Sleep better: Weighted blankets can cure insomnia within a year, study finds

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A new study finds weighted blankets not only cure most insomnia patients within one year, they can reduce depression and anxiety too.
New research shows sleeping with heavy chain blankets not only leads to better rest, but can also reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.

DARIEN, Ill. — Insomnia can have many causes and lead to numerous health issues for the people dealing with it. While some people with sleep issues opt for medications, a study says a new blanket may be all you need. A report by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) finds weighted blankets not only cure most insomnia patients within one year, they can reduce depression and anxiety too.

The study by three Swedish researchers examines 120 adults who had all been diagnosed with clinical insomnia and a psychiatric disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or anxiety. The team split these participants into two groups, one using chain-weighted blankets between 13.2 and 17.6 pounds and a control group using a 3.3-pound blanket with light plastic inside.

After four weeks, the results show people using heavy chain blankets are 26 times more likely to experience less insomnia. Nearly 60 percent of weighted blanket users report decreases of at least 50 percent in their Insomnia Severity Index (ISI). Just 5.4 percent of light blanket users report a similar decrease in insomnia symptoms.

More significantly, study authors report 42.2 percent of weighted blanket users see their insomnia go into remission after four weeks. This number is just 3.6 percent among participants with the lighter option.

How weighted blankets help us sleep

The Swedish team suspects the weight in these blankets mimics the sensation of being held and touched. That effect calms the nerves and helps the body to relax, resulting in a better sleep.

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