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Weighted Blankets as a Therapeutic Tool

May 13, 2015

Heavy or “weighted” blankets are used as a therapeutic tool for children experiencing sensory disorders, anxiety, stress or issues related to autism. Weighted blankets have shown to generate proprioceptive (sensory) input that causes our brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters induce a natural calming effect. Children sleep more soundly and wake up happier and more focused. Wool is a good option if you’re looking for a medium to heavy weight blanket or comforter (4-6 lb. fill). Wool comforters come in various thickness and typically weight more than similar products made of cotton, down or silk. Wool has an extraordinary ability to rapidly absorb and evaporate body moisture and excess heat. It is breathable material with thermal...

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