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Do you like the feeling of someone giving you a big, tight hug or being wrapped up tightly with blankets at night? If so, a weighted blanket may be beneficial for you.
When used, a weighted blanket provides deep pressure to your body’s joints and muscles, known as “proprioceptive input.” That means the joints and muscles receive sensations that help you be more aware of your body and understand where it is in space. Some activities can have the same effect, such as weight bearing activities, pushing or pulling heavy items, or through consistent deep pressure, like that of a weighted blanket.
Typically, a weighted blanket is a useful tool to help an individual control excessively high energy levels or help maintain a regulated nervous system. Many individuals have a hard time relaxing their bodies after a long and busy day. A weighted blanket can provide calming input, which helps organize the body’s nervous system to promote relaxation and support healthier sleep patterns.
It can also help support and maintain a calm, safe level of arousal during activities of daily living.
For a child to be at an optimal arousal level for age-appropriate daily functioning, a child’s body needs to be calm, yet alert to engage in their environment. A weighted blanket will provide both tactile and proprioceptive input throughout a child’s body to increase his/her body awareness and comfort, and promote a calm body.
Individuals who can benefit from the sensations this tool provides include:
A weighted blanket can be used any time, although its primary goal is to assist in both falling asleep and staying asleep. It can be used:
There are some safety tips to remember when using a weighted blanket:
Please remember that weighted blankets can be wonderful, but they are not for everyone.