Who Can Benefit from Weighted Blankets?


You, or someone you know, can benefit from a weighted blanket. We make a huge range of sizes for children and adults alike. Weighted blankets have been shown to be very effective in calming hyperactive children during bedtime and school, anxious children and adults, and even adults undergoing chemotherapy.

A person who likes any of the following can benefit from a Kuseno Weighted Blanket: small spaces, tight clothing, tight squishy hugs, curling up in a tight ball while watching TV or falling asleep, sleeping under lots of blankets or using a heavy duvet even in the summer, or sticking their hands, arms, feet, or legs between the wall and bed.

Children under 2 years of age should not use a weighted blanket due to it being a suffocation hazard. Please consult your pediatrician to find out what age is appropriate to start using bedding, especially weighted blankets.

Some common uses and how it can affect the weight of the blanket you choose.

Anxiety: Many people who have a panic attack crave the weight of a pet or human on them, and the consistent and distributed pressure of a weighted blanket can fill that need.

If the user has low strength then either get a lighter blanket or strategically remove the weights from the heavier blanket to reduce the weight but keep it evenly distributed.

Seniors: Although they can handle heavier weight on their body, they may lack the physical strength to position or manipulate the blanket alone. Consider a lighter blanket or remove some of the weights.

Replacing heavy blankets: If you sleep with many blankets piled up but hate how hot it is, replace all those blankets with one Kuseno Weighted Blanket. Weigh your current blankets (stand on a bathroom scale while holding all the blankets, then stand on the scale without the blankets. The difference is the weight of the blankets) and order a Kuseno Weighted Blanket that is the same weight. It will be cooler than using multiple blankets, and you can always combine it with one regular blanket for warmth if needed.

You can also use this method to find a good weight for yourself. Gather up all of your blankets and lay on a bed. Have someone start laying the blankets on top of you one at a time until you get to a weight that you feel is right. Then weigh the blankets using the method above.

Children with anxiety: Pick a blanket that can grow with the child. Children with anxiety tend to prefer heavier blankets so pick one at the upper range of the weight. You can also order a blanket that is one row too long or too wide, then remove those weights until the child grows and needs them. Pin the loose fabric so it’s not all loose and floppy.

Autism: Similar to a person with anxiety, people with autism tend to prefer heavier blankets. With autism, there are often other sensory challenges such as touch. Choose the outer cover carefully based on the needs of the person using it. Cotton is smooth to the touch. Flannel, while soft, may be too rough for some.

Restless Leg Syndrome: People who suffer from RLS or area specific chronic pain tend to prefer a heavy, smaller blanket. The smaller blanket concentrates the weight to your legs without distributing the weight over your entire body. We recommend 18x24 inches and up to 6 pounds.


Ways weighted blankets can help

Promote sleep - 1 out of 3 people suffer from at least mild insomnia. Insomnia makes it difficult to fall asleep resulting in exhaustion through the day. It seems like no matter how tired you are, sleep won’t come. This leads to depression and other behavioral problems. A weighted blanket gives a sense of being swaddled as an infant which makes the person feel calm, comforted and safe. The brain releases serotonin and dopamine which further gives a calming sensation and allows the body to relax. Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is also produced with serotonin.

A study in 2015 on the positive effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia found, "Objectively, we found that sleep bout time increased, as well as a decrease in movements of the participants during weighted blanket use. Subjectively, the participants liked sleeping with the blanket, found it easier to settle down to sleep and had an improved sleep, where they felt more refreshed in the morning. Overall, we found that when the participants used the weighted blanket, they had a calmer night's sleep."

Imitate a warm hug - Research shows that a hug can make a person feel at ease. When a person is hugged, their brain releases the hormone Oxytocin into the bloodstream. This chemical reduces your blood pressure, calms your heart rate, and provides an overall feeling of relaxation. When a person is feeling anxious, they may be craving a hug and at the same time wish to avoid human contact. A Kuseno Weighted Blanket satisfies that need.

Calm patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes Asperger’s, Autism, Rhett Syndrome, and other unspecified Pervasive Development Disorders. People who are on the Autism Spectrum often feel frustrated by not being able to express or convey their thoughts clearly so they use erratic speech, repetitive actions and turbulent behaviour. Many are hypersensitive to their environment and the emotions of those around them, and their caretaker’s frustration will only cause them to become more anxious or have destructive outbursts. Draping a Kuseno Weighted Blanket over them while they lay down will help them to feel safe and calm down so they (and their caretaker) can think more clearly.

Help overcome oversensitivity to touch - Some disorders make people oversensitive to touch. Using a weighted blanket can help a person overcome this by providing a constant pressure similar to human contact. They will get used to being touched and this has been shown to help people overcome their fear of touch.

Help Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - A person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) will think repetitively about an incident or object, unable to focus on anything else. When they use a weighted blanket, it helps them to feel safe and secure which can lessen their worry and they can focus on other thoughts.

Simulate a massage - The weight of the blanket gets deep into the tissues, simulating a deep tissue massage. A massage will help a person’s mind and body relax, and the blanket provides the same result.

Improve cognitive function - When you look at all the benefits of using a weighted blanket and how the therapeutic effects overlap, relieving stress and tension, getting a better sleep, calming your mind and relaxing your body are all beneficial toward living a healthy and happy life.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. A weighted blanket can help in so many more ways than are listed here.