Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tips to Choose the Right Weighted Blanket for You

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Weighted blankets are found to be helpful in better managing insomnia, anxiety, stress etc. Some physicians also recommend it in addition to therapeutic methods to better manage health issues related to sleep disorders. In fact, these heavy blankets are found to be a bit costly too compared to regular blankets. However, if you are a bit knowledgeable and careful about purchasing these, one can make it the most cost effective and viable choice. Let's see how.

Why buy a weighted blanket?

As we read above, weighted blankets are now very popular as they help relieve symptoms related to sensory processing disorder, which affects both adults and children alike. There are many kids with developmental delays and adults with sensory perception issues.

Human takes information from our sense and then process it to take real-time living decisions, which is a continuous function we actually don't realize. However, in individuals with sensory processing disorders, the brain doesn't process the information properly, which creates a mental jam, and the sufferer will experience anxiety and stress. This may further lead to learning and behavioural disorders in children and adults.

Some health professionals and occupational therapists suggest that deep touch pressure therapy may help in sensory process disorders. It is proven that weighted blankets can create an impact as of deep touch pressure therapy, which seems to have an effect in treating stress and anxiety symptoms in sensory disorders. Many reputed providers like offer a wide range of weighted blankets now.

Choosing the right weight blanked for the best results

To get the right therapeutic effect of a weighted blanket, the first step is to determine the ideal blanket weight for you.

The primary rule is to choose one with 10% of your body weight plus or minus 2 pounds variation. You may find most of the adult weighted blankets are available at weight range of 10, 15, 20, 25 pounds.

Be more careful while choosing kids blankets as the adult weights may not be ideal for children. The kids weighted blankets are available from 5 pounds onwards. You have the option to order a custom designed weighted blankets too to make it rightly proportionate to your kid's weight.

The weight used

While shopping for weighted blankets, you may see that most of the blankets out in the market use either glass beads or plastic poly pellets to add weight. Glass beads are heavier than plastic pellets, but as they are smaller in size, only take up less space in a blanket, so the blanket can be a bit thinner and more comfortable. Plastic blankets may be a bit bulkier, however, they are cheaper compared to glass bead weighted blankets. Nowadays, you may also get blankets with polyester fibre ball, which may add a little more warmth in cooler seasons.

Therapeutic effects

Considering the healthcare benefits of weighted blankets:

It reduced stress and anxiety with deep pressure stimulation.

Deals effectively with insomnia and offer a better quality of sleep.

Effective in patients with nervous system disorders.

Can be ideal for sufferers of RLS (restless leg syndrome)

Good for patients with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Good for those who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Good for children with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

There are a collection of studies regarding the benefits of weighted blankets, which makes it obvious for those who are suffering from above-mentioned problems. There are a variety of weighted blankets now available in the market, and it is ideal for you to get expert advice too before buying.

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