A weighted blanket is an extremely heavy blanket used to help reduce stress and sleep at night. At first, weighted blankets were primarily used as therapeutic aids to help people with autism, dementia, and other mental health disorders. They are now a staple mass-market item. There are many different types of blankets that fall into this category. The most common type of blanket is the electric blanket.
An electric blanket consists of two pieces that fit around your torso. One of the pieces is fitted with an outlet, and the other piece fits around your head. This allows the person using it to provide their level of stimulation by pressing a button on the outlet to provide heat or softness to the blanket. The person must move their arm from side to side to change the blanket’s temperature to achieve this. The blanket provides the sensory input to reduce anxiety and improve sensory processing. This therapy can be applied during the entire therapy session or just during periods of relaxation.
Weighted blankets help people suffering from many symptoms, including insomnia, depression, restless leg syndrome, migraine headaches, nausea, and more. By providing the sensory input to reduce symptoms and allow the individual to go to bed at a normal level, they can improve the quality of life. In some cases, the use of a weighted blanket will provide relief to the patient and their family members to the point that the patient may return to daily activities and live a full and productive life. This is especially important for individuals that suffer from depression or anxiety due to physical, neurological, or emotional problems.
In addition to providing sensory processing therapy, these blankets are used in conjunction with deep pressure stimulation. This type of stimulation is designed to reduce depression by improving self-esteem and increasing confidence levels. However, some researchers feel that the weight of the blanket may increase the amount of deep pressure stimulated. In other instances, the combination of both forms of stimulation may benefit the individual.
The weighted blanket and the deep touch pressure sensor work together in the stimulation of sensory input. The deep touch pressure sensor provides a gentle and circular application of 10 strokes per minute by applying pressure to the patient’s upper thighs and lower stomach. The weighted blanket is then placed over the body. Because the weighted blanket provides the consistent application of pressure, it helps to relax muscles and alleviate the symptoms.
Some researchers believe that the weighted blanket may also be effective in treating several medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and more. This technology may prove beneficial to patients who have suffered from these and other medical conditions for years. Many researchers agree that these blankets are safe for use during medical procedures as long as they are used under the guidance of a healthcare provider. Many practitioners also believe that they provide an excellent relaxation method to patients during a medical procedure.