The health benefits of weighted blankets

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HOUSTON, TX (KPRC) Lindsay Willrich works in education and after a long day, she says, a weighted blanket puts her right to sleep.

“I felt very relaxed when I had it on,” Willrich explains.

She says during her years of teaching she’s known students to use weighted blankets for anxiety, ADHD and autism sensory issues. 

The science behind a weighted blanket goes much deeper than just feeling nice. 

Audrey Omenson, clinical director of the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center says the pressure sensation connects to part of the brain’s sensory system you probably don’t even know exists.

“That system that tells me my joint is moving or there’s pressure being applied to my body, that is a whole separate sensory system,” Omenson says. “A weighted blanket gets in touch with that sensory system that processes pressure and deeper touch and with that, that can be another way to tap into our sensory system and provide a calming thing – it doesn’t work for everybody.”

 

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