Is There Actually Science Behind the Weighted Blanket Trend?

When I posted on social media asking for people’s thoughts on weighted blankets I didn’t expect to get dozens of answers — but maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults (or 18.1% of the population), so it stands to reason that many people are open to trying out the latest fads with the hope that they might actually work.

Turns out that, despite having little scientific backing, weighed blankets are helping a whole lot of people. For the uninitiated, weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like… very heavy blankets! Around 10 percent of the user’s bodyweight, to be exact (most brands sell them in 10 to 25-pound versions). Keep reading to see what people — weighted blanket fans and mental health professionals alike — have to say about the new phenomenon. [Read More…]

 

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