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Used as a modern tool for the management of anxiety and other disorders, weighted blankets have become a focal point for the medical community over the past two decades. First used in to help calm children diagnosed with autism, weighted blankets are now used to treat PTSD, stress, depression, insomnia, and other sensory issues.
Weighted blankets are designed using several types of filling and exterior materials. Ours are filled with poly pellets, and are a mix of 100% cotton on one side, and micro fleece on the other. The pellets are attached inside the blanket in a grid pattern to evenly distribute the weight across the body of the user.
The concept behind the blanket is that the pressure of the weight acts as a calming mechanism through deep touch stimulation, similar to the sensation you might feel during a hug. Science has proven that hugging helps decrease cortisol, increase serotonin, and improve your mood overall, which is the aim of a weighted blanket as well. By stimulating the natural production of serotonin and melatonin in your body, feelings of stress decrease and sleep comes easier.
Weighted blankets should be approximately 10% of your idea body weight plus 1-2lbs. This is the weight that your body should be at depending on your height and build as suggested by a physician. Our weighted blankets come in weights of 15, 20, and 25lbs, making it easy to select the right blanket for your body type.
Studies show that weighted blankets at night decrease symptoms of restless leg syndrome, and calm the mind. This increases the potential for better REM cycle, and less waking trough the night. With more than 70% of Americans professing some type of sleeping disorder, weighted blankets have the potential to impact the lives of many.
To learn more about the science behind the weighted blanket, visit our FAQ section where we’ve compiled a list of links leading to human studies and scientific publications with solid proof of their usefulness. We also encourage you to try a weighted blanket for yourself, whether you suffer from anxiety or not, these blankets have the potential to give you a better night’s rest and improve your mood overall. You can also rest easy knowing that 1% of our weighted blanket sales are donated to autism research.