Alleviating anxiety by using a weighted blanket
“Deep touch pressure (DTP) is generally referred to as a form of tactile sensory input, which is often provided by holding, stroking, hugging, swaddling, and squeezing. […] The weighted blanket is used as a DTP intervention tool for sensory modulation. It has been increasingly employed in acute mental health care settings for crisis intervention, preparatory purposes, and as it gives subjects the feelings of safety, relaxation, and comfort.”
Chen, H.-Y, Yang, H., Chi, H.-J, & Chen, H.-M. (2013). Physiological Effects of Deep Touch Pressure on Anxiety Alleviation: The Weighted Blanket Approach. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, 33, 463-470.
An asset in trauma-informed care
“…sensory modulation interventions such as [weighted blankets] are used to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining an optimal level of nervous system arousal to help support self-regulation and participation in meaningful roles and occupations… [Weighted Blankets] are particularly promising in the area of trauma-informed care because they can be used to help foster self-care, self-nurturance, rest, sleep, and stabilization.”
Champagne, T., Mullen, B., Dickson, D., & Krishnamurty, S. (2015). Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of the Weighted Blanket With Adults During an Inpatient Mental Health Hospitalization. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 31(3), 211-233
Supporting children with developmental disabilities
“[The Sensory Adapted Environment, including the use of Deep Touch Pressure] creates a significant effect for both children with developmental disability and typical children undergoing a high anxiety procedure.
Shapiro, M., Sgan-Cohen, H. D., Parush, S., & Melmed, R. N. (2009). Influence of Adapted Environment on the Anxiety of Medically Treated Children with Developmental Disability. The Journal of Pediatrics,154(4), 546-550. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2008.10.017
Providing deeper and longer sleep
“…a weighted blanket may aid in reducing insomnia through increased tactile and proprioceptive inputs, may provide an innovative, non-pharmacological approach and complementary tool to improve sleep quality.”
Ackerley, R., Badre, G., & Olausson, H. (2015). Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia. Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders, 2(3), 1-7.
Anxiety Disorders In Seniors Living In Long-Term Facilities Presents A Problem
“…left untreated, anxiety can lead to: a decline in an older person’s ability to carry out daily tasks; poorer health; and decreased life satisfaction … anxiety is more frequently experienced by long-term care residents than by the general community.”
Creighton, A. S., Davison, T. E. – DPsych, & Kissane, D. W. – M.D. (2016). Anxiety Disorders In Seniors Living In Long-Term Facilities Presents A Problem. Anxiety.org, https://www.anxiety.org/anxiety-in-long-term-care-facilities