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Can sleeping with weighted blankets help support disorders?

Can sleeping with weighted blankets help support disorders?

As is well documented, issues with sleep can create many other issues that can quickly become health concerns if insomnia or other disturbances continue untreated.

Having a lack of sleep can mess with you functioning normal during the day. It soon becomes difficult to concentrate, productivity at work or school suffers, and generally leads to irritability causing quick tempered outbursts affecting your family and friends. On top of that, you also become at risk for serious health issues like heart attacks.

Deep pressure touch, similar to having a massage, is a type of therapy where pressure is exerted over the body having physical and psychological advantages. For many years, occupational therapists have used weighted blankets for children and young adults experiencing sensory disorders, anxiety, stress or issues related to autism.
Many people are looking for a natural non-drug, safe and effective therapy and have found the pressure from a weighted blanket helps relax the nervous system. In fact, many psychiatric, geriatric and pediatric hospitals use weighted blankets to calm a patient’s anxiety promoting comfort, relief, deep and restful sleep.

Deep pressure touch encourages serotonin production, lifting mood and with serotonin naturally converting to melatonin, allows your body to take cue to rest.
Weighted blankets are typically ‘weighted’ with fillings that are sewn into pockets throughout the blanket to keep the weight evenly distributed. The weight of the blanket acts as deep touch therapy involving receptors located all over your body. When these receptors are stimulated, the body relaxes and feels grounded and safe, with clinical studies suggesting that when deep pressure points are triggered they increase serotonin production.

Anxiety, Depression, Aggression, OCD, PTSD, and Bi-Polar disorder have all been linked to low serotonin levels in the brain, which weighted blankets are reported to assist with. In addition, many people suffering with mania, trauma and paranoia have realised the benefits of DPT.
Weighted blankets have reportedly helped patients suffering from Autism, Tourette’s, Alzheimer’s Disease, Asperger's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Restless Leg Syndrome and even can help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Read more about weighted blankets here

Experts recommend seeking the guidance of a doctor or occupational therapist if you have a medical condition. You should not use weighted blankets if you are currently suffering from a respiratory, circulatory, or temperature regulation problem, or are recuperating post surgery.

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