Top 8 Uses for Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets are often suggested as a therapeutic treatment for many medical conditions. Although most often associated as a treatment for children with Autism, weighted blankets can be used to treat both children and adults with a broad spectrum of conditions. They have even been recommended for hyper-active dogs! If you think a weighted blanket may be helpful for you or your child, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about the benefits and possible risks.
What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is a blanket that has been specially designed to distribute weight evenly over the person using it. The blankets can weigh as little as 5 pounds for a child-size blanket, and can range up to 40 pounds for an adult-size blanket. Blankets can be made from a variety of different fabrics, depending on the look and texture you prefer. Although several filling materials are available, polypropylene pellets are recommended the most because they are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and have a consistent size and smooth shape which creates an even texture that is comfortable to snuggle up with.
How do weighted blankets work?
Weighted blankets apply pressure to the afflicted person, known as “deep touch pressure.” This pressure has a calming effect, almost like a hug. This soothes and relaxes the users, helping them to ignore distracting stimuli which may normally keep them awake.
Who can weighted blankets help?
I’ve done some research and put together a list of conditions for which weighted blankets are recommended:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Sleep Walking
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anxiety Disorders
- Restless Leg Syndrome
Many of our customers order Quality Plastic Pellets to make their own weighted blankets. Have you used a weighted blanket? Tell us how they worked for you in the comments below!
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