Soldiers benefit from the therapeutic comfort of Weighted Blankets too.

Soldiers benefit from therapeutic comfort of Weighted Blankets too.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets received a great letter this week from a former combat soldier in Iraq about the benefits of using a weighted blanket for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He writes,

“I just saw a news report here on Philadelphia’s Fox News regarding your [Mosaic] weighted blankets. There was a doctor that said he “wasn’t quite certain if the weighted blankets had any true effect in helping patients.

I can not speak for any Autism assistance your blankets may give but I can speak as a soldier [to] the “calming” effect it has to assist with restless sleep and PTSD. I myself carried a heavy weighted blanket (crazy as that sounds) with me for a year and a half in Iraq. Afraid of not waking up each day that blanket was the only thing that would get me to sleep each night. 

Now, six years later, I still can not get a comfortable night’s sleep without my calming blanket. I do understand how ridiculous it sounds coming from a “Soldier,” that he needs his “Blankie” to fall asleep. I truly wish I did not need it but quite honestly its the only thing that keeps the dreams away and gets me a full night’s sleep. 

Weighted blankets are good and therapeutic for many different applications….even troops that have come home [from war] with PTSD. 

Keep up the great work! Though my blanket is NOT one of yours, it is weighted and provides the necessary therapeutic results that the Doctor[on the news] “wasn’t certain” about.”

SFC. David DeMarco, US Army Retired 

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD occurs in between 11 and 20 percent of veterans from the Afghan and Iraq wars, and in 31 percent of Vietnam war veterans. These statistics do not include current or former servicemembers who have never sought treatment through Veteran’s Affairs — many speculate these percentages should be much, much higher. PTSD is not only seen in soldiers who have experienced combat though — it can also be caused by experiencing a natural disaster, disease diagnosis, or violent assault. It can occur immediately following a terrifying event or may show up months or even years later. Emotional stress, fear, and sleep disturbances from PTSD can negatively affect work and family life — a fact our soldiers know all too well.

No matter the cause, PTSD is often a long-lasting struggle to reduce symptoms and get back to a healthy life. Nightmares and flashbacks tend to aggravate insomnia caused by PTSD but using a Weighted Blanket can be therapeutic, assisting with mood swings and restorative sleep.

When fearful thoughts strike, a weighted blanket draped over your body supports feelings of comfort and security, as SFC. DeMarco shared in his letter to us. The deep pressure touch stimulation has been found to weaken unwanted thoughts and relax muscle tension. Equivalent to the benefits of massage, moderate pressure applied to the body fosters the natural production of serotonin.

That serotonin transforms to melatonin, which induces sleepiness and helps to maintain sleep throughout the night. Comfortable and prescription-free, Weighted Blankets effectively supplement treatments for PTSD and are durable enough to last for the long haul.

If you know a soldier struggling with the aftermath of war — or maybe you are that soldier yourself — a weighted blanket may be able to bring some calm and security to your days and nights. Consider a weighted blanket for yourself, a loved one or even as a gift to a soldier family care clinic or VA Hospital. This simple blanket can help to bring some peace to a PTSD-sufferer’s life. 

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