Weighted blankets, also called a gravity blanket or anxiety blankets, are fast becoming a popular, must-have item. These blankets provide benefits for both adults and children with a number of disorders and conditions including autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, stress and insomnia.
A blanket that is weighted provides deep touch pressure stimulation to the user and many people who try these blankets report that they feel less stress and that their sleep has improved.
Research proves it!
Participants in a number of studies have enjoyed the benefits of weighted blankets and they have seen first-hand how these items reduce many symptoms resulting in lack of sleep due to an over-active nervous system. A recent study has even shown that for many adults these products are their #1 rated choice for therapy in reducing stress, above any other option. Many individuals who previously may have consulted a doctor or resorted to other forms of medication for treatment of stress or insomnia, are now turning to weighted products.
Are you looking for ways to switch your brain off as soon as your head hits the pillow? Do you wish for something to help you sleep better at night and brighten your mood in the morning?
There is nothing better than the pressure of a hug from a friend or someone you love when you are feeling overwhelmed, or the mind is racing and you need to calm down. An anxiety blanket will give the effect and sensation of a gentle hug which will allow you to experience relaxation and a state of calmness. It will give your body the sensory input that it craves and will have you drifting off to sleep in no time! Say goodbye to sleep anxiety in no time!
Weighted products such as blankets are not only for replacing a quilt or doona at bed-time! Many people enjoy the pressure of a weighted throw blanket on top of them when relaxing in front of the tv or slumping back in the bean bag.
Kids are increasingly using lap blankets at school as a way of concentrating in a classroom and calming their nervous system in an environment that for many is becoming a lot more stressful.
It is important when choosing a blanket to make the right choice!
1. Get the correct weight for your size or sensory needs – occupational therapy usually recommends 10% of your body weight, however everyone is different, therefore some people may prefer a slightly lighter or heavier weight depending on their sensory needs.
2. Choose a fabric or material that is soft to touch and will suit your needs. Check out the online range of anxiety blankets for a range of different options. Cotton is a great fabric to choose, offers breathability and is machine washable. Or perhaps choose sensory minky or smooth minky for a super soft feel. The choices are devine!
3. Even weight distribution – many blankets, especially cheaper versions will have uneven weight distribution and they can be very uncomfortable. There are different filling options available including poly pellets and glass beads. Smaller pockets and an even weight distribution is a must.
Shipping is available Australia wide on all blankets and their will be a fabric to suit your sensory or climatic requirements. We stand by our products so take a look at the reviews as this may help you decide on the best blanket for your needs. Remember there are now some cheap products starting to emerge on the market and not all kinds of blankets will suit your needs, so buyer beware! Go for good quality fabrics that offer breathability and choose blankets from a brand you can trust.