How does a weighted blanket work?

25 May, 2017 / Mateusz

Weighted blanket is particularly recommended for sensory integration disorders, developmental disorders (including ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, etc.), and neurotic disorders (e.g. Anxiety disorder, neurosis, depression, etc.).

A weighted blanket and better control over body and emotions

The weighted blanket is not a normal cover. Its weight and size are closely matched to the needs of the person who sleeps under it. The weight of the duvet causes pressure on the joints, tendons and muscles of the wearer, allowing the person to feel great and gain control over reflexes, mind, and body. Specialists define this state as self-organization.

Therapist Tina Champagne saw that under the weight of the duvet it is easier to know and understand the reflexes of one’s own body, and to overcome negative emotions. The same therapist described the role of sensory (comfort) duvet as a very effective means of reducing the risk of depression and limiting panic attacks.

Improving sleep quality

The comfort blanket also has a very positive effect on the quality of sleep. In both those with sleep problems (such as those with developmental and neuro developmental disorders) and those who are healthy but with sleep problems, the comfort blanket works the same way – it reduces sleep time and reduces the number of disturbances at night. The pressure of the duvet makes the dream more peaceful and deeper, and the well-being of the sleeping nights is much better. In a broader perspective, the use of stress blankets improves the quality of life, including the improvement of social functioning.

Blanket for relief of chronic pain

Very good results have been shown from the use of blankets by people suffering from chronic pain. The practice has shown that the blanket reduces pain and shortens the treatment period. Tina Champagne, on the basis of patient observation, pointed to the ability to “spread” pain into larger areas of the body instead of accumulate it in one place, in high intensity. Such a transfer of pain means a great relief in suffering, especially if it is very intense.

Using of weighted blanket by children and adults

The sensory weighted blanket, despite its healthy properties, should not be used randomly and arbitrarily. Keep in mind that this is a therapeutic tool, so it is always a good idea to consult your interest in using a weighted blanket with a therapist or doctor, especially if you have suspicion of respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease or scoliosis.

The blanket is recommended for both children and adults. In children, the rules of using the blanket should be strictly observed. Parameters of the duvet should be perfectly matched to the weight and growth of the child. Always cover the child with a duvet if it does not affect the child’s movements and is not placed over the neck.

Adults may use this cover with less care. It is not necessary as strict as for children, adjusting the weight and size of the blanket. In spite of the greater freedom of choice of blanket, its effect on the adults produces excellent results.

Weighted blanket are particularly recommended for such disorders and diseases as ADHD, Allele Developmental Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Haller Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Traumatic Brain traumas, restless legs syndrome, epilepsy, neurosis, depression, bipolar disorder,restful sleep, insomnia, menopause.