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How do weighted blankets work?

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The theory is that the pressure of the weight can:

  • Calm your nerves by lowering your heart rate
  • Trigger your body to release calming chemicals like serotonin and oxytocin
  • Help people who are overstimulated by the world around them

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Anxiety and stress weighing heavily at night? A new blanket might help.”

Penn Medicine: “More Than Just a Fad: 4 Ways Weighted Blankets Can Actually Help You.”

Understood.org: “Weighted Blankets and ADHD: What You Need to Know.”

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare: “Weighted Blankets Bring Calm and Comfort.”

Oxford Health/National Health Service: “Guidance on the Use of Weighted and Compressing Products.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Will a Weighted Blanket Help You Sleep Better?”

Endocrine Society: “What Is Serotonin?”

Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing: “Effects of Weighted Blankets on College Students’ Anxiety.”

Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering : “Physiological Effects of Deep Touch Pressure on Anxiety Alleviation: The Weighted Blanket Approach.”

Pediatrics: “Weighted Blankets and Sleep in Autistic Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on April 20, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Anxiety and stress weighing heavily at night? A new blanket might help.”

Penn Medicine: “More Than Just a Fad: 4 Ways Weighted Blankets Can Actually Help You.”

Understood.org: “Weighted Blankets and ADHD: What You Need to Know.”

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare: “Weighted Blankets Bring Calm and Comfort.”

Oxford Health/National Health Service: “Guidance on the Use of Weighted and Compressing Products.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Will a Weighted Blanket Help You Sleep Better?”

Endocrine Society: “What Is Serotonin?”

Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing: “Effects of Weighted Blankets on College Students’ Anxiety.”

Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering : “Physiological Effects of Deep Touch Pressure on Anxiety Alleviation: The Weighted Blanket Approach.”

Pediatrics: “Weighted Blankets and Sleep in Autistic Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on April 20, 2020

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