A new study from Swedish researchers found that people with depression and other mental health issues slept much better through the night when using a weighted blanket. At the end of the experiment, 42% of those that slept with an 18-pound blanket scored so low on the Insomnia Severity Index to be considered in remission from their sleep troubles, compared with 3.6% of the control group. The weighted blankets didn’t have a significant effect on total sleep time but led to a significant decrease in waking after sleep, less daytime sleepiness, and fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.


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