“Some people simply like the cosy sensation these blankets provide,” says Schneeberg. In another small study of 32 adults published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 63% of people reported lower levels of anxiety after using a weighted.
By stimulating the pressure points to increases serotonin and melatonin levels while decreasing cortisol levels.
Weighted blankets work in a way that’s similar to an OT technique called deep touch pressure therapy (DTP). Pressure on the body can increase the release of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is sometimes called the “happy” chemical because it creates a sense of calm and well-being.
“Studies have also shown weighted blankets to be useful in battling insomnia, which isn’t surprising since stress and anxiety are two of the most common underlying causes of insomnia,” Branter points out.