Do Weighted Blankets Really Work?
If you suffer from insomnia, anxiety disorder, restless leg syndrome, ADHD, ASD listen up. You may benefit from a weighted blanket. According to a to an article written in the Science Med Central Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, weighted blankets can provide a calming effect.
Here's how it works?
Weighted blankets contain pockets of beads, glass or chains, that are equal in weight and evenly distributed throughout the blanket. This weight creates a grounding effect on the body. That grounding effect is said to reduce stress by slowing the production of cortisol, which creates the fight or flight feeling. Lower cortisol levels stimulate the release of serotonin and dopamine, which helps us relax and sleep.
Shopping for a weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are not recommended for children under 8 years of age. Choose a blanket that is 5 to 10% of the user’s body weight. The fabric should be a natural fibre such as cotton so that air can circulate to keep the body from overheating. The size of the pockets and the construction of the blanket is important because while some shifting of beads can act as a caressing sensation, you don’t want the beads to shift too much causing uneven weight distribution.
At The Artisans Gifting Company, our weighted blankets are custom made according to the weight and fabric preference of our customer. We start with four layers of natural cotton fabric, which allows the skin to breathe. The first two layers consist of pockets that are filled with polypropylene beads. Each pocket of beads is weighed for consistency, to ensure even distribution of weight throughout the blanket. The pockets are sewn and constructed to allow only slight shifting of the beads to maintain a continuous grounding effect. Once the pockets are constructed, a layer of 80/20 cotton/polyester batting is added to the bottom of the bead layer for comfort. The top layer is pieced and the top and bottom layers are sewn into the top and bottom to form the blanket. Binding is applied and hand stitched to keep everything in place.
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