ADHD and Autism
Children with ADHD and autism might also benefit from using weighted blankets. A study in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy found that weighted vests helped children with ADHD experience better focus and less fidgeting.
Penn Medicine reports that children with autism might also benefit from a weighted blanket’s stress reducing effects. This stress relief might help them deal better with sensory stimulation and socializing during the day.
Who Shouldn’t Use a Weighted Blanket?
Young children who weigh less than 50 pounds shouldn’t use a weighted blanket. They are unlikely to be able to move it easily themselves, which could cause a risk of suffocation.
According to WebMD, people with sleep apnea, other breathing challenges, blood circulation issues, and skin allergies should check with their doctor before using a weighted blanket.
How to Choose a Weighted Blanket
When buying a weighted blanket, look for one that’s about 10% your body weight, and no heavier than that.
Consider blanket fabrics if you have allergies to certain fibers or a weighted blanket’s fillings. You should be able to find allergen-free weighted blankets made from natural fibers, like long-staple cotton.
For an organic weighted blanket, choose one made of organic cotton and filled with beads made from natural glass.
Keep in mind that weighted blankets are probably less ideal in the heat of summer, but the benefits might be worth the higher air conditioning bill.