Frequently Asked Questions about Weighted Blankets
Still have questions about weighted blankets? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about weighted blankets:
What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is blanket lined with evenly distributed weights that provide gentle pressure to your body to mimic the feeling of being held or hugged. The weight varies depending on who the intended user is, and the size of the blanket. For most, weighted blanket have a positive effects on people's moods, and act as a drug-free alternative to combating anxiety disorders.
Are weighted blankets harmful?
Weighted blankets are generally safe to use, but they do pose a suffocation risk for children under three. They are also be inappropriate for people who have
- breathing difficulties (like asthma or sleep-apnea),
- difficulty regulating blood pressure,
- circulation problems,
- or diabetes.
Can weighted blankets be too heavy?
As a general rule, weighted blankets should not be 7-10% of your body weight (Learn more here). Therefore use caution if you use a blanket designed for someone else. Weighted blankets should not be used on children less than three years old, or those with breathing or blood circulation difficulties.
Who uses weighted blankets?
Weighted blankets were first used by children and adults with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Weighted blankets have also been helpful for those with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome. It also helps as a coping strategy for decreasing stress, increasing focused thought, and combating cravings for those who live with depression, mania, anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, or trauma.
Can weighted blankets be used while pregnant?
Swelling is one of the expected changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy. This usually occurs between the second and third trimesters due to the new life developing inside of you and producing more blood and body fluids than usual.
A weighted blanket can help reduce pregnancy swelling. Regular use of a weighted blanket produces pressure which helps reduce inflammation and swelling on the feet, legs, and hands.
Can weighted blankets be washed?
This depends on the materials that are used to make the blanket, as well as whether it's a 1-piece or 2-piece blanket. Some blankets are made of 1-piece while others are 2-pieces - the blanket and its duvet cover. The duvet cover makes it easier to keep the blanket clean as it is easier and lighter to maneuver in the wash. Also because of the weight of the blanket, it is will take longer to dry. It is not recommended to put the blanket in the dryer, especially if the weight is made of poly pellets. Either way, the blanket should be laid flat to dry.
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