We make heavy pillows so it's not surprising that we had a lot of requests to make heavy blankets.
What is it?
Weighted Blankets are blankets with specialized weights sewn into the fabric to make them heavier than normal blankets. They generally range from 2-30 pounds and come in various sizes depending on how it’s used or the size of the person using it.
The weights can be anything from sand, glass, river rocks, metal, ceramic, buckwheat hulls, dense batting, plastic, etc.
We choose to use recyclable high density polyethylene (HDPE) because it is heavy, small and smooth. About 1.5 cups weighs half a pound. The plastic is non-toxic, food grade, and hypoallergenic.
Weighted blankets are a safe and drug-free way to treat many conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit disorders (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), restless leg syndrome (RLS), Asperger’s, and other sensory disorders.
A (small) study in 2006 found that the use of a 30 pound blanket by adults is safe when used in the lying down position. Not only that, but 63% reported lower anxiety after use, and 78% preferred the weighted blanket as a calming modality.