As the name says “Weighted Blanket”, is a heavy blanket or you can also call it as an extra weight blanket which is heavier than the usual blankets which one purchase to be used for daily basis. However, it is not just the thickness or the heavy nature of the blanket which defines its characteristics. The weight of the blanket should be very specific to the individual who would be using it. The weight of a weighted blanket could range from 5 pounds to 25 pounds. However, before going to buy a weighted blanket, there is a thumb rule which one should follow. The rule is that the weight of the blanket should be ten percent of the individual’s weight who would be using the blanket adding a pound or two. Hence for example, if the individual weighs around 180 pounds then the weight of the blanket should be 20 pounds. The blanket weight is not consistent for all the individuals, it would vary. If you going to buy a weighted blanket, then ensure to go through the list of size and weights before choosing the ideal one for you.
Weighted blankets are known to benefit an individual in a variety of way such as it helps to improve the sleep of the individuals, ensures greater concentration and focus at work or classroom, reduces signs of anxiety, very useful for those kids who suffer from ADHD and Autism.
The science behind weighted blankets is the deep touch pressure or DTP. This DTP is all about applying gentle pressure to the body as to release the chemical in the body called as serotonin. This chemical in the body is related to providing relaxation. It is like as if the weighted blanket is providing a huge hug to the individual wherein it makes them feel safe, guarded and very secure. Those individuals or children who suffer from autism they have low levels of serotonin in the body hence weighted blankets can be very useful for them. Also, it is very useful for those suffering from depression, aggression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. This deep touch pressure has been seen to work on many individuals especially children who suffer from autism. In the world of psychiatric care, weighted blankets are known to be one of the powerful tools for helping those individuals who are possibly suffering from certain kind of mental changes and are on the verge of losing control of their mind.
The weighted blankets are used to relax a person in various ways or techniques such as covering the entire body of the individual while sleeping and providing them the deep pressure technique. The weighted blankets would help to ground the body while one is sleeping. It does so by pushing it downwards. This process is also known as grounding or earthing hence it provides a deep calming effect. There have been studies which show that it helps to reduce levels of cortisol which is a stress related hormone. The brain starts to release cortisol when it thinks that body is under some kind of attack hence it is a response towards this attacks. Any kind of stress in the body can lead to an increase in the levels of cortisol. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on the body’s immune system. The cortisol levels also lead to an increase in the blood sugar levels thus affecting the digestive tract of the body.
Minky Weighted Blankets –
Weighted blankets are also made from Minky fabric. It is a high-quality luxurious fabric. Minky fabric is smooth and very soft like fleece. It provides warmth to the individual. This fabric is more expensive than the regular fabric per yard. Minky blankets are made available in different sizes depending on the weight of the person.