It isn’t only adults who have sleep problems, but children often don’t get enough sleep due to poor sleep habits, anxiety and stress. For some children, school can be stressful if they have learning issues and social anxiety can be a problem as well. Fortunately, there are solutions for helping children relax, rest and get a good night’s sleep.
A blanket is something every child’s bed needs and it can sometimes become a favorite of theirs. However, a weighted blanket isn’t just a regular bedding item, but it is more of a therapy tool used to help children self-soothe and get better sleep at night.
The blanket has small plastic poly pellets, like those found in stuffed animals, sewn into the edges so it exerts a gentle weight or pressure on the child’s body. This pressure has been likened to being hugged, which makes most people feel more secure, so they are able to get a better night’s rest.
Proof Blankets Work
Studies conducted on the effectiveness of weight blankets show they both children and adults can benefit from them. One study found those with sleep dysfunction, pain or stress got a better night’s rest when using the blankets because it helped reduce their cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone.
Another study found over 63% of participants said they slept better at night when using weighted blankets. Children of any age, from toddlers to college students, can benefit from the blankets and get a better night’s sleep, so they feel more refreshed the next day.
They are especially helpful for children on the autism spectrum or who have sensory processing disorder. The blankets help release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which has a calming effect and helps children relax, rest and sleep throughout the night without adverse side effects.