Before I had an inkling that my then 3 year old son had ADHD, I’d never heard of Weighted Blankets, let alone knew what they were!
As soon you consider the possibility of ADHD, you go ‘internet mad’. You look into every aspect on the subject. Maybe you can relate? I did my research.
How do weighted blankets work?
Without going too much into the science, they are a form of Deep Pressure Therapy (DPT). Think how you’ve felt after a massage, or a strong hug. Relaxed. Calm. At ease.
The reason for this – when your body feels the right amount of pressure, the brain releases serotonin and dopamine.
Those ‘bad boy’ hormones (I mean ‘bad boy’ in the ‘really good’ sense) are like happy pills! They make us relax and feel at ease.
Did we need a weighted blanket?
My son would generally go to bed ok, though we had a lot of to-ing and fro-ing to get him to settle. Most of the time I had to cuddle him in bed to get him to switch-off and nod-off. At some point during the night, he would end up in our bed.
That was a disrupted night’s sleep for all three of us, from 3am each morning until the alarm went off. All of us needed a better night’s sleep!
I researched further to see if there had been any studies that show weighted blankets actually work.
ResearchGate did a study in 2015 on weighted blankets for insomnia. Objectively and subjectively they found participants had longer bouts of sleep. They also had less movement in their sleep.
If our son could sleep better, we’d sleep better.
It worked for us. Fairly quickly, he’d fall asleep quicker than before. I didn’t need to spend quite so much time settling him. The nightly visits to our room also stopped around the same time. He certainly seemed more settled and slept better.
If you want to find out more about that study, click here. The price of the blankets started to fall to around the $180-$200. To me it was time giving it a go.
Considering the costs of Weighted Blankets:
There’s no doubt that Weighted Blankets seem expensive. I’ve heard many people in forums complain about the price of weighted blankets, saying they just don’t get the cost.
I tend to agree to an extent. Especially when you just get the ‘weighted blanket’ (inner part)as your purchase, that are the same cost as those which have covers.
ExecFunk Weighted Blankets have covers. So if you think about it, you are buying a ‘therapy quilt’ and a cover set. Considering the cost of normal quilts, and a cover set, there isn’t that much of a difference.
Remember though, not all weighted blankets are created equally.
Look for weighted blankets that have covers (so that you can change them for different designs as seasons, styles and trends change. There is nothing worse than investing in a weighted blanket, to find a year down the line that your child wont use it because he’s not into batman any more.
Also, make sure that your weighted blanket has tie-tabs. It needs to be practical. I’ve seen companies selling weighted blankets saying you can use your own covers.
If you can’t tie the corners of the blanket within the cover, that insert will keep slipping to the bottom of the cover. Extremely annoying.
What were the benefits?
Our son gets-to-sleep easier and quicker than before, that’s for sure.
He no longer wriggles around his whole entire bed, where I’d find him sleeping at the bottom of the bed with limbs dangled over the sides.
Most of the time we’re able to sleep without middle-of-the-night interruptions – woohoo!
The blanket also gets dragged downstairs every morning to the sofa, and back up to his room at bed time. It is well loved.
Are they just for people with ADHD?
I know of a couple in their late 50’s that use our blankets daily. They aren’t ADHDers, though they hadn’t slept past the early hours of the morning most of their adult life. The lady told me the first time she tried it, she slept ’til past 9am in the morning. First time in decades! The gentleman was thrilled that it eased the pain of and old work injury to his knee.
Now there’s a recommendation for you!