Initially designed as therapeutic tools for people with autism, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress and sensory disorders, weighted blankets are now gracing the couches and bedrooms of folks who simply like the feel of them. The science is squishy, but if you find the sensation of lounging under a pile of blankets or an X-ray smock relaxing, it might be worth considering a weighted blanket.
If you have respiratory problems or joint issues, or you feel claustrophobic or hot under heavy bedding, then you’re better off sitting out this trend. And know that many experts don’t recommend weighted blankets for children who are under age 5 or weigh less than 50 pounds.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter