Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 2 to 13 kg. The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation, using hands-on pressure to relax the nervous system, relieve pain, lessen anxiety and improve mood. With weighted blankets, the same pressure comes from having the blanket wrapped around the body. The blankets work much the same way tight swaddling helps newborn babies feel secure so they can doze off to sleep more quickly. The blanket mimics the affect of being held tightly, helping to calm a restless body, settling the nervous system. The use of weighted blankets has been shown to have positive effects for individuals with conditions including autism, ADHD and anxiety and are one of the sensory tools commonly used in psychiatric units.
When using a weighted blanket a snug size is recommended with a weight around 10 percent of the users total body weight.