Under Pressure: A Systematic Review of Weighted Blankets for Treatment of Anxiety and Insomnia

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Holmes, Macie
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Schafer, Gerald
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2023-04-28
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Under Pressure: A Systematic Review of Weighted Blankets for Treatment of Anxiety and Insomnia
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of weighted blankets in providing relief to anxiety and insomnia caused by a variety of health disparities and diagnoses. Methods: Using Pubmed and CINAHL, articles were selected reporting on research on the use of weighted blankets for different diagnoses. Health conditions included autism spectrum disorder, attention hyper deficit disorder, chronic pain, eating disorders, old age, and chemotherapy. Results: Most articles demonstrated a decrease in anxiety and reduced sleeping medications with the use of weighted blankets. The only side effects noted by patients was minor discomfort. Depending upon the prescription process for obtaining weighted blankets, they were a cost effective intervention that was safe for adults and children under supervision. Discussion: Weighted blankets are an effective intervention in decreasing anxiety and insomnia associated with multiple health conditions, at a relatively low cost.
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Health Sciences