After 4 weeks, those using the weighted blanket had fewer difficulty sleeping and less fatigue, depression, or anxiety during the day. After 4 weeks, those using the weighted blanket had fewer difficulty sleeping and less fatigue, depression, or anxiety during the day. This treatment could help improve both quantity and quality of sleep. A limited number of studies have been conducted looking at the benefits of weighted blankets for adults in terms of sleep and insomnia.
Research suggests that weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety, autism, and insomnia, among others. In addition to people struggling with sleep disorders, health experts suggest that weighted blankets can be used to treat people with other health issues.
Why do weighted blankets help with sleep disorders?
They are not safe for children with epilepsy, respiratory or heart problems, skin allergies, circulatory disorders, or for children who cannot remove the blanket themselves. According to Swedish researchers, weighted blankets are a safe and effective way to treat sleep disorders. They found that patients with sleep disorders with psychiatric disorders had lower levels of insomnia severity, improved sleep, and less daytime sleepiness when sleeping with a weighted chain blanket. On average, the increase in melatonin was 32 percent higher the night that participants slept with a weighted blanket. The pressure that comes from the ceiling can trigger nervous system responses that lower your heart rate and respiration when you’re anxious.