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11 Best Weighted Blankets to Ease Stress and Anxiety

HSS occupational therapist Christine Rocchio Mueller MS, OTR/L, C/NDT discusses the effectiveness of weighted blankets for adults with Good Housekeeping.

"There is recent research suggesting they can help reduce or relieve anxiety," said Rocchio Mueller. Additionally, they can help people who may not consider themselves anxious, yet still experience insomnia or sleep disturbances. "A weighted blanket might provide just enough physiological calm that it helps them relax to fall asleep,” she cited.

Many users describe the sensation of lying under a weighted blanket as feeling like a hug. According to Rocchio Mueller, "It is one of the most natural things to reach and hug a family member or friend when they are upset or anxious. While a hug might not solve all your problems, it often helps you feel better by calming your body which then allows you to think a little bit clearer."Read the full article at Goodhousekeeping.com.