The Psychological Benefits of A Well Worn Blanket

Weighted blankets are often credited with helping people get a restful night’s sleep. The use of such blankets is not limited to babies; they have been used to great effect by many adults over the years. It is also thought that they can benefit adults too. In fact, many people who are struggling to get a good night’s sleep often turn to blankets that are fitted with weights.


Many people are surprised to learn that weighted blankets Adelaide can help them get a restful night’s sleep. Many think that they simply help people “doze off” more quickly at night. However, weight loss does not always equal better sleep. If stress or worry are interfering with sleep or if you just need to get some shut-eye time before your day of hard work, a blanket with a bit of weight may benefit you. Because stress and worry tend to interfere with good sleep, the rewards of a well-worn weighted blanket can often translate into better sleep for individuals suffering from stress and worry. Further, some of the same properties that make a blanket beneficial to sleep can also help with other areas of health as well.

Millions of people suffer from sensory processing disorder (SPD) including insomnia, a condition that affects nearly 20 million people in the United States alone. Sensory processing disorder occurs when the individual’s nervous system and/or central nervous system are incapable of blocking out or dealing with sights, sounds, smells, or tastes that make the person feel awake.

This sleep deprivation results in poor day-to-day functioning and can ultimately lead to depression, anxiety, and physical and/or mental health problems. In the past, many experts have blamed sensory processing disorder on the deep touch pressure stimulation often associated with blankets, however recent studies have found that weight loss therapy can be helpful in improving symptoms of this disorder.

One of the common properties that make a blanket beneficial to sleep is its ability to increase serotonin activity in the brain. As people age, their brains typically produce less serotonin, which plays an important role in regulating mood, sleep, and other emotional needs. However, many of the psychostimulants used to treat this disorder have been linked to various diseases such as depression, heart disease, and high blood pressure. While these medications can alleviate some of the disorder, they also have serious side effects that can bring about further health issues down the road.

The sensory aspect of this disorder refers to how tactile stimuli, such as noise, movement, or heat, make an individual feel like they need to escape, which often leads to self-incrimination, paranoia, anxiety, and depression.

Wearing a weighted blanket that provides the added pressure of body weight may help alleviate the negative effects of this disorder. Research has shown that the reduction of serotonin activity that occurs as people get older can lead to feelings of anxiety and frustration as they struggle to adjust to their environment. For those with autism spectrum disorder, this can translate into feelings of frustration and social isolation.

Sleep disorders are not the only physiological side effect that weighted blankets can have on the body. During sleep, our brains process sensory information and use it to make decisions about what to do next. In the case of chronic sleep problems, this decision-making process can be faulty, resulting in a decreased quality of life and behavioural symptoms. In adults with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, an inability to make sound decisions while asleep can negatively impact daily activities and cause severe disruptions in relationships.

In addition to the physiological changes experienced while sleeping, individuals with autism spectrum disorder have reported feeling anxious and uncomfortable during the day, even if they don’t realize what is going on. A weighted blanket can help to soothe individuals suffering from these symptoms so they can live normal lives.