Some people might have heard of weighted blankets while others haven’t. Either way, these blankets are becoming more and more popular as we speak. In fact, families all over the world are shopping for high-quality weighted blankets that can help them in numerous ways.
According to occupational therapists and those who have tried them, weighted blankets can help those who are sleep-deprived, stressed, anxious, distressed, or those who feel like they are about to lose control.
By applying deep pressure to the body, these blankets help people relax. One would say it feels as if they’re in a tight, firm hug that makes them feel safe and secure.
What Exactly is a Weighted Blanket?
Even though weighted blankets became popular just a year or two ago, they have been around for much longer. In fact, the special needs community has been making the most of these blankets for quite a while.
Today, people are slowly becoming aware of the fact that almost everyone can benefit from using these products to improve the quality of their sleep and lower their stress and anxiety levels.
A weighted blanket is basically what people generally imagine — it’s a blanket that is heavier than regular blankets.
Still, not everything is about the thickness and heaviness; there’s more to the whole story. Every individual should have a weighted blanket of specific weight for their needs.
Most of these blankets weigh from five to twenty-five pounds. As a rule, people should choose one that weighs around 10% of their body weight (plus a pound or two). So, for instance, parents whose child weighs 80 pounds should buy them a 10-pound weighted blanket.
Benefits of a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets can provide their users with multiple benefits; as a matter of fact, research has backed many of those benefits. These heavy blankets are the most popular among parents who buy them for their children.
In children, a weighted blanket promotes better sleep, increased focus in school, reduction of self-stimulatory behaviors, and reduced anxiety. Also, weighted therapy can boost serotonin and melatonin production overnight. Thus, it can positively affect sensory disorders and sleep disorders.
In addition, children who have ADD and/or ADHD can use weighted blankets to stop feeling upset, angry, or excited, as well as to relax and fall asleep. Moreover, many children with Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder can benefit from these blankets in the same way.
But that’s not all. Apart from helping children’s sensory system, improving sleep, reducing anxiety, and relaxing them, these blankets are also very comfortable. That’s why children love them and have nothing against using them.
What Kind of Weighted Blanket to Buy?
Before buying one of these, it’s important to know that there are a few types of Canadian weighted blankets.
Therapists usually recommend infused weighted blankets; in this type, the weight is infused in between two pieces of fabric, which makes them easily foldable. Also, there are also pocket, wearable, as well as DIY weighted blankets.
In order to pick the best one for their child, parents should consider multiple factors. One thing is for sure, though. A weighted blanket can go a long way in helping the little ones feel good in their own skin.