A weighted blanket is an excellent tool in managing many neurological disorders without using medication, or even "natural" supplements. Typically made from fabric, plastic non toxic pellets, and secured properly with thread.
Through the deep pressure touch of a weighted blanket, receptors become stimulated similar to swaddling an infant. This helps the body to relax, feel more grounded and safe. Clinical studies suggest that when these pressure points are triggered, the brain releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is known as “the calming chemical.” It also has other useful benefits, such as maintaining memory.
Some people buy supplements for serotonin, so the blanket is like a pill bottle, and you are the pill, at no additional cost. An array of conditions can be helped by a weighted blanket such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, bipolar neurological problems, PTSD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, sleep disorders, autism, menopause and practically any type of anxiety.
The alleviation of anxiety also helps with depression, trauma, paranoia, detoxification and so on. This covers a broad spectrum, which is why the weighted blanket trend is picking up steam.
Two studies, one published in Occupational Therapy(2008) showed that weighted blankets helped with anxiety. A study published in Australasian Psychiatry (2012) confirmed this.