Weighted Blankets

The Lotus Blanket

The Lotus Blanket is about to become your new favourite blanket. This premium made weighted blanket is carefully filled with glass beads, each sewn into individual compartments, to produce a perfectly distributed weighted blanket. The glass beads are completely noise free, allowing for a quiet and peaceful night’s sleep.

The outer blanket is a beautiful, soft and warm Minky Fabric, that also breaths allowing the excess heat out. Perfect for a nice cosy night’s sleep, or just a bit of calm down time on the couch. If preferred, the outer blanket can be changed in warmer weather to our beautiful breathable cotton covers, which can be purchased separately.

The weighted blanket is machine washable.   Simply wash the blanket and cover separately on a cold wash.

 

How Weighted Blankets Work

Put simply, Weighted blankets work in a very similar way to being embraced in a hug. The same way a hug is comforting and calming, so is a weighted blanket. The more technical explanation is Deep Pressure Stimulation.

Deep Pressure Stimulation is a kind of therapy that has many benefits, both physical and psychological. It helps the body to relax, by applying gentle pressure, and used at night or during times of stress can help the body calm down and fall asleep faster. This type of therapy can be a great addition or replacement for other sleep-inducing methods, like medication.

Deep Pressure Stimulation works by helping the body switch from running its sympathetic nervous system, to running its parasympathetic nervous system. It helps the brain switch from “Fight or Flight” to “Rest and Digest”.

The sympathetic nervous system is the “Alert” system in the body. It’s the one that takes charge in stressful situations. When the sympathetic nervous system takes charge for too long, you may feel anxious, tired, on edge and irritable. You don’t sleep well, and your digestive system plays up. Kids with autism and sensory processing disorders can have a difficult time turning off their sympathetic nervous system.  Using a weighted blanket can help them make this transition naturally.

The parasympathetic nervous system brings a sense of calm and peace to the mind and body. When the parasympathetic nervous system takes over, your muscles relax, your heart rate slows and circulation improves.

As pressure is applied to the body, it can cause the release of certain brain chemicals such as Dopamine and Seratonin, the feel-good neurotransmitters of the brain, creating a parasympathetic response in the body ( A more relaxed state), and can reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone)

Seratonin in the brain is thought to regulate anxiety, happiness and mood. A weighted blanket can increase serotonin production. Seratonin in the body turns into Melatonin, which is the body’s natural sleep-inducing hormone. These chemicals help to put busy minds to ease and boost moods, allowing for a restful night’s sleep.

 

The Benefits of using a weighted blanket

There are many Benefits of a weighted blanket, and many people who could benefit from using a weighted blanket.

Weighted Blankets can be used to calm down and relax in many different ways.  Covering your whole body to help with sleep, wrapping it around your shoulders or over you lap to help you relax and calm down.

People who may benefit from using a weighted blanket are, but not limited to people suffering;

  • Sleep Disorders – Weighted therapy can help increase the levels of Serotonin and Melatonin overnight.
  • Insomnia – A weighted blanket can help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer.
  • ADD/ADHD – Many kids use weighted blankets to help calm down, relax and fall asleep
  • Aspergers and Autism – Many kids use weighted blankets to help calm down, relax and fall asleep.
  • Anxiety and Anxious Feelings – A weighted blanket can help your body transition from a state of anxiousness and panic, to a state of calmness.

These are just some of the people who can benefit from the Deep Pressure Stimulation provided by a weighted blanket.

Really who doesn’t feel better after a good nights sleep, and in a calm and relaxed state of mind.  The Benefits of getting a good sleep, and being in a calm and relaxed state are endless…..

How to chose the ideal blanket

The ideal blanket should be 10% of your body weight, but can be used from 5% – 15% and still be beneficial.

Weighted blankets are not recommended for children under 2 years of age, and you should make sure the person using the blanket can safely remove it themselves before use.