For many people, weighted blankets have become a routine part of stress relief and healthy sleep habits, and for good reason. Research suggests weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety, autism, and insomnia, among other conditions.
What is it?
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 5 and 30 pounds. The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation or pressure therapy.
How does it help?
Weighted blankets are thought to reduce restfulness and can ease stress and anxiety through their calming effect. The weight of the blanked can create a pleasant hugging sensation which can be comforting and soothing.
If you are unable to access a weighted blanket you can try wrapping yourself in a duvet whilst wearing warm clothes and socks. This will help you to feel comforted.