Weighted blankets have been traditionally used by doctors and occupational therapists to help ease restless individuals. Throughout the last decade they have become increasingly used to combat stress, aid sleep and treat anxiety in adults and children.
So what is a weighted blanket? Well it is exactly that; a blanket filled with weighted glass micro beads to create a heavy blanket. The idea is that when you place a weighted blanket over your body, the evenly distributed pressure creates the feeling of a hug or deep pressure touch. Deep pressure touch leads to the release of a calming hormone from the brain.
When buying a weighted blanket you should choose one that is around 10% of your body weight. Weighted blankets are beneficial for a lot of people but should not be used if you have epilepsy, severe breathing difficulties or low body tone.