Weighted blankets are blankets which have added weight. This weight comes in the form of tiny glass or plastic beads. The weight in a weighted blanket is designed to give a feeling of a human hug. They help to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, sleep disorders, autism and trouble with focusing. In general a weighted blanket is good for a relaxing night sleep.
How do weighted blankets work?
The pressure from a weighted blanket is designed to stimulate the sensory system from the skin. It works by giving a feeling of being cuddled and hugged. This triggers the production and release of serotonin and edorphins. Seerotonin has been shown to help with conditions such as depression, anxiety, autism, digestion, behaviour, memory, sleep, stress and ADHD.
The weighted blanket acts as a calming agent. It helps bring a feeling of relaxation and allows people to improve their sleep and conditions.
How do weighted blankets help children?
For children who find it challenging to stay calm, relaxed or concentrate, a weighted blanket could be of benefit. It can help to introduce a weighted blanket as a part of a night time routine. There are many designs that can be used to help create a calm blanket. When buying a weighted blanket it is important to remember that it should be between five to ten percent of the body weight.
The clear benefit of a weighted blanket is not limited to children with additional needs. There has been proof for benefit in children with autism, sensory processing disorder and others who may not have received a diagnosis.
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