Weighted Blankets and Deep Pressure Touch Therapy

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We all know about the benefits of using a weighted blanket, but are they worth the cost? The truth is that while we’ve always known of the many benefits of weighted blankets, there is no getting away from the fact that they are expensive. On the other hand, a well-made blanket will last for years and can even help with sleep disorders such as ADHD. However, we must also realize that sometimes, the benefits of weighted blankets can outweigh the price. There are certain situations in which using a weighted blanket makes sense, but it’s also important to know your limitations regarding this purchase.

First off, let’s talk about the safety issue. Weighted blankets can be quite a safety hazard and therefore should be taken on a serious matter. However, as long as you take proper precautions, they can be quite valuable. For instance, many children with ADHD struggle so much with self-regulating and calming down. For them, a weighted blanket can be quite valuable.

We all know about the different sleeping disorders that can affect us when we’re sleeping. Insomnia is one of these disorders and is the most common sleep disorder in America. Children who have insomnia often have problems with daytime drowsiness and the inability to stay asleep for the night. Some children with Aspergers have difficulty sleeping and staying asleep as well.

While the symptoms of the sleeping disorders can vary, most commonly, they include high blood pressure, heart rate irregularly, and anxiety. High cortisol levels or stress can also lead to a child not sleeping well at night and with high anxiety. Studies have shown that using weighted blankets in conjunction with deep pressure touch therapy can increase serotonin levels in the body and help alleviate the symptoms of these disorders.

Low levels of serotonin are tied in with depression and anxiety. It is why children who suffer from depression and low self-esteem also have trouble sleeping. Weighted blankets help to alleviate both of these symptoms because it grounds the child and gives them a safe place to be while they sleep. By grounding them in deep pressure, touch therapy stimulates serotonin activity and helps to elevate their serotonin activity naturally. It gives them a better chance of sleeping soundly throughout the night.

Research has shown that these blankets can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms without affecting their serotonin activity. In addition, many parents realize that this is a helpful tool for treating their children who suffer from sleep disorders. With so many kids suffering from insomnia and other disorders, it’s easy to see how these weighted blankets make such a great addition to your child’s bedding collection.

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