Mosaic Weighted Blankets® just issued its latest press release which focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). And although it is a well-known problem for veterans, it is no longer the case that just combat soldiers are being diagnosed with the disease…surprisingly, as many as 7-8% of the US population will have PTSD sometime during their lives. It affects millions, and here are just a few of its victims:
- Health disease patients (cancer, heart attack, stroke): just getting diagnosed with a life-affecting disease can cause PTSD symptoms; factor in chemotherapy and fear of the future…and patients experience multiple layers of ongoing trauma
- People who have experienced childhood trauma or illnesses
- Children experiencing bullying, including cyber-bullying
- Community members witnessing traumatic events in the news (Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma tornado victims, 9/11) or in person
- Adopted children, especially those facing cultural and language changes
- And the list goes on…
We have posted one pick-up of our press release here.
You’ve read some previous posts here on the Mosaic Weighted Blankets® site, relating to PTSD. We have heard from many customers about how their Mosaic Weighted Blankets have helped comfort their own loved one with PTSD, providing a better night’s sleep, less anxiety and a more secure feeling overall.
The press release explains how the weighted blankets work:
Weighted blankets are designed to provide deep pressure touch stimulation which helps the body relax. Like a message, moderate pressure applied to the body fosters the natural production of endorphins and serotonin, which is thought to provide a state of well-being and be helpful in inducing sleep. Serotonin transforms to melatonin, which research has shown helps maintain sleep throughout the night. Patients and Occupational Therapists (OTs) alike say the blanket feels like being held or cuddled, making one feel calm and safe.
The National Institute of Mental Health says that the number of PTSD cases is growing, partly a result of the trauma experienced in man-made and natural disasters. Their hope is that the learning from working with veterans will result in advancements to existing PTSD therapies and even preventive strategies. Until then, everyone grab their blanket!