Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can lead to feelings of fear, unease, and worry that can interfere with daily life. While there are various treatment options for anxiety, including therapy and medication, some people turn to alternative methods like the use of weighted blankets to help manage their symptoms.
A weighted blanket is a type of blanket filled with materials such as glass beads or plastic pellets or even "polyfill" as with our ColeyBear blankets, that add weight to the blanket. The added weight creates a deep pressure touch (DPT), also known as proprioceptive input, which provides a feeling of being hugged, held, or swaddled. This sensation can be calming and comforting for some individuals, which is why the use of weighted blankets has become increasingly popular among people with anxiety.
But does the use of weighted blankets actually help relieve anxiety? There is some evidence to suggest that it does. In a study published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, researchers investigated the effects of a weighted blanket on anxiety in adults. The study found that participants who used a weighted blanket reported significantly lower levels of anxiety compared to those who did not use a weighted blanket. Participants also reported feeling more relaxed and comfortable while using the weighted blanket.
Another study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders investigated the effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia. Insomnia is a common symptom of anxiety, and the study found that participants who used a weighted blanket reported improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms of anxiety compared to those who did not use a weighted blanket.
While these studies suggest that the use of weighted blankets can be helpful for managing anxiety, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and limitations of using a weighted blanket for anxiety relief. Additionally, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any alternative methods for managing anxiety, as individual needs and circumstances may vary.
In conclusion, the use of weighted blankets may offer a non-invasive, drug-free, and accessible way to help manage symptoms of anxiety. While further research is needed, these findings provide promising evidence that weighted blankets may be a helpful tool for individuals struggling with anxiety.