The idea of a weighted blanket is not really new, it is somewhat based on the way we bundle up babies to make them feel comforted, safe and calm, like being cradled in a loved ones arms. Weighted blankets have been known to help people who have difficulty falling asleep achieve sleep and stay asleep longer. They are being used to help people with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, autism, and many other sleep related issues. Some people may even use them during the day as a sort of “time out”.
Apparently it is similar to the feeling we get if we enjoy a good hug, or just being touched in a friendly way. The brain releases serotonin, which in turn helps us to feel relaxed and have a sense of wellbeing.
But they are not for everyone. As with anything new, you should consult you health care practitioner to find out what is best for you. People who have various chronic medical conditions such as breathing issues or sever muscle or bone issues could be doing more harm than good.
There is another reason to discuss this with your health care practitioner, weighted blankest come in several different styles & weights, so make sure you get one that is right for you if you choose to purchase one. Especially buying a synthetic one vs an organic one. Look for a nice all season wool comforter or even a summer weight comforter. There is hardly any weight and with both you can care for it by just washing the duvet when it gets dirty. Find them at : www.theorganicmattressstore.com or call 1-866-246-9866