Simply, anyone can benefit from the use of a weighted blankets. While they have been proven to be particularly useful for groups individuals with different conditions and issues, healthy people can also use them to help them relax and unwind after a long day. In this blog, I am going to briefly cover some of the different groups of people our weighted blankets can help and in what way.
Anxiety and stress affects all of us at some time in our lives, however when it becomes overwhelming it can influence our health, wellbeing and sleep. Weighted blankets help to remove the feeling of anxiety which in turn can help with conditions such as depression, paranoia and trauma. The use of a weighted blanket can actually help make you feel lighter as it helps remove that horrible feeling of tension and stress you get throughout your body as you experience anxiety (and unfortunately it is more strongly felt at night).
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Emotional distress and fear acts like a dark cloud over your life and results in extreme sleep disturbances that influence everyone and everything around you. A weighted blanket can help by providing a feeling of security and comfort. The deep pressure touch helps to ward off unwanted thoughts and causes the muscles to relax; serotonin changes to melatonin which promotes a good nights sleep.
Fibromyalgia causes pain, fatigue and muscle stiffness. This chronic condition can lead to anxiety and depression. The gentle pressure from a weighted blanket and help with aches, pains and sleeplessness in sufferers.
A weighted blanket can help individuals with Cerebral Palsy deal with sensory issues, help with physical therapy and insomnia. The blanket can be used to cover the whole body or a part of the body to ease tension and muscular aches, which then can improve overall mood.
Loss of sleep is a major issue for those with Parkinsons Disease. It affects the central nervous system and compromises both motor and cognitive abilities. Muscle stiffness and poor posture can cause discomfort throughout the day and night, but the use of a weighted blanket can help to reduce these feelings through the deep pressure therapy from the weight of the blanket. The weight is not restrictive and it effects can be equal to that of a full body massage, bringing comfort to the user and reassurance for their carers.
I hope you find this information helpful and if you have any further questions just drop me an email or a PM on our Facebook page 🙂 In my next blog (over the next few days), I will cover how blankets can help those with Alzheimers, Cancer and Chemo anxiety, Down Syndrome and Restless Leg Syndrome.