Weighted Blankets are very poplular in 2018. It all started with one mama who made a lap pad for her daughter who suffers from PTSD, and other mamas soon asked her to help make blankets for their children. We’ve also been utilized and recommended by local sensory development therapists.
Some people who experience anxiety may not find relief through medication alone, or they might be hesitant to try medication. Other methods of managing anxiety, such as the use of a weighted blanket, can help.
Anxiety is a normal part of life from time to time, especially before a big decision, during a life change, or other times of stress. However, anxiety disorders can cause crippling feelings of fear, worry, or restlessness.
Weighted blankets are often useful for individuals living with autism, sensory processing disorders, PTSD (trauma), ADHD, restless leg syndrome, and anyone who finds the weight of a blanket to be calming. While great success is often seen, please note these blankets are not guaranteed for every individual, so we recommend contacting your therapist if you have questions.
Research has shown that hugs may make a person feel at ease. When people hug, the body releases the hormone oxytocin. This hormone helps reduce blood pressure, slows the heart, and provides a feeling of relaxation. The weighted blanket essentially imitates the warmth and security that a hug provides. Both the blanket and hug use a gentle, firm pressure that goes deep within the body giving a sense of repose that allows the body to relax.
Weighted blankets are blankets lined with evenly distributed weight. The weight varies based on who the intended user is and size of the blanket. This special type of blanket is designed to be warm and to provide gentle pressure to a person, mimicking the feeling of being held. The sensation may have a positive effect on people's moods. As a result, weighted blankets are gaining in popularity as an alternative means of combating anxiety and other sensory disorders.
Traditionally, it has been those with special needs. Children with ADHD, autism and sensory processing disorder have all benefited from weighted blankets, particularly since they tend to naturally be low in serotonin, which makes feeling relaxed more difficult. Others who have found weighted blankets beneficial and people with anxiety and sleeping disorders. Whether they are diagnosed or just self-diagnosed, people anxiety and sleeping disorders benefit from the calm feelings weighted blankets can help release.
Being moms, we've made sure that these blankets are machine washable. They can also be dried on low heat in the dryer or air dried.
Most therapists recommend the weight of the blanket be 10% of the user’s weight, plus one pound. For example, if the user weighs 55 lbs, the blanket should be about 6.5-7lbs.