Sleep Tight™ Weighted Blanket
Helps clients to become calm and comfortable to encourage restful sleep. Suitable for clients weighing over 9kg (20 lbs) who have difficulty calming down to get to sleep. With a curved neck cut-out to help prevent the blanket from bunching around the face.
As a general guideline, blanket weight should be from 15-25% of client body weight, although we recommend that you seek professional advice as to the suitability of these products for your particular client. Colours may vary. Machine washable.
- An affordable and portable resource to help users sleep alleviate stress and calm
- Designed by an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience
- Triple-stitched for robustness
- The filling is safely contained
- PET pellets used in the filling are BPA-free, phthalate-free, and lead-free – PET is hygienic, recyclable, and sustainable
- Cotton outers for comfort and durability – even after repeated machine washes
- Pattern-free to avoid distraction and visual over-stimulation
- With a scoop neck for comfort – this attention to detail means less fabric bunching around the neck and face than straight seams
- Weight is evenly distributed
|Sleep Tight™||Person’s weight in pounds||Approximate age||Width x Length|
|XS||22-35 lbs||3 years||32” x 36”|
|S||36-45 lbs||4-5 years||36” x 42”|
|M||46-70 lbs||6-10 years||42” x 54”|
|L||71-140 lbs||11-15 years||54” x 72”|
|XL||141 lbs and over||16 years - adult||57” x 80”|
As a sizing guideline (suggestion only from the American OT who has designed this product – please consult a qualified therapist for a recommendation appropriate to each individual user): Approximate age: 3 years User’s approximate weight: 22-35 lbs
Weighted Blankets have been successfully used as a medication-free alternative solution by children and adults with:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Mental health challenges
- Sleep disorders
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Supporting the Elderly
- The pressure from a weighted blanket is similar to a hug, which provides warmth and a sense of security. As research shows, a hug releases the hormone oxytocin in the body which helps create a feeling of relaxation, so you feel at ease. Oxytocin also slows the heart and reduces blood pressure, prompting the body to relax, resulting in improved sleep.
- A weighted blanket provides a gentle yet deep pressure that goes deep within the body. Researchers have found that this “deep touch pressure stimulation” or “proprioceptive pressure” promotes the release of two brain chemicals -- dopamine and serotonin which have a calming effect that combats anxiety, stress, and depression.
- A therapeutic weighted blanket helps ground your body during sleep which may deeply enhance the calming effect. Studies show that grounding may help reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that has a negative effect on blood sugar, digestion, and immunity.
- When the weighted blanket stimulates serotonin, melatonin hormones are also released -- promoting sleep and helping regulate the sleep cycle. That’s the beauty of a weighted blanket. Overall, the blanket’s pressure provides a calming, soothing environment that is conducive to sleep, so the tense, anxious, restless person gets the sleep they need.
- Insomnia has a variety of patterns. Maybe you have trouble getting to sleep. Or you just can’t stay asleep, waking up in the wee hours -- much too early. It’s a problem many, many people face - but a weighted blanket can potentially help. Psychologists say that the weighted material may be effective because it produces a light touch sensation whenever you move under the blanket. This may feel like a caress. The sensation may stimulate the release of hormones/brain chemicals that soothe the nervous system, reducing anxiety and arousal.
- A sense of calm is necessary to drift off to sleep. Imagine feeling that calm effortlessly...The deep touch pressure stimulation from a weighted blanket has been shown to produce a soothing effect that reduces anxiety. Because deep touch pressure provides this calming effect that aids sleep, the blanket also helps symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- School can be challenging for a child with a sensory processing disorder like autism. The hallways and classrooms are overwhelming with noise and intense colors. This can be overwhelming for the child, causing frustration and upsets.Over the years, educators and occupational therapists have encouraged the use of weighted vests and lap pads. Researchers believe that the firm yet gentle pressure helps relieve the child’s anxiety and keeps them focused; they also sleep better.
- Nighttime is difficult if you have restless leg syndrome, as the tingling is often most apparent at night -- greatly impairing sleep. You may have difficulty traveling because you constantly feel the need to move your legs. It’s very troubling! While compression socks provide some relief, they can actually become very uncomfortable if they are too tight. If you have arthritis, you may even have trouble putting the socks on your legs. With a weighted blanket, you get the relaxing pressure without constriction to the legs.
- Fibromyalgia mostly affects women, and the pain can be very debilitating. The disease is complex causing chronic muscle, ligament and tendon pain, fatigue and multiple tender points on the body. The aching muscles and chronic fatigue associated with fibromyalgia can make even everyday activities painful and difficult without medication. A weighted blanket has helped patients prevent symptom flares due to the blanket’s gentle, firm pressure. This mild pressure also reduces anxiety and depression, improving sleep as well as the quality of life.
- Many people say that a weighted blanket helps relieve pain, so they can stop the cycle of painkillers. There is also evidence that a weighted blanket helps relieve dental pain. A weighted blanket, aka ‘gravity blanket’, helps “ground” the body during sleep by pushing it downwards. This grounding may create the deeply calming effect that people report. Also, because the blankets simulate deep pressure touch, both chronic stress and anxiety are reduced.
- Fatigue is often caused by poor quality of sleep. You get some sleep, night after night, but you don’t get truly restorative sleep. This is so evident when you wake up tired -- as you have not benefited from the proper type of sleep! A weighted blanket can help improve sleep quality. The blanket’s deep touch pressure stimulates serotonin, the relaxation hormone, which helps you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and feel rested in the morning.
- If you’re feeling irritable or depressed, you may not be getting enough mood-lifting brain chemicals. Serotonin, the hormone that affects mood disorders, is also considered a brain chemical. Deep pressure stimulation (via a weighted blanket) can boost levels of serotonin, research shows. This same deep pressure also reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which also helps the body to relax. A weighted blanket can serve as the hug you need to improve your mood and ease your sadness.
- If your day has been filled with too much stress, wrapping yourself up in a weighted blanket when you finally get home can help make things better. If a bad boss or bad traffic has you feeling frantic, your weighted blanket can help you feel better. Those helpful hormones and neurotransmitters -- serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin -- will give you the hug you need.
- If you feel anxious in the confined space of a car or airplane, you’re not alone. Others feel disturbed by the frantic pace and crowds at the airport. Staying in a strange environment like a hotel room can be difficult for others. If you have these anxieties while traveling, you could benefit from a weighted blanket. The deep pressure stimulation from the blanket can help your body produce serotonin, the soothing hormone/brain chemical. In one study, 78 percent of those using weighted blankets considered it to have a calming effect.
- If you have trauma in your past, a weighted blanket can provide a therapeutic touch. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem that affects many people who have experienced a stressful or traumatic event. Veterans who saw combat can suffer from PTSD. Survivors of trauma like a physical assault or a serious car accident are two more examples. Various therapies can help ease symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression. Research shows that a weighted blanket helps reduce anxiety in these survivors, along with improving blood pressure and pulse rate. (
- Panic attacks are so disturbing, but a weighted blanket might help you feel less vulnerable. If you suffer from panic disorder, you feel the need to protect yourself from stressful situations that ramp up your fear and vulnerability to panic attacks. A weighted blanket can help you sleep better so you feel refreshed and less anxious the next day. By promoting the ‘calming’ hormones and neurotransmitters, a weighted blanket helps to calm both the body and the brain.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is unique in every person. Some may follow very strict dietary or lifestyle habits. Perhaps you have a germ phobia. Or you need your environment to be extremely orderly. Persistent, obsessive thoughts and behaviors are the hallmarks of OCD. OCD has been linked to low serotonin levels. Researchers believe that the deep touch pressure stimulation therapy provided by a weighted blanket will boost serotonin to help keep OCD symptoms under control.
- Elderly people often transition into an unconventional sleep pattern -- staying up much later than usual and taking more naps during the daytime. Elderly people also may suffer from depression and anxiety. Researchers have found that elderly people who used weighted blankets “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.” Just make sure to purchase the correct size and weight blanket for the elderly person, especially if the person is frail -- so ensure safe, soothing sleep.
- If your child has autism, you will be happy to know a weighted blanket may help their symptoms. Massage or touch therapy has been found to help control the symptoms of autism. Researchers have noted that touch therapy helps by decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increasing levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which improves anxiety, mood, impulse control, and more.
- People with this neurological disorder have uncontrollable symptoms like tics and movements, causing them great fatigue and anxiety. The deep pressure therapy from a weighted blanket can help ease the anxiety and provide a sense of calm that improves sleep.
|Dimensions||183 x 137cm|