7 Sensory Activities For You and Your Family Weighted blankets are surging in popularity thanks to their ability to relieve stress, make a person feel calmer, and improve sleep. While weighted blankets have been used for decades within the special needs community, and particularly for children with special needs, the benefits have also shown to impact children and adults without special needs.

What is a Weighted Blanket and how does it Work?

Weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like, a blanket with some additional weight to it to give a slight feeling of weight, or “hug” to the person underneath. Weighted blankets were designed as a deep pressure input technique to gently apply pressure to help the body increase the release of serotonin and calm the nervous system. Like a firm hug, the deep pressure signals a calming, organizing effect in the body and often results in improved sleep and overall improved behavioral symptoms.
The Benefits of Weighted Blankets - Weighted Disc Blanket
Weighted Disc Blanket
The Benefits of Weighted Blankets - Soft Plush Weighted Blanket
Soft Plush Weighted Blanket

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A WEIGHTED BLANKET?

There are many known benefits to using a weighted blanket. Research has shown that weighted blankets may provide a safe alternative to medications or other types of treatment, as they can help reduce symptoms. Weighted blankets have shown the following benefits:

  • Improved Sleep
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Improved Sensory Processing
  • Improved Attention and Focus
  • Improved Transitions

HOW AND WHEN TO USE A WEIGHTED BLANKET?

There is no right or wrong time to use a weighted blanket. The individual applications of weighted blankets are specific to what, when, and how the user deems necessary to benefit from the calming, deep pressure input. Some suggestions for using a weighted blanket include the following:
  • Bedtime–When it’s bedtime, place a weighted blanket on top of your preferred bedding — just the trick for a night’s sleep. In addition, use the weighted blanket to relax before turning out the lights. Also check that the individual can move easily under the blanket and be able to remove it too.
  • Homework or Schoolwork–Weighted blankets are ideal for calming during daily activities in school and at home. When a child or adult is reading or concentrating on a task, wrap a flexible, soft weighted blanket around the shoulders. Or rest the folded blanket on the lap to support calm and focus.
  • Traveling–Whether on the road or in the air, fold up a blanket and use it as a lap pad for long car trips or airplane rides. This extra weight and pressure can reduce the stress of travel time and make the journey more peaceful for everyone.
  • Playtime–Roll your child up like a burrito, hot dog or rocket ship! Use an LED blanket for the bun. The rotating colors provide additional sensory input to calm and engage. Crawl inside the penguin for a fun playtime experience while getting the benefits of calm and deep pressure.
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    LED Blanket
    The Benefits of Weighted Blankets - Penguin Weighted Blanket
    Penguin Weighted Blanket
  • Relaxing/Watching TV–Sit on the couch and relax after a long day by draping a blanket over your legs, or laying on the couch to watch TV or read a book. The extra weight will have a calming effect and relieve stress built up from a busy day.


Which Weighted Blanket should I choose?

The weighted blankets can be used with both children and adults. They come in different sizes, weights, and materials. When it comes to these factors, it typically comes down to user preference. When choosing the weight of the blanket, most therapists would recommend that the weight of the blanket typically be 10% of the user’s body weight. Always monitor the use of a weighted blanket to ensure the right amount of weight and time.

Weighted Blankets are Safety Tested and Durable

Most importantly, we test our weighted blankets to meet or exceed government safety standards. Also, we test seam strength for maximum durability. Read our safety instructions before using a weighted blanket!