What is a Weighted Gravity Blanket?
The idea of weighted gravity blanket therapy, also called deep-touch therapy, goes back to a basic human behavior known to calm us — being held. Clinical studies suggest that when certain pressure points on the body are stimulated by touch, the brain releases serotonin. This neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating various brain functions, including sleep and mood.
The key to this stimulation is the heaviness of the blanket, which is able to create a deep pressure. Aside from swaddles, this kind of pressure is present in hugs and when we stroke animals.
At first, deep touch pressure stimulation was used to help children with ASD or SPD. These kids often experience sensory overload, meaning they have difficulty filtering out background sensory information. This can cause restlessness, anxiety, and trouble participating in seated activities and ongoing tasks. Of course, sleeping can be difficult in this state as well.
Studies have shown weighted gravity blankets can help children with ASD fall asleep. The kids benefit not only from the release of serotonin the blankets bring, but also from the decrease in heart rate and blood pressure that result from the calming effect. This allows for more control, and in turn, a better chance of rest.
Weighted blankets and deep-touch pressure benefits those without a specific sensory disorder as well.
One 2004 study involved participants complaining of sleep dysfunction, stress, and pain, and showed a reduction in nighttime cortisol levels while patients were “grounded” during sleep with weighted blankets. A reduction in cortisol, the primary stress hormone, lead to overall better sleep quality.
Weighted Gravity Blanket Weights
A weighted blanket is pretty much what it sounds like: a heavy blanket. However, there is more to a weighted blanket than just being thick and heavy.
The weight should be specific for the person who will be using it.
♦ Occupational Therapists advise 10% of a child’s weight and 5% of an adult
♦ People with sensory issues or on the ASD often prefer a heavier weight
|Weight of Person||Recommended Weight of Blanket|
|2 – 4 Stone||3 kg|
|5 – 8 Stone||4 kg|
|8+ Stone||6 kg|
|10+ Stone||8 kg|
|12+ Stone||10 kg|
Weighted blankets are made to fit the BODY and not the BED. Keep in mind:
♥ For young children, under age 5, a size small would suit best.
♣ For a child or woman a size Med will mostly suit. Remember you want the weight on the body not on the bed.
♠ For teenage boys & men a size Large would suit best.
♦ For growing children you will want to get many years from your weighted blanket. If you chose to go up in size keep in mind that all the weight will not be on the child but on the bed.
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|Small||36″ x 40″||Suitable for toddler or wheelchair user|
|Medium (most recommended size)||49″ x 59″||Will generally fit from chest to feet on an adult. Suitable for couch, car and bed|
|Large||53″ x 74″||This is a full single bed size. Suitable for any bed size.|
How they are Made
Your blanket now comes in two parts.
1. Weighted Inset 2. Removable Cover
Your Weighted Blanket Insert is now made up of several layers, this ensures even distribution of weight and prevents any beads escaping.
Our Size Small Weighted Blankets is made with double layered cotton and filled with Poly Pellets. These are premium quality plastic pellets, hypo-allergenic,non-toxic & BPA free. They are mildew & mold resistant and will not break down like organic materials (corn, rice, beans, etc).
Size Medium & Large Weighted Blankets are weighted with Premium Micro Glass Beads. As fine as sand, the glass beads are rounded to create a smooth uniform fill and have a dense feel and weight. They are Non-Toxic, Non-Allergenic, Non-Combustible and Environmentally Harmless.
Choose your Weighted Blanket Cover. These come in 100% Cotton or with a fleece / minky backing. Covers are attached to insert with ties and closed with zip closer or snaps.