When weighted blankets were first introduced, they were used to help children with autism and kids with sleeping issues. Because they help children calm down through Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS), they’re now widely used as a treatment for children with anxiety.
DPS delivers a comfortable amount of pressure that causes your body to release serotonin and melatonin. These two naturally occurring hormones calm nerves and reduce anxiety. They also help reduce cortisol levels, helping children to feel less stressed. When you choose a weighted blanket that is the correct size and weight, it can be an effective way to help children with anxiety fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.