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For a few months, the Anglo-Saxon blogosphere has been panicking around a new magic product: weighted blankets. Originally intended for people suffering from severe disorders, these exceptionally heavy blankets would have the power to calm anxiety, facilitate falling asleep and bring a feeling of deep well-being. Zoom on this amazing accessory that is getting more and more talk of it.
The concept: a heavy blanket to calm down
If you've never heard of a weighted blanket before, consider it great news. Indeed, this accessory is above all a therapeutic tool used to treat the symptoms of autism and sensory disorders. By applying gentle, firm pressure to the body, the blanket provides a sensation similar to a big hug, as if one were tightly wrapped in warm arms. In response, the brain produces serotonin and then melatonin, which are known to effectively treat anxiety and insomnia. But for a few months, the information leaves the strict medical field and the social networks are carried away for this magic cover capable of reducing the stress, to make the children sleep and to cure many evils, like that of the restless legs. So, magic, really?
How to use a weighted blanket?
Outside the medical context, the weighted blanket is generally used to reduce stress and facilitate falling asleep. It can be used sitting on the sofa or in bed. Ideally, it should weigh one tenth of the weight of its user to be effective and safe. For children over 4 years old who have trouble sleeping, this precaution is fundamental, so that the blanket is not too heavy. It must also be used under the supervision of the parents and removed once the child is asleep. And NEVER on a baby of course. Magic, perhaps, but to use with caution anyway…
Where to find a weighted blanket?
If the weighted blankets are still difficult to find in the trade outside of a therapeutic use, the tutorials flourish on the internet at high speed. To believe that all the Anglo-Saxon bloggers (and their children) encounter problems of falling asleep ! The idea is to sew compartments between two blankets which are filled with rice, dried beans or small plastic balls of this kind (more practical for washing the blanket in a machine). Honestly, we have not yet tested, but the craze for these covers across the Atlantic makes us think that the phenomenon will soon land in Europe! And you, are you tempted by the experience? 5 mistakes to avoid to sleep well in your room 5 tips for a soothing room