We live in a time where the laws of Darwinism no longer apply to the human race. We have the technology and health benefits to keep our children alive, no matter what the cost. Humans are wired to feel compassion for those who need it, and it is for this reason that forty three million disabled people are alive in the United States. This is about 17 percent of 250 million people; almost 1 out of every 5 American is disabled. This can cause stress to their caregivers and to their families, but there are always ways to ease that stress. Children with disabilities commonly experience trouble sleeping, and this is one of the most stressful aspects of caring or such a child. However, research has shown that weighted blankets can be the solution to this insomnia.

A weighted blanket is not designed to restrain, but rather, to stimulate specific hormones and relax the mind and body. The deep pressure of the blanket on the body causes the release of endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiate and painkiller. They calm the mind, reduce pain, and cause a sense of happiness and relaxation. Serotonin has a similar effect and is often used as a treatment for various disorders including OCD, depression, and anxiety. Serotonin can even help reduce the likeliness of childhood obesity, as it can help regulate appetite and keep children from participating in the overconsumption of food, which has become a very prevalent problem in America. Not only do weighted blankets provide this heavenly, relaxed sensation, but provide the feeling of being tucked in tightly. A weighted blanket is anything but uncomfortable, and stimulates the human desire for a sense of security by providing an almost hug-like feel. While this seems to be a product used specifically for sleep, that is not necessarily true. Whether awake or asleep, the blanket will have the same effect, so simply draping the blanket over a child’s lap will still produce serotonin that can later be transformed into melatonin for a better night’s rest. Even placing the blanket on a kid’s back while they watch television can produce a happier state of mind and instill optimism and calmness.

This type of blanket is perfect for anybody with a mental disability or symptoms of insomnia. Weighted blankets can immensely improve the quality of sleep of any individual. A weighted blanket can even be used for adults experiencing insomnia or anxiety.