After living through a pandemic, many of us are looking for more natural ways to calm our anxieties, relax, improve our mental health, and our sleep. Deep Touch Pressure Therapy has been used for years to calm and reduce stress in children and individuals affected by ADHD, Autism, PTSD, and even Tourette’s Syndrome. With weighted blankets, you can mimic that beneficial therapy in your own home, allowing you to improve your mood, get more sleep, and reduce your stress and anxiety naturally.
1. Sleeping with Weighted Blankets – Improve Your Sleep Quality
Insomnia and sleep orders are increasingly becoming a problem for much of the population. Increasingly, doctors are writing more and more prescriptions for sleep aids and often these chemicals let you sleep, but the side effects can often be uncomfortable and just as debilitating as not getting restful sleep. Many of us are able to fall asleep and sleep through the night but wake up feeling unrested and groggy.
Studies have shown that weighted blankets will not only allow you to stay asleep but they can also improve the quality of your sleep, allowing you to get quality rest and feel refreshed upon waking. By encouraging your body to release natural hormones such as serotonin and melatonin to improve your mood, relax your body, and signal your body that it is time to sleep.
Whether you are suffering from a restless mind and can’t fall asleep or you just can’t manage to stay asleep, Weighted Blankets can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The gentle weight of the blanket will softly lull you to sleep and keep your body relaxed so that you can reduce the number of times that you wake up during the night without the negative side effects of prescription sleep aids.
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Weighted blanket chart
Recommended Weight Chart for Weighted Blankets
- Your Blanket should be about 10% of your body weight.
- Adults, feel free to add extra 1-2 lbs extra for additional pressure.
- Kid’s blankets should be about 10% of body weight plus 1-2lbs.
- If there are two of you, or you would like a bigger blanket buy a 20/25lbs king or queen.
- 30-49 lbs
- 50-79 lbs
- 80-99 lbs
- 100-119 lbs
- 120-149 lbs
- 150-179 lbs
- 180-199 lbs
- 200+ lbs
- 5 lbs
- 8 lbs
- 10 lbs
- 12 lbs
- 15 lbs
- 18 lbs
- 20 – 25 lbs
Size Chart for Weighted Blankets for Sleep
The Best Weighted Blankets at 10 lbs and 20lbs (pounds)
The CoolMax 20lb Weighted Blanket uses revolutionary fabric technology to provide the comfort of a weighted blanket with breathability that will keep you from getting too hot while you sleep. It comes in a variety of colors, sizes, and weights to fit your preferences.
The Mosaic Gray Minky Weighted Blanket is a great choice for kids and adults. The minky fabric is plush and soft to the touch and is perfect to keep you warm and cozy at night. Mosaic’s Minky Weighted Blankets are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and weights.
Mosaic’s Cotton Weight Blankets are made from 100% cotton which means they are versatile and machine washable to fit any lifestyle. Available in a variety of sizes, colors, and weights, Cotton Weighted Blankets are perfect for first time weighted blanket users.
Mosaic’s White Organic Cotton Weighted Comforter provides deep tissue relaxation and comfort for couples or singles. It is the perfect addition to any bedroom to create a more relaxing environment. Available in several different sizes and weights, there is a Mosaic Organic Cotton Weighted Comforter to fit your needs.
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2. Weighted Blankets for Stress
Using a weighted blanket provides Deep Touch Pressure Therapy which has been proven in numerous scientific studies to reduce cortisol. Increased levels of cortisol are most often associated with higher levels of stress that can lead to anxiety, depression, and even weight gain.
By using a Weighted Blanket nightly you will repeatedly lower your cortisol levels, sleep better, and in turn reduce your stress levels. In addition to lowering cortisol levels in the body, Deep Touch Pressure Therapy has also been shown to stimulate the body to release oxytocin, which can work as a type of natural antidepressant which can, in turn, have a positive impact on lowering stress levels.
3. Weighted Blankets for Children and Toddlers
Children can often find big emotions are hard for them to deal with or comprehend. This can lead to misbehavior and sobbing breakdowns. Weighted Blankets are an excellent calming tool to help children calm themselves, gather their emotions, and adapt to stressful feelings and situations.
Deep Touch Pressure Therapy works wonders for children on the Autism spectrum or those suffering from unregulated behaviors due to ADHD. It is a great tool to help these children unwind from the day or handle stressful situations or transitions between activities.
4. Weighted Blankets for Anxiety
After living through a pandemic for the last year and a half so many of us have experienced heightened anxiety in our day to day lives. Weighted Blankets are a great tool to help reduce anxiety and depression. Using a weighted blanket applies enough pressure to the body to slowly release chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and melatonin, that is known to reduce anxiety. These chemicals are also capable of lowering blood pressure and slowing your heart rate which allows your body to begin to relax and your anxiety to fade.
5. Weighted Blankets for Chronic Conditions and Pains
While a weighted blanket is never a cure for a chronic condition or chronic pain, Deep Touch Pressure Therapy has been proven to help reduce pain and provide relaxation and comfort. The bit of relief provided by the Weighted Blanket can help you rest, which is often what the body needs most when dealing with chronic conditions. Fatigue and stress often make these types of chronic conditions even worse so rest is a paramount part of the treatment plans for chronic pain.
Weighted blankets can also be an important part of a treatment plan for autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and neuropathy. Again, a weighted blanket can’t cure these conditions, but it can provide both relief and rest. Deep Touch Pressure Therapy, like that mimicked by the use of a weighted blanket, encourages the body to release serotonin. When serotonin levels rise, relief from pain and fatigue is common.
6. Weighted Blankets for Symptoms of PTSD
It is estimated that roughly 70% of Americans will experience trauma at some time in their lifetime and more than 8% of Americans will develop post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can vary greatly by individual but most people experience anxiety, nightmares, and lack of restful sleep. All of these symptoms can be improved with the use of a Weighted Blanket. Studies have shown that weighted blankets can also help stabilize mood swings which are also common in those suffering from PTSD.
7. Weighted blankets for ADHD
Children and adults who have ADHD often struggle with impulse control and the ability to focus on tasks. Studies involving deep touch therapy and weighted blankets have been shown to help those suffering from ADHD focus, improving on-task behaviors and impulse control. The calming weight of the blankets helps hyperactive children manage insecurity and hyperactivity, thus improving their behavior.
How do weighted blankets work?
Weighted blankets are made with a grid of pockets filled with pellets. The weight created by these pellets are distributed across your body by the weighted blankets and simulates deep touch therapy to reduce stress levels and anxiety by lowering cortisol in the body and encouraging the release of positive chemicals such as oxytocin, melatonin, and serotonin. These chemicals have been shown to even lower stress responses in people undergoing stressful situations such as wisdom teeth surgery. Weighted blankets have the ability to use deep touch therapy to also improve the mood and behavior of individuals with ADHD, autism, and intellectual disabilities.
How are weighted blankets made?
Mosaic weighted blankets are handmade by a team of seamstresses in Austin, TX. Each blanket is made from a variety of sustainable fabrics. The blankets are hand-sewn into quilted squares that create pockets. The pockets are then filled with polyfill to create a plush surface and BPA-free, hypoallergenic plastic beads to provide the weight of the blanket. This hand-sewn approach and attention to detail provides a high quality and consistent weighted blanket.
Laura’s personal story with weighted blankets
How One Woman’s Stress Created Mosaic Weighted Blankets
Mosaic Weighted Blankets as well as Mosaic’s other products were developed by founder Laura LeMond.
Born premature and a twin, Laura’s care team and parents found early on that she and her twin sister would cuddle close together when sleeping. This cuddling sensation mimicked the womb and calmed the babies.
As an adult, Laura began looking for a way to mimic that calming sensation in her own life and Mosaic Weighted Blankets were born. Now Laura can share the calming sensation of Deep Touch Therapy with everyone.
Not all weighted blankets are equal. Many are sourced from cheap manufacturers and contain harmful materials. Mosaic Weighted Blankets are manufactured in the United States from high quality materials including 100% cotton and minky fabrics. Organic cotton is also available.
Weighted blankets obtain their weighted quality from BPA-free and hypoallergenic plastic beads rather than glass beads that can often contain lead contamination. Because Mosaic Weighted Blankets use cotton, minky fabrics, and plastic beads they are machine washable allowing you to maintain a hygienic bedding arrangement in your home.
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Mosaic Weighted Blankets are stylish and come in a large selection of colors, patterns, weights, and sizes. Choosing the correct size weighted blanket is very important. In order for the Deep Touch Pressure Therapy provided by a weighted blanket to be most effective, it is best to choose a blanket that lays close to the body rather than having a lot of excess fabric gathered around the body.
You should also choose a weight for your blanket that is roughly ten percent of your ideal body weight. Mosaic Weighted Blankets’ plethora of options makes it easy to choose a blanket that meets these standards and that you will love, and you can always create custom weighted blankets to fit your needs.
Whether you are looking to lower your stress level, get better sleep each night, or find relief for chronic pain, a Mosaic Weighted Blanket is a wonderful choice to add to your routine to incorporate Deep Touch Pressure Therapy. These delightful blankets will seamlessly fit into your life and provide daily comfort year round in the comfort of your own home.
Frequently Asked Questions about Weighted Blankets
Is it OK to sleep with a weighted blanket every night?
Yes! It is perfectly safe to sleep with a weighted blanket every night and will help improve your sleep.
What can a weighted blanket do for you?
Weighted blankets provide deep touch therapy to lower cortisol and raise serotonin, oxytocin, and melatonin which can lead to better sleep, reduced stress, and a better sense of well-being. Weighted blankets are a natural solution to stress and anxiety.
How heavy should my weighted blanket be?
You should choose a weighted blanket that is approximately 10% of your body weight.
What type of weighted blanket is best?
Every type of weighted blanket has its own perks. The best weighted blanket is one that is a proper weight for your body in a material that best suits your needs. If you get hot easily at night, a CoolMax weighted blanket would be a great choice while weight blankets made from minky fabric would be perfect for those who are often cold at night.
How do I choose the right weight for my weighted blanket?
You should choose a weighted blanket that is approximately 10% of your body weight. Take into consideration if you tend to get too hot or too cold when sleeping to choose your fabric. Fabrics made from polyester, such as minky fabric, will provide more warmth while you are sleeping while the innovative CoolMax fabric will prevent you from overheating while using your weighted blanket.
What is the best weighted blanket for kids?
All of the Mosaic weight blankets are a great choice for children as long as an appropriate weight is chosen. For children, weight blankets should be approximately 10% of their current weight plus 1 to 2 pounds to account for growth.
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