If you are going through cancer and chemotherapy trips, a weighted blanket could be a beneficial way for you to reduce anxiety and PTSD. Both cancer and chemotherapy are stressful life events which cause a great amount of anxiety and stress. Weighted blankets are a great natural remedy that can aid the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and PTSD.
How do weighted blankets work? The deep pressure stimulation of a weighted blanket is often used to alleviate the symptoms of many different mental health conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, chronic pain, PTSD, fibromyalgia, autism, ADHD, and more. Deep pressure stimulation refers to the gentle hugging of a weighted blanket that is both calming and assuring.
A study done in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing analyzes the impact that a weighted blanket has on anxiety. This study reflects that the use of a weighted blanket was associated with a decrease in anxiety. In this study, one group of adult patients used a weighted blanket over their body for fifteen minutes or more. The other group consisted of patients that did not use weighted blankets. The results reported that patients that used a weighted blanket had less anxiety than the patients that did not use a weighted blanket.
As mentioned above, a Weighted Blanket can also help to ease the symptoms of PTSD. People with cancer can experience PTSD because being diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic life experience. One study shows that 1 in 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer experience PTSD.
Not only do weighted blankets help with symptoms of anxiety and PTSD, but they can also aid the symptoms of chronic pain. Studies show that adults with chronic pain that used a weighted blanket felt more at ease than adults that did not use a weighted blanket. The even pressure of a weighted blanket across your body relaxes your body, this is the sensation that helps to ease symptoms of chronic pain.
At Mosaic Weighted Blankets, we have a wide variety of weighted blankets in color, size, weight, and fabric. Our weighted blankets are ethically sourced and made in Austin, Texas. The weight of your blanket should be 10% of your body weight. If you are looking for more guidance for picking out your weighted blanket, refer to our weighted blanket weight and size guide or give us a call!