How To Make A Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket is a blanket with extra weight added, designed to treat a host of physical, mental, and developmental ailments. Though difficult, it's possible to make a DIY weighted blanket. The "how" depends on your personal sleep preference, your budget, and your skillset.
What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is a blanket with added weight. They're typically made with variety of fillers, like glass beads, even rice to give them consistent weight dispersion. Weighted blankets are usually made from cotton, but Snuggle Pro goes even further by using sustainable, 100% natural bamboo in their duvet covers for ultimate softness and breathability. These blankets are comfort devices used to treat a host of issues in children and adults, including physical, mental, and developmental conditions.
How does it work?
Weighted blankets work through deep pressure stimulation (DPS). DPS refers to pressure put on the central nervous system that replicates swaddling, a hug, or being cradled. As a result, this provides a sense of comfort that helps relax the body and brain, relieving anxiety.
Weighted blankets are great help for these medical conditions
The benefits of weighted blankets and their anxiety-relieving properties help relax those with certain learning and behavioral disorders, mental impairments, and physical disabilities. These can include:
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome is the physical twitch that results in the compulsion to move the legs, often negatively impacting sleep. DPS has been known to stimulate the nervous system and improve blood flow throughout the body, which helps soothe the sensation to move the legs and allows for a better night's sleep.
Insomnia refers to the difficulty to get to sleep and stay asleep. Weighted blankets have been known to help in some cases of insomnia in children. DPS calms the central nervous system and the brain, while simultaneously providing a womb-like sleeping environment that makes it easier to stay asleep.
Physical compression, such as hugging, has been proven to help symptoms of anxiety. A weighted blanket provides a similar sensation and helps reduce racing thoughts, hyperventilation, and the inability to sit still.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a birth defect that causes significant developmental impairment. Often times, children and adults with autism don't like to be touched. The weighted blanket provides frequent, consistent, and reliable compression stimulation to those on the autism spectrum for whom external comfort isn't always an option.
ADHD (in children)
Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that impacts a child's ability to concentrate. Children with ADHD often experience hyperactivity and an inability to focus on the task ahead, such as school. By stimulating the nervous system, a weighted blanket can help the child find temporary relief and quiet the mind
Chronic pain refers to any issue of the body resulting in long-lasting, often debilitating pain. As with RLS, a weighted blanket helps stimulate nerve endings and provides for more adequate blood flow, which can help those who suffer from chronic pain find relief. Additionally, the boost in serotonin production helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Other benefits of sleeping with a weighted blanket
While weighted blankets help with a variety of physical and mental conditions, it can also help with those everyday issues and improve your day-to-day life.
Better Quality Sleep
The DPS is one thing, but weighted blankets are known to improve blood flow, stimulate the nervous system, and help you find comfort. This helps you sleep deeper, longer, and better. And when you sleep better, you wake more refreshed and ready to take on your day!
You Sleep Longer
The ideal sleep environment provided by a weighted blanket keeps you wrapped in a cocoon of compression comfort! As a result, you sleep longer, allowing maximum time for optimum deep and REM sleep.
Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker
Tired of tossing and turning? These types of blankets are beneficial to helping your child find comfort faster. As a result, they'll fall asleep quicker.
DPS also helps stimulate your body's natural production of serotonin. Not only does this help you sleep, but it's a crucial part in your ability to relax before bed.
What you'll need to make a weighted blanket
It's a challenge to make a weighted blanket! But if you're up for it, here's what you'll need to get started:
The fabric is super important to determining whether is comfortable, cool, and even how heavy it is. Cotton, polyester, and other smooth, consistent fabrics are typically recommended. For example, Snuggle Pro uses only dense thread count for maximum softness and comfort! But, there are absolutely some types you should absolutely avoid.
- Flannel. It's just too hot, especially with the added weight from the blanket.
- Fleece. Also hot, but it's really not the best fabric for a blanket meant to help those who may be sensitive to certain types of stimulation.
This comes down to price per unit, and how much you want to spend. Some people use rice or beans because they're inexpensive. However, they're also lighter so you'd need more to get the job done, and they don't always apply consistent pressure. A more expensive option is steel or glass beads, which are machine washable and used in premium weighted blankets, like the ones from Snuggle Pro!
- Sewing machine
- Measuring scale
- Tailor's chalk
DIY weighted blankets are a bad idea—here's why
Okay. So let's just say it: it's really hard to make a DIY weighted blanket. It's just not your average blanket. You should be mindful of the fact that weighted blankets are designed with a certain goal in mind: it needs to put pressure on the right parts of the body, consistently. Snuggle Pro products use bamboo fabric for softness and glass bead filler for cool, consistent pressure, ensuring the ultimate sleep experience. If your DIY blanket doesn't do that, it's just a few pieces of fabric stuffed with brown rice from your local supermarket!
Cost of supplies may exceed a store bought blanket
Imagine this: you're in the store in the checkout line with a shopping basket full of beans, or rice, or whatever. The price is a little higher than you expected. Then, you realize you haven't even bought the fabric yet! Especially if you don't already have your own sewing shop in a back room somewhere, it's very possible it's going to be more expensive than if you bought a weighted blanket online and saved yourself the time.
Do you really have the skills?
Not only is it be more expensive, but likely it will be for a lesser product. Real talk: even if you're a professional tailor, it's likely you're not equipped for this type of work. There's a science behind weighted blankets that is geared toward real relief for real conditions, and YouTube tutorials just don't cut it when approaching precision, developed design.
It's not an ordinary blanket, it has a real important purpose
Weighted blankets are, in essence, medical devices. They're made, tested, and bettered. This is in an effort to provide the relief you've been seeking for your insomnia, RLS, or anxiety. It's not only possible your DIY blanket won't help you fight the symptoms of your illness, but it's also possible it could make your symptoms worse. So, before you fire up that sewing machine, you should sit and ask yourself: is it worth it? If you answered no, Snuggle Pro is here to help you find your perfect weighted blanket, tonight!
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