Do Weighted Blankets Work?

The weighted blanket is very effective, it has been used for many years, in the United States, Europe, China and other regions, tens of thousands of people benefit from the product. The frail sleepless, those with trance anxiety disorders, and depressed depression, many are better off with weighted blankets.

Why Therapists Recommend Weighted Blankets


According to Sensory Integration Theory, deep pressure input has a calming effect on the nervous system. There has also been research to suggest that deep pressure input (i.e. from massage) can influence biochemistry by decreasing the release of the stress hormone cortisol, and increasing the release of serotonin and dopamine (Field et al., 2005). 

For many of the children we work with in occupational therapy, interaction with sensory input such as light touch, noise, smells, or movement can leave them feeling under or over stimulated. This difficulty with sensory processing frequently interferes with their engagement in childhood “occupations” such as learning, self-care skills, and social interactions.

Therapists will commonly recommend weighted blankets for children that have difficulty falling or staying asleep due to their sensory processing difficulties. You’ll also find weighted or compression vests, shirts, or backpacks used in a school setting to assist a child with attention or decreasing self-stimulation and sensory seeking behaviors. According to theory, if we provide a child with the necessary regulating stimulation through deep pressure input, then they won’t have to distract themselves by seeking it elsewhere by, for example, rocking in their chairs or walking around the room.

What Therapists and Parents Have to Say About

Therapists make recommendations for weighted blankets or vests, and continue to do so, based on the positive feedback we receive from both parents and children. Children typically tolerate them very well and often request their use at home and school. We hear (and observe) that children seem to sit without fidgeting as much, appear calmer and more regulated, and parents often report that their child can’t go to sleep without their heavy blanket. We use this fairly consistent anecdotal evidence to support our recommendations.

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