest trial reported substantially decreased stress levels following the use of the blankets.
It is believed these results are likely due to the fact that weighted blanket therapy has the ability to increase the bodies natural ability to produce hormones such as serotonin and melatonin. Both of these hormones have been correlated with increasing relaxation, promoting deeper sleep, and supporting an overall calming effect on the body.
These findings open up a large number of new use cases for weighted blankets not only with serious medical conditions but also for users in the general population who are looking for an all-natural, safe way to decrease stress and positively affect their overall health. Users of weighted blankets have touted such benefits for a while however these recent studies are starting to confirm these claims with scientific evidence.
These findings have also resulted in a large amount of consumer-facing premium weighted blanket companies to come to market over the last couple years as the consumer demand has seemingly skyrocketed in correlation with these findings. It’s recommended for general use consumers choose a weighted blanket that weighs roughly 10-15% of their overall bodyweight for the best results.
About SleepForce Blankets
Sleepforce Blankets is one of the premier manufacturer and distributor of premium weighted blankets for children and adults. SleepForce Blankets is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently sells weighted blankets to consumers around the world. To learn more about weighted blanket therapy be sure to check out the science section on the SleepForce Blankets website.
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