There is a long list of suggestions from warm cups of tea or milk to the 'military secret' of relaxation and imaging. Not all are that successful and many of them require practice.
You know that cozy, relaxing feeling you get from a soft, fuzzy blanket? You feel less anxious and more like everything is right with the world.
Weighted blankets go one better, adding a comforting heaviness to the coziness. We're talking about blankets that are filled with a material to give them weight.
Many weighted blankets use plastic beads or pellets, but Hippo Hug™ weighted blankets use ceramic-coated, metal disks. These disks are just a few millimeters thick and roughly 5 centimeters wide.
The true weight of a weighted blanket varies depending on size. A Hippo Hug™ twin blanket can weigh up to 34 lbs. Because our disks are a very dense weighting system this means we can achieve a higher pounds per square inch ratio and our blankets actually feel heavier than our competitors. Their 15 lb weighted blanket feels more like our 10 lb twin size.
The article said that there is scientific data to support the use of weight as a calming strategy.
Kids with autism or behavioural concerns
Dr. Cristina Cusin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, explained that weighted blankets have a long history of use with these children and in psychiatric units in general.
Dr. Cusin said that weighted blankets work along the same lines as the tight swaddling of infants. The swaddling helps these babies to feel snug and secure. As a result, they fall asleep more easily.
Simulating comforting hugs, weighted blankets also soothe the nervous system, helping people feel less anxious.
The blanket simulates a comforting hug, in theory helping to calm and settle the nervous system.
A study found that using deep pressure, like that of a weighted blanket, helped to relieve the stress of people having a wisdom tooth extracted.
Another study found that weighted blankets help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sleep better for longer.
Wouldn't it be great if something as simple as a blanket could reduce anxiety?
Our Hippo Hug™ specialists can help you choose from a combination of samples for your needs.
“We had great success with the blanket with one patient, who went from yelling A LOT to hardly at all. We have been trying them out with other patients and having different options has been helpful.” -Carla Loftus Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Teams, Sinai Health System