Since the arrival of Weighted Blankets on the scene in 1990 by inventor Keith Zivalich of California, people all over the nation of all ages are enjoying the calm, cozy, and cuddle-hug of the Weighted Blanket. Calm “N” Cuddled folks call this “The Weighted Blanket Experience.”
WHY PEOPLE ARE EMBRACING “THE SENSATION”
You know, I have always been the type of person that whenever I found something good and benefited from it, I would share it with family, friends, or anyone willing to stand still long enough to listen, and so, here I am sharing with you the prospects of the Weighted Blanket Experience that can benefit you and the lives of your family for years to come!
Listen, the benefits of using a weighted blanket or product are many. Weighted blankets and other products have not only been reported as giving folks relief from a variety of non-life threatening problems like restless leg syndrome but have also in some cases eased insomnia, aided the use of sensory weighted blanket for Sensory Processing Disorders.
Weighted blankets for children on the Autism spectrum are reported to have a calming effect on overstimulated special needs children. We do not recommend weighted blankets for children 4 years of age and under.
Weighted blankets are known to reduce anxiety, lower stress, as well as a host of other issues. It has also helped kids and/or adults with ADHD focus better at work/school due to improved quality of sleep. Because this is truly an experience to be had by all. But given our individuality, and different needs, “The Weighted Blanket Experience” will vary from person to person. It is not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A WEIGHTED BLANKET
Listed here are just a few of the many benefits these marvelous blankets may produce such as:
- promote calm
- alleviate stress
- ease sleeplessness (insomnia) induce better sleep
- may help to improve focus at school work due to deeper, sounder sleep
- restless leg syndrome,
- and even sensory processing disorders or issues due to autism through Deep Pressure Stimulation
WHAT THE MASSES ARE SAYING
Many are enjoying better quality sleep and rest and others have reported relief from restless leg syndrome and anxiety They are also known to provide a sense of security and calm to children with special needs Both adults, and children with special needs. Weighted Blankets can help with sensory disorders or issues by providing a hugging and swaddling sensation generating calming effect.
While these claims are NOT medical declarations of the experts, they are however the testimonials and opinions of people that have experienced the many benefits of sleeping peacefully under these wonderful blankets.
WHAT THE EXPERTS AND RESEARCHERS ARE SAYING?
According to April 2, 2018, archived article on WebMD. “. . . some adults with Insomnia, depression, and anxiety are rediscovering the feeling of security ~ for a price -in the form of weighted blankets. ” to read the full article, click here, and for a more recent article on weighted blankets at WebMD April.15, 2019.
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According to analysts at Applied Behavior Analysis “Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) is a firm but gentle squeezing, hug, or holding that relaxes the nervous system. This pressure can be applied with the hands, special massage tools, or products that your child can wear or wrap around themselves to provide pressure.”
The well-learned folks at Applied Behavior Analysis Edu. further noted…, “Done properly, this therapy triggers a chain reaction in the body that releases an overall sense of calm and peace.” AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEdu.org
Healthline researchers had this to say about weighted blankets: “Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 5 to 30 pounds. The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation” They further state that “For many people, weighted blankets have become a routine part of stress relief and healthy sleep habits, and for good reason. Research suggests weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety, autism, and insomnia, among other conditions. ” **Please note that this research is ongoing, and not conclusive. To learn more, go to Healthline.
WEIGHTED BLANKETS AND ITS MANY FILLERS
There are a variety of weighted blankets, and depending on the design and how it is constructed by the maker or manufacturer, weighted blankets can be filled with:
- Micro-glass Beads
- Plastic Poly Pellets (*Note- make sure it is made from 100% polypropylene before you purchase it)
- steel Beads
- Small Aquarium Stone
- even bamboo
Now regarding Bamboo filled weighted blankets, they are known to be ideal (or people who experience night sweats or overheat due to menopause, or other medical conditions. But be sure to check with your medical professional first so that you can make a well-educated purchase decision.
FOR WHAT ARE WEIGHTED BLANKETS USED?
Weighted blankets are used for many reasons, and to state the obvious they are used for their warmth, coziness, and comfortability. But there’s more. There are Weighted Blankets for anxiety, stress, insomnia, etc. You only need to learn what weight is right for you.
WHY IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEIGHT AND SIZE
Weighted blankets come in various weights and sizes. They can weigh anywhere from 5lbs – 30lbs, and just like most 0ther blankets, they come, Twin, Full, Queen, and King size (measurements may vary depending upon the maker/manufacturer, so you might want to watch for this when making a purchase.
You can also find them in sizes, for a child’s bed. (please note, we do not recommend a weighted blanket for children under 4 years of age). As a rule of thumb, experts say, a weighted blanket should NOT exceed more than 10 percent of your body weight plus up to 2 pounds.
We strongly discourage the use of a weighted blanket that is heavier than the weight recommended for you. It could result in an uncomfortable experience that is either too hot or too restrictive robbing you of the quality sleep and deep pressure stimulation the weighted blanket experience was meant to provide.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU MAKE AN INFORMED BUYING DECISION
Here at Calm “N” Cuddled, we not only want you to make an informed purchase decision but a safe one as well. So for your safety, and convenience, we have included below an easy to follow chart and guidelines, which can help you make the best choices for you and your family.
*A weighted blanket should be 5 to 10 percent of your body weight and should also fit the size of your bed snugly.
**Note: If you are under medical care, we strongly suggest that you check with your medical professional to determine a safe weight for you.
Please take the time to read all the information provided here, as “The Weighted Blanket Experience” is more than just a concept, but a reality we want you and your family to enjoy!
The Benefits Of Weighted Blankets What People That Are Using Weighted Blankets
What The Experts And Researchers Are Saying
The Various Kinds Of Fillers Used In Weighted Blankets
How To Choose The Right Weight And Size
A Buying Guide
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