Therapeutic Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Kids and Adults
Weighted blankets are a hot topic of conversation lately, especially those looking for alternative treatments in place of medicine. There are so many different reasons these blankets are awesome. They are mostly known for helping kids on the spectrum, but can also be helpful to adults suffering from PTSD, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, and even insomnia.
Weighted blankets like THESE work in the same way that swaddling an infant or receiving a hug does - with firm touch being enjoyable to most people. In contrast, lighter touches are often thought of as irritating and cause the body to react - like when a fly lands on your leg. Having this kind of pressure placed on your body stimulates your brain to release dopamine and serotonin - the bodily chemicals that increase calmness and relaxation.
Made with plastic poly pellets like those found in Beanie Babies, weighted blankets are heavier than your usual bedding or household throw. Benefits to using these blankets include better sleep, less stress, and less anxiety. They offer a feeling of safety to trauma survivors as well as help those with high energy focus on homework and other projects.
If you are interested in finding a blanket for yourself or your child, Lifetime Sensory Solutions has a great chart (HERE) that can help you determine what size and weight would be best. You can also email them for custom requests.
Lifetime Sensory Solutions has offered an exclusive discount code for Mix 106 listeners. Use "MIX106" for $10 off ALL blankets, excluding lap pads!
Want to order and get one soon? They have a variety of sizes, weights and patterns on Amazon - available for FREE two day shipping with Prime! See the variety of options available, HERE.
Read more about the benefits of using a weighted blanket, HERE.