Can Weighted Blankets Help Asperger's Syndrome?

Sep 05, 2022 • Luna Blanket

If you or a loved one has Asperger’s Syndrome, you may be all too familiar with the propensity one has for experiencing higher levels of anxiety. When the anxiety gets out of control and you’re reaching for tools and modalities to help calm down, weighted blankets have actually been shown to help!

Occupational therapists have utilized weighted blankets for autism spectrum disorder for years — and now this fantastic tool is popular to have on hand in your own home. If you are looking for ways to help manage Asperger’s anxiety weighted blankets may be able to help.

What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

Asperger’s Syndrome falls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder.  What ultimately separates it from the more broad diagnosis is the level of severity and lack of the language delay seen in most autism cases. Those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome typically have a more mild experience of the symptoms, appearing quite neurotypical with good language and cognitive skills. 

Another unique part of Asperger’s Syndrome is the propensity for obsessions and fascinations, or “hyper-fixations.” They’ll often know an extensive amount of information about their preferred topic and have a strong vocabulary surrounding it. This is one of their gifts. 

The sharp focus, authenticity, and drive associated with Asperger’s Syndrome makes these individuals highly motivated when they are interested in a topic and can often lead to mastery. However, they can also struggle with mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, especially when a lot of time is spent out of their true interests, passions, and resonance. 

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is often helpful for Asperger’s anxiety. Occupational therapy and speech therapy can also help them overcome struggles in everyday life and social settings where they may feel more challenged than when they are in “the zone.” 

Is Anxiety Commonly Associated with Asperger’s Syndrome?

Research has shown that people with Asperger’s Syndrome are more likely to experience high levels of anxiety. According to a study from the UK National Autistic Society, 47% of participants with Asperger’s met the diagnostic criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and in total, 59% said that their anxiety impacted their ability to manage their daily lives.

Those with Asperger’s may experience more anxiety due to their brain’s interpretation of events, their intensely focused nature, and their tendency to hyper-fixate. This is a superpower when applied to their interests, but can be very overwhelming when analyzing or perceiving uncomfortable social situations, overwhelming ideas, and things they simply have no interest in. 

For this reason, those with Asperger’s thrive on the predictability and stability of routine. Unexpected plans or responsibilities can lead to immense anxiety, so a routine with clearly defined time for interests vs. non-interests is ideal! Difficulty processing, understanding, and expressing emotions through their discomfort can also lead to repetitive thoughts and unease.

While there is no substitute for the proper doctor, therapy, support system, and routine, it’s almost inevitable that daily anxieties will creep up. As far as mitigating daily anxieties, stressors, and overwhelm, weighted blankets can be a great tool for people with Asperger’s Syndrome to keep on hand! They provide comfort through deep pressure sensory stimulation that calms the nervous system and helps the wearer feel calm.

Weighted Blankets for Asperger’s Syndrome

If you’re curious about trying out a weighted blanket for Asperger’s anxiety, you may be surprised to discover how effective it can be at de-escalating anxious symptoms and calming the mind and body. 

When treating those with Asperger’s or autism spectrum disorder, therapists have long employed a methodology called Deep Pressure Stimulation. Typically, this is a modality in which the therapist would apply firm, direct pressure onto the body with their hands. Similar to the effects of being swaddled or squeezed in a big hug, this technique helps to calm the body and mind because the weight and pressure naturally promote serotonin and melatonin production. Knowing this, you can understand why many therapists have started using weighted blankets in their protocols and suggest keeping one on hand at home to use when needed!

Namely, the stress hormone cortisol is affected by weighted blankets. Applying pressure to certain parts of the body switches the sympathetic nervous system off and activates the parasympathetic nervous system.

In other words, your body goes from “fight or flight mode” (anxiety) to a restful, peaceful state.

Order Your Weighted Blanket From Luna Today

If you are looking for ways to help manage the symptoms associated with Asperger’s, we hope you will keep a Luna weighted blanket within reach to utilize when things get overwhelming. Many of our reviewers have noted how beneficial this tool has been in helping to soothe anxiety associated with Asperger’s. A weighted blanket may make it easier to process anxiety, stress, and other uncomfortable feelings. Additionally, it can also make it easier to fall into a deep restful sleep, as we know getting enough quality sleep also plays a large role in good mental health and well-being. 

A great product to start with is our best-selling Classic Cotton Weighted Blanket. It comes in multiple colors so you can certainly find one you or your loved one really enjoys. 

Editor's Note: We are not healthcare professionals, and the content on our website is not a substitute for medical advice. We encourage everyone to reach out to their doctor before ordering a weighted blanket or trying any type of therapy or treatment.

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