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How Do Weighted Blankets Work?

How Do Weighted Blankets Work?

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already have a rough idea of what weighted blankets are about.

In a nutshell, weighted blankets are blankets that are weighed down by stuffers such as plastic pellets, poly pellets or glass beads.

When it comes to how heavy these blankets should be, a general guideline is to choose a blanket that’s 7% to 12% of your body weight. (In our experience, though, you get better results with heavier blankets, so keep that in mind!)

Now, once folks understand the basics of weighted blankets, they often start wondering… what’s the science behind weighted blankets? Do weighted blankets work, for real?

In this article, we seek to demystify weighted blankets, and address all the burning questions that you’ve got about the effectiveness of weighted blankets, once and for all.

Ready? Let’s jump right in!

Do weighted blankets work?

According to multiple studies, yes, weighted blankets do help to alleviate stress and anxiety.

We’ll get to these studies in a bit, but first, let’s explore how weighted blankets work.

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Essentially, weighted blankets provide a firm, deep pressure stimulation that’s known as Deep Touch Pressure Therapy (DTP).

If you haven’t heard about DTP before, it’s a form of firm tactile sensory input that provides proprioceptive input to the whole body.

To break it down in simple English, DTP results in a reassuring, cocooning feeling that helps to calm individuals down.

Alright, so now you know the theory behind weighted blankets, let’s talk about exactly how weighted blankets work.

When you drape a weighted blanket across you, this exerts a light, soothing pressure on you, and it produces a “stroking-like” tactile sensation when you move.

As Gaby Badre, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the sleep disorders clinic (SDS Kliniken) in Gothenburg, Sweden puts it: the tactile stimulation, when amplified by movements, results in the equivalent of a caress.

Now, when we receive this tactile stimulation, this triggers the release of neurotransmitters that act of decrease over-arousal and anxiety.

More specifically, DPT aids in the release of both serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that make people feel more relaxed.

How did weighted blankets come about?

Weighted blankets were derived from the Squeeze Machine, which is a therapy tool created by autism researcher, Temple Grandin.

When she was young, Dr. Grandin saw cows being led through a compression device that was designed to hold them in place while administering vaccinations.

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While the cows were initially displaying a large amount of anxiety, Dr. Grandin realized that they suddenly become calm and docile upon being squeezed by the machine.

This led to Dr. Grandin coming up with the idea of using DPT to provide comfort to individuals with autism.

Here, Dr. Grandin -- who was on the autism spectrum herself -- drew from her own experiences. She knew that being held and hugged comforted her, but also noted that at times, she felt irritated or alarmed when someone approached her and attempted to hug her.

Bearing this in mind, Dr. Grandin set out to create a device that could help individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders get the positive benefits of a hug without feeling confined or cornered.

After a good deal of trial and error, Dr. Grandin built the Squeeze Machine, which was modelled after the compression machine that she saw on the farm.

This therapy tool applied firm but gentle pressure throughout the patient’s body, and stimulated the release of neurotransmitters in their brain.

Now, while the Squeeze Machine was useful in alleviating stress and anxiety, it was bulky and expensive -- this led manufacturers to come up with the idea of building a lightweight device that could achieve the same benefits.

Enter… the weighted blanket!

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While weighted blankets were originally purchased by healthcare professionals, and used as a therapy tool, they’ve grown increasingly mainstream over the past few years.

Today, manufacturers and brands are selling weighted blankets directly to consumers, and it’s no longer seen as a tool specifically for those on the autism spectrum.

Instead, weighted blankets are now commonly used by folks who want to improve their sleep quality and reduce their stress levels!

Why buy a weighted blanket, when you can just give and receive hugs?

If weighted blankets work because of DPT, and DPT can be administered through hugs, then why can’t we simply use hugs to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety?

First up, individuals who have sensory processing disorders may not always be able to tolerate hugging or even touching. Because these individuals have tactile sensitivity, they get easily overwhelmed by people who touch them or hug them.

Bearing this in mind, if you’ve got an autistic child who’s displaying signs of stress or anxiety, enveloping them in a tight hug may help… but it might also serve to worsen their anxiety.

That’s where weighted blankets come in -- these blankets can apply firm but gentle pressure, and they bring about all the benefits of a hug without forcing any unwelcome or unpleasant body contact.

Autistic individuals aside, how about your average Joe who wants to use DPT to reduce their feelings of stress and anxiety?

For these folks, you can definitely seek out hugs as a form of DPT, but there are certain logistical issues that come into play here.

Assuming you live alone, you probably won’t see your close friends and family EVERY single day -- and this might make it hard for you to get DPT as and when you need it.

Even if you’re living with a partner or close friend, they might not be available to help you ease your stress or anxiety 24/7.

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Here’s an example: if you experience chronic insomnia and you don’t fall asleep till the wee hours of the morning, you can’t quite ask your partner to forgo their own sleep to cuddle you till early morning.

The bottom line? Using a weighted blanket is a lot easier, and more realistic!

Weighted blanket therapy: Relevant studies

Still not convinced by weighted blanket therapy?

The following small-scale studies all indicate that weighted blankets do work wonders when it comes to relieving anxiety and reducing insomnia. Read on to find out more!

1) Children with and without ADHD

One of the first studies to address the effectiveness of weighted blankets was published back in 2011 in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry.

This study involved 42 children aged 8 to 13. Half of the children in the group had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the other half did not have any medical conditions.

With this study, researchers tracked the children’s sleep via sleep testing for four weeks in total. In the first two weeks, the kids slept how they normally did, and in the last two weeks, they slept using a weighted blanket.

On top of conducting sleep testing, researchers also enlisted the parents’ help in keeping records, in the form of diaries.

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All in all, the weighted blankets proved to be profoundly effective for kids with ADHD. More specifically, using weighted blankets reduced the time it took for these children to fall asleep to a level comparable to children without ADHD.

The weighted blankets also reduced the number of middle-of-the-night awakenings in kids with ADHD (again, to a level comparable to children without the condition).

2) Adults with chronic insomnia

Another often-cited study that addresses the effectiveness of weighted blankets was published in 2015 in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders.

In this study, researchers recruited 31 adults with chronic insomnia, and tracked their quality of sleep across one month.

For the first week, the participants slept using their own bedding. They then spent two weeks sleeping with a weighted blanket, before going back to using their own bedding for the last week.

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The results of the study? 80% of the study’s participants indicated that they liked the weighted blanket. These participants reported a range of benefits when using the blanket, including:

  • Falling asleep more quickly
  • Sleeping for a longer period of time
  • Spending less time awake in the middle of the night
  • Feeling more refreshed in the morning

3) Patients undergoing wisdom tooth extraction

Finally, the last study we’ll be walking you through today was published in 2016 in the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association; the goal of the study was to observe the effect of weighted blankets on people in stressful circumstances.

This study involved a total of 60 dental patients whom researchers split evenly between an experimental and a control group.

While the experimental group wore a weighted blanket during the wisdom tooth extraction, the control group did not have a blanket on.

After analyzing the results, it was found that the participants who wore a weighted blanket demonstrated “enhanced activity” in the branch of the nervous system that takes over in times of low stress.

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In their conclusion, the researchers stated that there was empirical evidence that DPT can influence “autonomic arousal” during stress, mentioning that DPT may be an appropriate therapeutic modality for people in stressful conditions.

Reviews by Business Insider, Healthline, and NBC News

As weighted blankets have gone mainstream, we’ve seen plenty of reputable news outlets review these blankets to provide their own take on whether it works.

In this section, we summarize three reviews by Business Inside, Healthline, and NBC News, so you can form your own opinion on whether weighted blankets are for you!

#1: Business Insider’s weighted blankets review

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Blanket tried: 15-pound weighted blanket.

Verdict: Effective.

Reviewer’s notes: “Right away I noticed a huge change in the quality of my sleep.
Each night I get into bed as usual and drape the blanket over the duvet cover and over my body, from my toes to my shoulders. I was falling asleep faster with less tossing and turning to get comfortable and relaxed. I was staying asleep through the night, and I haven't taken any melatonin since making the purchase.”

Link to review: Business Insider

#2: Healthline’s weighted blankets review

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Blanket tried: 15-pound weighted blanket, 4 feet wide by 6 feet long.

Verdict: Took a while to get used to, but it was eventually effective.

Reviewer’s notes: “Over the next two weeks, I slept with the weighted blanket each night, and woke up beneath it each morning. I began to feel a beautiful sense of calm when I’d cozy up underneath it before bed. I enjoyed the feeling so much I even began using the blanket when reading before bed or surfing the internet on the couch.”

Link to review: Healthline

#3: NBC News’ weighted blankets review

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Blanket tried: 17-pound weighted blanket.

Verdict: Effective.

Reviewer’s notes: “I was able to just focus on the present, and that made it easier to fall asleep. I didn’t wake up once in the middle of the night, which is very rare for me and after 7 hours of solid sleep, I felt so refreshed that I didn’t even need to stop for my iced coffee on the way to office.”

Link to review: NBC News

Want to give weighted blankets a shot?

I hope you got some value out of this summary on weighted blankets and why they work. 

If you’re keen on experiencing the magic of weighted blankets with a premium one made just for adults, go ahead and purchase a Hush Blanket for yourself.

Don’t worry about changing your mind -- all Hush Blankets come with an awesome 100 Night Guarantee, and you can get a FULL refund if you decide that the blanket isn’t for you after all.

10 Tips to Finally Get Sleep In Hot Weather

10 Tips to Finally Get Sleep In Hot Weather

Although it’s almost late August and the summer is drawing to a close, the hot weather has shown little sign of letting up for many of us. We’ve talked in previous blogs of how sleeping in a cool, dark room can be helpful when trying to overcome insomnia. Unfortunately, this can often be difficult throughout the summer months when temperatures sore and daylight hours last longer. Following some of these tips and tricks may help you beat the heat and get the high-quality sleep your body requires.

  1. Cooling your head and feet

The extreme ends of our bodies, our head and feet, are where we lose most of our body heat from. This is why kids are constantly told to wear a hat during cold weather, to retain heat inside the body. During hot weather we want to want to cool our bodies by drawing the heat out in order to lower our body temperature.

There are numerous ways to we can do this. Soaking your feet in cold water for ten minutes before sleeping has been found to be effective. Wetting your hair with water is another option. You can try killing two birds with one stone by taking a cool or lukewarm shower before bed. Not only does the shower lower your body temperature, but it leaves the skin moist. As that moisture evaporates, it provides a cooling effect which sends the body to sleep.

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  1. Breathable fabrics

Nothing can trigger a sleepless night like bed sheets which trap heat and easily stick to your body. When it comes to choosing bed sheets in a summer heatwave, less is more. Avoid fabrics such as silk, as well as linen which come with high thread counts. Alternatives such as cotton and linen are less likely to trap heat.

The same can be said when it comes to choosing a pair of pyjamas. Light-colored and breathable clothing will prevent sweat from gluing you to the sheets, allowing you to catch some much-needed shut-eye.

  1. The “Egyptian Method”

The egyptians knew a thing or two about how to sleep despite the heat, and many of us still incorporate their tips and tricks for falling asleep into our nighttime routines. Try wetting a sheet or bath towel with cool water until it is damp (but not dripping). A dry towel or sheet can be placed underneath your body while the damp sheet is used as a blanket, helping you stay cool.

  1. Using air flow

If AC is not an option it can be difficult to get comfortable on a hot night. Fans are a great way of having a cool air flow throughout the room. During the summer months they are widely available from most drug stores and grocery stores. You can make the most of the cool air flow that fans provide by making a path for the air to flow. Try opening multiple windows or doors to allow for air flow movement.

Another useful trick to get the most out of your bedroom fan is to place a block of ice cubes in front of the moving fan. When the air is blown over the ice, it will provide a cooling effect, and hopefully help you fall asleep with minimal tossing and turning.

The new Hush ICED blanket will be launching soon, designed to maintain cool temperatures throughout the night. The blanket will provide the perfect combination of airflow and cooling sensations, an easy solution for a better night’s sleep. Launch date coming soon!

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  1. Get low

It’s a well-known fact; hot air rises. During extreme heat the difference between a sleepless and a sleepful night could be determined by how close to the ground you are. This means avoiding elevated sleeping positions such as hammocks or the top of a bunk bed. Loft bedrooms are a no-go area, and if you live in a 2-storey house it may be worthwhile temporarily relocating to the ground floor in order to beat the heat.

  1. Block out the light

If the heat in summer time wasn’t enough to make falling asleep a challenge, the extra hours of daylight only make matters worse. At this time of the year in Canada, the sun rises at approximately 6:30am before setting at 10pm. The extended presence of sunlight results in a delay to our body receiving the sleep-inducing signals we typically rely on to fall asleep. Combine this with the disruption created by sunlight creeping in through the curtains early in the morning, and the effects can be disastrous on a sleep schedule.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution to this problem. Blackout curtains can be hung, making it impossible for any sunlight to disrupt your sleep. If that’s too much of a commitment, eye masks are readily available in most drug stores at affordable prices.

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  1. Adjust your diet

It may sound like common sense, but if you’re struggling to keep cool during the summer months, there are certain foods and meals you should be avoiding. We can probably all agree that summer is not the season for roast dinners or overly spicy dishes. Room-temperature dishes such as salads made from vegetables, fruits and nuts are ideal. Noodles are a great addition to a salad for a change in texture. Aside from tasting great, not using the oven will go a long way in keeping your home cool.

  1. Solo sleep

While a snuggle buddy is ideal during the winter months, sharing a bed during the summer will inevitably lead to the transfer of unwanted body heat. Sleeping alone will provide the space you need to spread out and stay cool. If you want to get technical, the spread eagle position is best for staying cool as each of your arms and legs stay far apart from each other, allowing the air to circulate.

  1. Cool your pulse points

Reducing your overall body temperature has been proven to help induce sleep and there are a variety of ways this can be done. If a cold shower sounds like too much for late at night, try applying ice packs, cool compresses or cold water to your pulse point areas. The wrist and neck are the most obvious pulse points, but don’t be afraid to also try the insides of your elbows and knees. The ice or cold water will chill the body’s blood vessels, lowering overall body temperature.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Once you finally find the right tricks to help fall asleep, it’s important to sufficiently fuel your body to get the maximum possible benefits from that sleep. Staying hydrated is essential at all times, but many of us may neglect the importance of drinking water before sleep. The average person tosses and turns approximately 37-40 times per night. When this is combined with the extra sweating we do on a hot night, the need for drinking water before sleeping is obvious.

If you’ve been struggling to sleep in the hot weather, take your pick from the list of tips above. Be sure to bookmark for next summer if you’ve found them helpful!

Weighted Blanket for Sensory Issues

Weighted Blanket for Sensory Issues

For those with sensory processing disorder, navigating through everyday life can prove to be a huge challenge.

While routine noises, sounds and touch don’t seem to faze anyone else around you, these may be exceedingly disruptive or painful for you, so much to the point that they make it hard for you to go about your day-to-day activities.

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Thankfully, there are various self-soothing tools that those with sensory processing disorder may use to cope with their symptoms, including weighted blankets.

In this blog post, we walk you through all you need to know about sensory processing disorder, and discuss the benefits of a weighted blanket for sensory issues.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Simply put, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition in which an individual’s brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in via their senses.

This is a neurophysiological condition wherein sensory input is poorly detected or interpreted, and it causes people to respond atypically to situations.

For instance, say Person A (who doesn’t have SPD) and Person B (who has SPD) are walking in their neighbourhood, when they hear a loud ambulance siren.

Now, to Person A, the siren might be off-putting, but that’s about it.

For Person B, however, the siren might be overwhelming or painful, and it may even induce their body to respond physically (by vomiting or breaking out into a sweat).

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Here are some other examples of common, everyday scenarios that may be unbearable for those with SPD:

  • The feeling of clothing against skin
  • The feeling of a metal zipper against skin
  • The sound produced by writing on a chalkboard
  • The sound produced by a leaf blower or lawn mower

A helpful analogy, introduced by psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. A. Jean Ayres, is that SPD is akin to a neurological “traffic jam.”

Basically, when those with SPD take in information through their senses, this information gets jumbled and disorganized.

This leads to motor clumsiness and behavioral problems, which often snowballs into larger issues including anxiety and depression.

Sensory Processing Disorder vs Autism

SPD has been associated with autism for as long as anyone can remember, but it’s debatable as to whether SPD falls under the autism spectrum, or whether it’s a different disorder altogether.

Now, SPD is not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that medical professionals do not use SPD as a diagnosis.

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That said, according to a study by UC San Francisco, SPD has a biological basis that separates it from many other neurological disorders.

More specifically, researchers found that children affected with SPD have quantifiable differences in brain structure, which means that SPD has a “known biological underpinning” that sets it apart from other neurodevelopmental disorders.

On top of that, we now know that children can have SPD and not autismor autism but not SPD. Again, this suggests that the two are not as interlinked as we may have previously thought.

Are people with SPD hyper or hyposensitive?

While people generally assume that individuals with SPD are hypersensitive, the opposite may be true as well.

For some folks, SPD takes the form of hyposensitivity, which basically means that they don’t perceive sensory input as intensely as other people.

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If you’re experience hyposensitivity, you’ll find yourself responding less to situations that people tend to have a knee-jerk reaction to.

For instance, when you touch a hot kettle accidentally, you probably wouldn’t yank your hand away instinctively.

If you accidentally walk into a coffee table and stub your toe, it might not hurt that much, and you might barely register the sensation.

At first glance, this might not seem like a huge issue. After all, you’re experiencing less pain and discomfort than other folks... how is that a bad thing?

Consider this, though: yanking your hand away from a hot kettle is your body’s way of protecting you from something that’s harmful.

If your brain doesn’t register the pain, this might lead to you prolonging your exposure to the harmful activity or element, which will be disadvantageous for you.

On top of that, those with hyposensitivity also tend to crave extra sensory input like frequent hugs or loud noises.

If your desire for more sensory input can be easily satisfied by, say, listening to music on a slightly louder setting, that’s fine -- no harm done.

But if you’re only satisfied when you crank your speakers all the way up, and this makes it difficult for you to live with a roommate or a significant other, then this obviously presents a problem.

The bottom line? Both hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity are difficult to live with, and it’s important to learn how to self-soothe, so that you can cope with SPD more effectively.

Symptoms of SPD

Generally speaking, most people with SPD tend to exhibit symptoms since young.

If a baby is extremely fussy, cries at the drop of a hat, and is adverse to different sensations, then there’s a possibility that they have SPD.

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As this baby grows into a toddler and child, they might start becoming anxious and finicky. It’s common for children with SPD to be uncoordinated, frequently bump into things, and have poor hand-eye coordination.

Depending on whether the child is experiencing hyper or hyposensitivity, they may also exhibit different symptoms.

Those who are hypersensitive tend to:

  • Recoil from touch
  • Be unable to tolerate bright lights
  • Refuse to wear clothing because it feels scratchy
  • Refuse to go on swings and other playground equipment
  • Accidentally slam objects down or handle objects too roughly

Those who are hyposensitive tend to:

  • Be more touchy-feely
  • Not understand personal space
  • Have a high pain tolerance
  • Find it hard to sit still
  • Love jumping and leaping around
  • Love fast and intense movement (eg being thrown in the air, jumping on trampolines, going on roller coasters)

What causes SPD?

Unfortunately, scientists haven’t pinpointed the exact cause behind SPD.

That said, preliminary research shows that SPD is often inherited, and that prenatal and birth complications might play a part in causing SPD.

Regardless of the factors behind SPD, the important thing is to understand your (or your child’s condition), and learn how to control your environment so that you can minimize disruptions to your daily routine.

Using sensory integration therapy to cope with sensory issues

For most individuals with SPD, experts recommend sensory integration therapy, which basically involves exposing someone with SPD to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way.

The hope is that over time, this person’s brain will adapt and allow them to process and react to sensations more effectively.

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Now, there are a wide range of strategies utilized in sensory integration therapy, and these seek to help those with SPD reduce (or increase) their:

  • Noise sensitivity
  • Tactile sensitivity
  • Taste sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity

Amongst other things.

For instance, say you’re dealing with tactile sensitivity issues, and you feel like having a panic attack whenever someone hugs you.

Here, you might want to start small, and start showing your affection to your friends and families by lightly touching their arm (and allowing them to do the same to you).

At the same time, don’t be afraid to set boundaries, and tell the people around you that you’re not comfortable with hugging.

How to use a weighted blanket for sensory issues

Another way of increasing your exposure to sensory stimulation in a controlled environment? Using a weighted blanket.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about weighted blankets, these are blankets that are filled with “stuffers” so that they exert a firm, comforting pressure on the user.

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Weighted blankets come in various shapes and sizes, and people find that blankets that are 10% of their body weight tend to work the best. When you get under your weighted blanket, it basically feels like someone is enveloping you in a deep, firm bear hug.

Wondering what’s the science behind weighted blankets?

Well, these blankets exert Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), which:

  • Activates your “feel good” hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, and
  • Reduces your stress hormones, cortisol.

Simply put, these blankets are proven to have a calming effect, and be able to reduce stress and anxiety. They can also help you to fall asleep more quickly, and have a better night’s sleep.

Now, weighted blankets are used by plenty of people worldwide, including those suffering from ADHD, autism, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and more. They’re also effective for individuals with SPD and sensory issues.

Here’s an example: if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the sensations that you’re experiencing, and you feel a meltdown coming on, simply get under your blanket, and it’ll calm you down.

What if you’re feeling distracted by the scratchiness of your sleepwear or the sound your air-conditioner makes, and you can’t fall asleep? The same thing goes -- burrow under your blanket, and it’ll help to reduce your stress levels, and lull you to sleep.

Does a weighted blanket really work for sensory issues?

Obviously, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution or magic bullet that can cure you or your child from SPD.

And, in the spirit of full disclosure: not ALL people with SPD will find weighted blankets helpful.

That said, many folks with SPD (and those with children who have SPD) have come forward to state that weighted blankets are an absolute godsend for them.

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For example, in a blog post titled “Must Haves for Kids with Sensory Needs”, blogger Sharla Kostelyk shares that weighted blankets make her and her kids’ lives so much easier.

In Sharla’s own words: Two of our kids who like deep pressure have a very hard time sleeping without their weighted blankets. Those same two have an easier time attending during our homeschool lessons if they wear a weighted cape or neck curve. They also have weighted stuffed animals that seem to help calm them.

Anecdotal evidence aside, there’s also scientific proof that weighted vests help to calm down individuals, and could be a good tool in occupational therapy.

More specifically, The American Occupational Therapy Association conducted a study on weighted vests and DTP, and found that these help people to transition from “fight or flight” mode to a more peaceful state of rest.

Quick aside: weighted vests are essentially the same product as weighted blankets, but in a different format. Weighted blankets are generally used at home, when you're at rest or sleeping; on the other hand, you can put on a weighted vest and go outdoors to run errands, or to tackle your other to-dos.

SPD weighted blanket: Want to try a weighted blanket for sensory issues?

If you have SPD, the only way to figure out if a weighted blanket will be beneficial for you is to try it out for yourself.

Want to experience a weighted blanket? Here at Hush Blankets, all your blankets come with an awesome 100 Nights Guarantee.

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Here’s what this means: you can test-drive your blanket for 100 nights, with zero risk.

If you find that the blanket doesn’t work for you, and it doesn’t reduce your SPD symptoms, then simply return it to us. We’ll process a full refund for you, inclusive of shipping fees.

For many folks with SPD, using a weighted blanket is an exceptionally effective way to kickstart their sensory integration therapy. We’ve got our fingers crossed that this is also the case for you!