When we heard about weighted blankets I honestly thought it was just another way to scam some cash out of people but someone gave me one to try out on the nephew when he spent the night at our place.
He’s autistic and never wants to go to sleep, especially since his mother decided to move him off his bedtime meds that usually knock him out. With our country home ( wood burning stove, gasoline stored in cans, and dangerous objects everywhere ) and his love of fire plus his nightly foraging through the fridge it worries us that he might get up and start to wonder around unsupervised. I hate telling him he can’t stay over with the girls so I was willing to give it a try. Was it a total miracle ?? NO …. nothing works as great as those bedtime meds BUT he did fall asleep faster with far less fidgeting then normal and he stayed asleep longer. Now we have one here for him and I got another one to send home for him to use. He loves his blanket and it has without a doubt helped and makes me worry just a bit less when he’s here.
We have also found that it helps out the husband when his restless leg issue decides to kick in, keeping him from falling asleep like he should after a long and trying day at work.
After some research we discovered that weighted blankets have been shown to be very effective in calming hyperactive children during bedtime, anxious patients in therapy and even people undergoing chemotherapy. It has also proven to be efficacious in calming people down during anxiety inducing situations.
Weighted blankets are used for.
Promotes Sleep. …
Imitates a Warm Hug. …
Provides a Sense of Security. …
Increases the Production of Serotonin. …
Increase in the Production of Melatonin. …
Calms Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. …
Helps Overcome the Oversensitivity to Touch….
Improves Cognitive function
Restless legs syndrome
Pacifies Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
They really do provide some relief and have become a must have item in our home, not only for our challenging nephew who we adore, even if he does drive us bonkers at times but lets the husband fall asleep a bit easier also.
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