Weighted blankets are often linked to sensory processing disorders as they aim to help with self regulation.
Sleep is a fundamental human requirement. Without good quality sleep we struggle to function and complete basic daily tasks. For this reason we will happily invest in products, experiences and activities that aim to help improve our quality of sleep. This is especially true when it comes to our children's sleep. when a young person struggles to sleep it affects all members of the household. Weighted blankets, it seems, are the latest sleep trend in the parenting world.
What Is A Weighted Blanket?
A weighted blanket is exactly as the name suggests. This blanket is significantly heavier than your regular blanket and may be filled with pellets or beads. The material, however, is usually a breathable cotton ensuring that overheating does not happen.
What Are They Used For?
Many people believe that weighted blankets promote better sleep. The evenly dispersed weight is said to provide a sense of security and calm in the same way that a baby swaddle works. The theory is that the blankets feels like a hug of sorts and when we are being hugged we feel safe, secure and ultimately more relaxed.
Who Can Use Them?
Weighted blankets have become a popular trend in the parenting world but there is a whole market for adult sized weighted blankets. Many people attribute it as the reason for their sleep improving. Weighted blankets are often linked to sensory processing disorders as they aim to help with self regulation. The firm but gentle pressure aims to work as a calming tool. They can also help with restlessness and tossing and turning which can disrupt sleep for both adults and children. A number of educational facilities use weighted blankets as a solution for soothing anxiety.
What If It Is Too Heavy?
The blanket should provide firm but gentle pressure. To achieve this the blanket should be about 10% of the person's body weight. This helps to avoid overheating and discomfort. Remember the blanket's purpose is to promote relaxation and to help a person transition to sleep. It is important to ensure that you buy the correct sized blanket so do your research in this department.
Where Can I Buy One?
There are a number of Irish retailers such as Sensational Kids Deepsleep.ie and Thinkingtoys.ie.