A weighted blanket differs from a regular blanket in its heavy weight. Thanks to this, it puts pressure on the human body, helps to relax and cope with anxiety, and stimulates sensory receptors. This device improves the functioning of the nervous system, provides calmness and deep sleep.
Doctors have long known that it is deep pressure on the body that has a calming and relaxing effect. When a person is covered with a weighted blanket, the brain begins to release serotonin and melatonin, calming hormones that prompt you to rest.
The sensory (weighted) blanket is useful for people suffering from chronic stress, high levels of anxiety, agitation, aggressiveness and insomnia. It is used for children and adults with autism and Asperger's syndrome, cerebral palsy, Ekbom's and Rett's syndrome, Alzheimer's and Tourette's diseases, epilepsy, schizophrenia.
With the help of this device, you can get rid of fears and phobias: dentophobia, carcinophobia, fear of chemotherapy, etc. And thanks to long-term use in the body, the level of the stress hormone (cortisol) normalizes, the tone of the heart and the work of the left hemisphere of the brain improves, inflammation and muscle pain disappear.
The weighted blanket for children with autism can be used not only for sleeping, but also to cover knees and shoulders with it so that the child can better feel his body and orientate himself in space. Thanks to this device, millions of receptors in the body begin to work, which send signals to the brain.
When choosing a weighted blanket, you need, first of all, to focus on the weight of the person who will fall asleep under it. For an adult, manufacturers offer models from 7 to 15 kg, for children - from 5 to 7 kg, but the weight of this device is calculated depending on the weight of a person.