Weighted blankets weigh more than conventional ones, to provide you with deep pressure touch (DPT), a therapeutic tool used for various neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders. DPT has a genuinely soothing effect upon your body and mind, stimulating parts of your brain and helping you produce hormones that make you feel better and help you sleep. But how heavy should a weighted blanket be? The answer to the question is fundamental.
How heavy should a gravity blanket be?
The weight of the blanket is an essential parameter that directly influences its effect as a therapeutic tool. As mentioned previously, DPT creates a soothing and grounding effect that pushes your body towards the centre of gravity. As a result, your body cuts back on stress-induced hormones that keep you awake at night or hold you back from getting a high quality and restful sleep. As a general rule of thumb, a weighted blanket should be about 7 % to 12 %, or 10 %, on average, of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 70KG, you might need a 7KG blanket. Some people prefer heavier blankets that weigh about 12 % of their total body weight. Choosing the correct weight for your weighted blanket is more or less a personal choice. It also depends on your motion or breathing abilities, as well as your overall health. Occupational therapists usually suggest that a weighted blanket should not exceed 10 % to 12 % of your total body weight.
Choosing the right weighted blanket for adults.
Choosing the right weighted blanket for an adult is an independent procedure. It does not have to do with his or her BMI, or with whether he or she is overweight. All you have to do to pick the right weight for your blanket is to weigh yourself. Afterward, you might need to calculate what is 10 % of your total body weight. It is up to you to choose a slightly lighter or heavier blanket, according to your preferences. Sometimes, the desired effect of DPT is relevant to the intensity of your symptoms. In mental health or neurodevelopmental disorders with mild symptomatology, a lighter blanket could be sufficient. More severe cases might need a more intense effect. Keep in mind that your insomnia or other sleep problems might be primary or secondary to another disorder. When they are not due to another disorder, and they result in depressive symptoms, stress, and irritability, weighted blankets might provide you with profound improvement. In case they are secondary, they might work as a therapeutic tool that targets the symptoms of your disorder and provide you with a better quality of life.
Choosing the right weighted blanket for kids.
Children are a vulnerable population that they as well experience insomnia or other sleeping problems. Sometimes, when it comes to their kids, parents can become excessively conscious and protective, as they always want to provide them with the best. Children might have neurodevelopmental disorders that result in secondary symptoms of anxiety and fear. Some examples are autism, ADHD, and Tourette's syndrome. Sometimes, social integration is challenging, causing stress to both parents and children. For kids with sleeplessness or other sleep problems, the same rule applies for weighted blankets, as for adults. Weighted blankets should be as heavy as about 10 % of a child's total body weight.
What about a weighted blanket for couples?
A couple sharing a weighted blanket has its pros and cons. For example, sharing a weighted blanket with your partner cuts down on the cost and time it takes for you to care for it. However, when sharing a weighted blanket, the total weight of it is not evenly distributed between your body and your partner's body. However, many experts suggest that to choose the correct weight for a couple's weighted blanket, you need 10 % of the total combined body weight of both partners. Although some people make it work, others prefer their privacy when it comes to weighted blankets.