Whether we realize it or not, we all seek comfort. That’s one reason that children like to sleep with blankets, teddy bears, and other stuffed animals - these are all comfort objects. Having them next to us as we slumber can bring a feeling of ease and contentment. But what about adults? Do adults need comfort objects?
For some, the answer is yes; however, holding on to a comfort object such as a stuffed animal might not be ideal while you sleep. If you are looking for an alternative comfort object, a weighted blanket might be for you.
Weighted blankets have been used since 1999. Helping simulate the feeling of a hug, weighted blankets can help with stress, anxiety, and they seem to be especially beneficial for those with ADHD, sensory disorders, or those on the autism spectrum. It can also help to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and PTSD, among other ailments. It is widely believed that the pressure created by weighted blanket assists in releasing serotonin and cortisol. Serotonin is what helps a person to feel calm while cortisol release assists with a person’s well-being and overall happiness.
A weighted blanket works by applying pressure evenly across your body and simulating the feeling of a hug. The more snugly the weighted blanket lays across you, the more likely you are to feel the positive effects. Coming in a variety of different sizes, colors, and weights, including travel and lap blankets, you can almost undoubtedly find a weighted blanket that best fits your needs. The weight of the blanket is typically achieved by glass or plastic beads within the layers. Due to the weight of these blankets and their thickness, they do have a tendency to be warmer. Adjusting your thermostat might be necessary should you try one for yourself. It is suggested that the blanket be 10% of your body weight, and also never use a weighted blanket on an infant.