1-Weighted blankets help children (and adults) with anxiety or stress
Anxiety or stress can make you or your child feel mentally exhausted but still unable to fall asleep. Using a heavy blanket to apply slight pressure to the body helps to relax the nervous system naturally and cause a restful sleep. It is similar to the behavior of babies, where weight and stress provide a sense of security, safety and comfort.
For the science here, aggravating the gentle pressure of the blanket promotes the production of serotonin; a natural mood enhancer. Serotonin is naturally converted into melatonin, which helps your body relax and prepare for sleep.
２ － Weighted blankets may help with sensory disturbances
Do you or your child have sensory processing disorder (SPD) or Asperger's disease or autism?
These conditions can make it difficult to respond to sensory stimuli, and are often too sensitive or too sensitive to touch or noise. This can make it difficult for people to calm down and put stress on the nervous system. This in turn can cause anxiety, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
This is where weighting a blanket might help, because the gentle pressure it exerts helps the body release the "happy chemical" serotonin. As we have already seen, serotonin is converted into melatonin, which helps natural sleep.
３ － Weighted blankets help with insomnia
According to the Sleep Health Foundation, about one-third of people (PDF) have at least mild insomnia.
Aggravating the gentle pressure of a blanket can help relieve the overactive nervous system and encourage much-needed sleep.
４ － Weighted blankets can help children with ADQ / QADHD
Does your child have ADD or ADHD spectrum? Then you know that hyperactivity can lead to sleep deprivation.
The use of weighted blankets can help alleviate the anxiety of children with ADD and ADHD through their calm deep touch pressure stimulus.
６ － Weighted blankets can help children focus better
Today's over-stimulation and media saturation, society is often related to the fact that many children find it difficult to concentrate, especially in the classroom environment.
Weighted vests have been shown to help children with attention deficit disorders improve their attention by 18% (PDF). Similarly, weighted blankets have been shown to help children transition more smoothly from high-energy activities to low-energy activities.
7-Weighted blankets may help restless legs syndrome (RLS)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) can develop for a variety of reasons, although in many cases there is no obvious cause. RLS causes an irresistible urge to move the legs, usually with a stinging or crawling sensation. It often gets worse during the night, which can cause disturbed sleep.
In some cases, RLS is associated with reduced dopamine production, and since mild pressure from the weighting blanket helps the brain release neurohormones such as serotonin and dopamine, applying weighting blankets to affected areas may help.
八-Weighted blankets can help children with Down syndrome
Children with Down syndrome have cognitive and growth disorders that can enable them to learn how to integrate into society in an independent way, emotionally and physically.
Children or adults with Down syndrome may benefit from a mild, comfortable stimulation that aggravates the blanket, which helps calm the nervous system by promoting the release of serotonin.
Serotonin is related to health and is an important part of the body's sleep-wakefulness cycle.
9-Weighted blankets may help dental anxiety
If we are honest, most of us would not like to go to the dentist very much!
But for some people, especially children, a date with a dentist can be a traumatic event.
Using a weighted blanket will not completely eliminate your fear, but it can help you get a quieter sleep the day before your appointment.
You can even go one step further and arrange to bring a weighted blanket to your dentist for a much-needed "embrace"! Although this seems to be an extreme (even slightly embarrassing) measure, the weight of the blanket helps your body release serotonin. Serotonin directly affects dopamine, a hormone that makes you feel good.
10 － Weighted blankets work naturally with the body
It is estimated that as many as 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia; Many of them rely on prescription drugs to help them fall asleep. Not only are sleeping pills unnatural to the body, research has shown that they do not provide the same recovery benefits as natural sleep.
的 The beauty of using a weighted blanket is that it works in conjunction with the body's natural rhythms, and for some people, it may not even require artificial drugs at all.