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Is there proof that weighted blankets work?

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There’s no solid proof that weighted blankets really work to treat health or sleep problems. One study found that college students who slept under weighted blankets for one semester had lower anxiety and better-quality sleep. People who had dental treatments with a weighted blanket placed over them said the pressure reduced their anxiety.

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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