When one woman developed insomnia, she became desperate for something – anything to help her turn off the racing thoughts in her head and allow her to fall asleep.
Turning to recent studies that showed weighted blankets could help relieve stress, she decided to give it a try. Writing for Glamour, she said:
A number of online retailers now sell weighted blankets, and some research suggests that they really do relieve stress and encourage a restful night. One study in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health found that 63 percent of the 32 adults studied reported lower anxiety after using a 30-pound blanket. Another in Australasian Psychiatry found that psychiatric patients who used weighted blankets were more likely to report reduced distress than those who didn't.
This happens for two reasons, according to Healthline: Weighted blankets push you downward, which can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and they mimic deep pressure touch, acting almost like a massage.
I figured anything was worth a try, so I ordered a blanket from Mosaic Weighted Blankets, personalized to weigh one tenth of my body weight.
Read about her full experience at Glamour.com.