Weighted blankets are blankets created with added weights built within the blanket layers. The added weight is created in the blanket built in the fabric layers using tiny glass or plastic beads sewn into the layers. The weight in a weighted blanket is designed to give a feeling of a human hug and replicate the closeness of contact. They help to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, sleep disorders, autism and trouble with focusing. In general, a weighted blanket is good for aiding in the relaxation of children and adults, helping the opportunity for restful night sleep for all members of the family.[show_more more='Read More' less=Less]
The pressure across the body from a weighted blanket is designed to stimulate the sensory system from increased pressure across the surface of the body's skin. The main benefit for the user is the increased feeling of being cuddled and hugged by the blanket itself. This triggers the body's own production and release of additional serotonin and endorphins. Research has shown serotonin can help the body with mental conditions such as increased depression, anxiety, autism, poor digestion, behaviour, memory, sleep, stress and ADHD.
The weighted blanket acts as a calming agent providing the added pressure to the body and skin. It helps bring a feeling of increased relaxation and allows people to experience improved sleep and conditions related to anxiety.
For children who find it challenging to remain in a calm state, remain relaxed or concentrate, a weighted blanket could be of benefit. Results have seen that the introduction of a weighted blanket as a part of a nighttime routine can create a better environment for relaxation and improved sleep. Many weighted blanket designs are available and choosing a design or pattern that will be accepted and enjoyed by the child helps the child enjoy and accept it as one of their personal bedroom toys.
When buying a weighted blanket it is important to remember that it should be between five to ten per cent of the user's body weight, to be fully effective in the reduction of anxiety and sleep disorders,
The benefits of a weighted blanket are not limited to children with additional needs, sleep disorders or anxiety at bedtime. There has been medical research projects and subsequential proof for the added benefits in children with autism, sensory processing disorder and others who may not have received a diagnosis.
Improvements can be seen with the introduction of a weighted blanket into nighttime or nap routines. Improved sleep is a blessing for both the children and adults caring for children with special needs. the reduction of anxiety in adults and children whilst using the weighted blanket benefits both the child and the carer in improved calmer evenings and nights.
You can use the weighted blanket every night if it proves to help your child, fall asleep quicker, and remain asleep during the course of the night. Investing in a weight blanket that can improve your child's sleep with the therapy of Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) is worth every penny spent.
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