When it comes to the benefits of weighted blankets, most people associate them with kids. Whether it’s autism, Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory disorders, doctors have been prescribing these gravity blankets for children and the results have been amazing.
When someone is under a heavy sensory blanket, the extra pressure helps them feel safe and secure, like a constant, giant hug. The scientific term for this is Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), which just means that extra pressure is distributed across the entire body.
This is likely one of the main reasons that weighted blankets work so well for children.
In short, yes! Weighted blankets can provide the same benefits for adults that they do for kids.
DTP doesn’t just provide pressure, it also increases serotonin in the body, which is what provides a sense of calm and regulates mood. The heaviness of these blankets also decreases the activity of the body’s nervous system.
These effects, which are perfectly safe and normal, can be seen in both kids and adults.
So while gravity blankets help kids with a number of sensory issues, they can also help adults with things like stress, anxiety, insomnia, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, and more, and ultimately, getting a good night's sleep.
So there you go. Science says that whether you’re young or old, a weighted blanket can provide a sense of calm and relief for you.