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Weighted Blanket FAQ

Hush Weighted Blanket Frequently Asked Questions

Have you been wanting to buy a weighted blanket but have no idea what weight is right for you or which type of weight to get? This blog post will help answer your questions and give some tips on how to use this wonderful invention.

⮚     What is the optimal weighted blanket weight?

Most blankets are sold in five-pound increments from five to 25 pounds. A general rule of thumb is to choose a blanket which is roughly 10 percent of your ideal body weight. Some prefer a heavier or lighter version, but it truly depends on personal preference.

⮚     What is the best weight for young children?

Young children under the age of 3 or weighing less than 50 pounds should not use a weighted blanket because of the risk of suffocation — there have been at least two child deaths involving the blankets. 

 

 

⮚     What Hush Weighted Blanket Options Are Available?

 

⮚     What are Hush blankets made of?

Hush blanket’s shell is made from pure cotton which is sewn into sturdy pockets. The pockets are filled with non-toxic glass beads which are evenly distributed. The blanket is made up of a removable duvet cover made of microfiber fabric.

⮚     Where to buy Hush blankets?

Hush blankets are available for purchase on the Hush website as well at other online stores. They are also available in physical stores. 

⮚     Can I wash my Hush Pillow?

The cover and the bag can be washed separately. It's best to remove the shredded memory foam and soak it in warm water with a soft detergent. It can then be air-dried.

⮚     Are Hush blankets legit?

Hush blanket is a legit Canadian based brand.

⮚     How to wash a Hush blanket?

You can wash any Hush blanket in cold water either through spot-cleaning or alone in your washer. Hush blankets should be hang-dried to get maximum quality and ensure the longevity of the blanket.

⮚     Where are Hush blankets made?

Hush blankets are designed by a team of sleep specialists and designers in Toronto.

⮚     How to wash a weighted blanket?

Before taking a step in washing your blanket, always refer to your manufacturer’s manual. Weighted blankets can be washed in warm or cold water. Machine dry your weighted blanket on low heat or you air dry. Most weighted blankets can be machine washed or hand-washed.

⮚     What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are throw-sized blankets designed to create a sense of calm and relieve pains. They are filled with materials such as plastic pellets, discs, breathable cotton material or polythene plastic beads.

⮚     Do weighted blankets work?

Weighted blankets have proven beneficial and have shown positive results in reducing the symptom of several conditions, including anxiety and ADHD. They also help to calm a restless body and improve sleep troubles.

⮚     How to make a weighted blanket?

In making a DIY weighted blanket, you need to get the required tools and materials which include scissors, a ruler, a scale, a marking tool, pins, a sewing machine, durable fabric, quality thread, fillers (such as plastic pellets). Once you have your materials available, determine the expected weight and size. The recommended weight of a weighted blanket is 10% of your body weight.

Once you have weight and size checked, sew the front and back pieces with the right sides together. Sew the vertical channels in the blanket and fill a vertical channel with the weighted material you chose. Sew across the filled channel horizontally and topstitch the open end of the blanket. (A detailed article might be written on this).

⮚     How heavy should a weighted blanket be?

When choosing a weighted blanket, it is recommended that the blanket is 10% of your body size.

Where to buy weighted blankets?

Weighted blankets can be purchased either online or at physical stores. To buy quality weighted blankets, make a research about weighted blankets brands available for your location. Read through the product description and the product reviews to form your purchasing decisions.

⮚     How do weighted blankets work?

Weighted blankets use the deep pressure stimulation (DPS) technique to offer gentle pressure to the body. This form of deep pressure therapy helps to increase the amount of dopamine and serotonin in the brain which helps increase the sense of calmness.

⮚     What size is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are often available in three standard sizes which include the king size, queen size, and twin sizes. However, other sizes can be available depending as well as custom sizes on the manufacturer. 

⮚     How to choose a weighted blanket?

To ensure you choose a weighted blanket that suits your preference, you should research the available weighted blankets in your locations. Read through the product description to have an idea of what materials were used in the production of the blankets. Read through the reviews and check the price tag if they fall within your budget. Select different brands that best suit your preferences and go for the best. Note that when choosing a weighted blanket, the recommended weight is 10% of your body weight.

⮚     How to use a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are used just like every other blanket. Ensure you select the perfect size so that the effect can be exerted and it won’t be too heavy to cause you discomfort.

⮚     Are weighted blankets good?

Weighted blankets are good and they can be used by all ages (with special attention when used on kids). With the right weight and size, you get the best from weighted blankets. 

⮚     Are weighted blankets hot?

Depending on the fabric used in the production, a weighted blanket can get hot and lead to discomfort. While a weighted blanket made with fleece or flannel might feel soft to touch, there is a tendency it generates more heat. Choosing a weighted blanket with a fabric that best suits your sleeping preferences can best avoid this. 

⮚     Can you wash a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket can be washed either in warm water or cold water. Refer to the manufacturer to know if your weighted blanket can be washed. However, most blankets can be hand-washed and machine-washed.

⮚     What are weighted blankets good for?

Weighted blankets are known for offering a deep touch pressure that helps calm the body. It offers a deep hug feeling.

⮚     How heavy should my weighted blanket be?

It is recommended that the ideal weight for your weighted blanket is 10% of your body weight. The ideal sized weighted blanket ensures you achieve the deep sleep feature.

⮚     Can a weighted blanket be too heavy?

A weighted blanket is recommended to be ideal if the weight is 10% of your body weight. Depending on your preference, an additional 1 or 2 pounds may be beneficial. Weight blanket above this weight might cause discomfort.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help with sleep?

Weighted blankets have helped patients with insomnia and other sleep issues to sleep better at night and wake up fully rested and energized.

⮚     How much are weighted blankets?

The price of a weighted blanket varies based on the brand, blanket size, and the material used in the production.

⮚     What are weighted blankets made of?

Weighted blankets are blankets filled with materials such as poly pellets, weighted discs, glass beads, or polypropylene plastic beads.

⮚     What is a weighted blanket good for?

Weighted blankets have proven to have positive results in maintaining several conditions including anxiety and autism.

⮚     Are weighted blankets safe during pregnancy?

To use a weighted blanket during pregnancy, you need to choose the weight of the blanket based on your pre-pregnancy weight. It is recommended that you go with a blanket that is close to 10% of your body weight.

⮚     Are weighted blankets safe for diabetics?

The heaviness of a weighted blanket may interfere with circulation in people with diabetes.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help with anxiety?

A weighted blanket is designed to employ a deep pressure touch stimulation. The deep pressure touch simulation from the blanket provides a soothing effect that aids in reducing anxiety.

⮚     How to choose a weighted blanket for a couple?

When sharing a weighted blanket with a partner, you should choose a blanket that is 10% of your combined weights.

⮚     Can sleeping with a weighted blanket make you sore?

The weight of a weighted blanket is not heavy enough to cause you pain by placing much pressure on your muscles or joints. But the weight could potentially increase any injury or pain (fibromyalgia pain) you have.

⮚     Can weighted blankets help you sleep?

Weighted blankets can help you relax well and have better sleep. Weighted blanket works with deep touch pressure therapy which enhances serotonin which helps calm the body and relax well.

⮚     Can a weighted blanket help lose weight?

You cannot achieve a better result of losing weight without quality sleep, irrespective of your diet. A weighted blanket helps you get a quality night rest and make you feel relaxed.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help you sleep on your back?

Weighted blankets make it a little difficult to toss and turn around. If you are trying to learn how to sleep on your back, the weight can help you keep your body in place.

⮚     How to buy a weighted blanket for a child?

Weighted blankets are not recommended for children under the age of 2 years old.  Most weighted blankets come with an age range of 4 years and above. However, note that if your little one cannot push his blanket out of the way in the middle of the night, his access to air may be limited which could lead to suffocation.

⮚     What does a weighted blanket do for anxiety?

Weighted blankets should not be substituted for proven therapies for anxiety. For instance, some people with panic disorder may experience a counter effect from a weighted blanket or even worsen anxiety.

⮚     Will insurance pay for a weighted blanket?

Provided you have a prescription from your doctor, some insurance plans cover weighted blankets. You need to verify with your insurance company to be certain.

⮚     Can you use a weighted blanket with sleep apnea?

Although a weighted blanket helps to improve sleep for people with several conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, it is not recommended for people with obstructive sleep apnea. The blanket can add more pressure to an already narrowed airway.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help depression?

The deep pressure touch provided by a weighted blanket promotes the release of dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters help to combat anxiety, stress as well as depression.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help with restless leg syndrome?

Constant pressure on the leg has been found to relieve the problem of restless leg syndrome in some patients. A weighted blanket provides pressure on the leg which helps to relieve the condition.

⮚     Do weighted blankets keep you warm?

Weighted blankets would keep you warmer than a regular blanket because the weight of the blanket will hold your body heat. Although you may not feel hot while sleeping under a weighted blanket due to the material used in the production.

⮚     What is the benefit of a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets provide similar benefits to deep pressure therapy and have shown positive results in different conditions such as anxiety. (You can add a link to an article that covers the benefits of a weighted blanket)

⮚     Are all weighted blankets filled with glass beads?

Most weighted blankets are filled with glass beads or plastic beads which makes them heavier than a standard mattress. 

⮚     Can a weighted blanket be used with an electric blanket?

To use an electric blanket with a weighted blanket you need to be cautious of the materials used in the construction of the weighted blanket. Materials used as fillers would determine the amount of time it takes for the heat to be conducted. 

⮚     Do weighted blankets help kids sleep?

Weighted blankets provide kids with sensory experience which would yield a calming effect that can improve sleep. However, precaution should be taken when using weighted blankets on kids.

⮚     What to look for in a weighted blanket?

When purchasing a weighted blanket, a general rule is to choose a blanket that is about 10% of your body weight. You might require a heavier or lighter one depending on your sleep preference. Ensure you check the material used in the production to avoid choosing a weighted blanket that will make you sleep hot.

⮚     Are weighted blankets bad for circulation?

Weighted blankets are not safe for individuals with breathing or heart problems, circulation problems due to the pressure exerted by the blanket. Ensure you check with your therapist before you decide to go for one.

⮚     Can babies use weighted blankets?

Weighted blankets are not recommended for children under the age of 2 years old.  Most weighted blankets come with an age range of 4 years and above.

⮚     Can I take a weighted blanket on a plane?

Yes. You can take a weighted blanket with you on a plane but there are some challenges to it. There are some things you can do to get your weighted blanket through security.

  • Call ahead to get accurate information on this
  • Bring along a proof of purchase that shows you own the product
  • Try to get a certificate or a letter from your physician stating that the blanket is a medical necessity
  • If possible, take along samples of the material in the blankets (such as the pellet and inner fabrics)

⮚     Do weighted blankets help with fibromyalgia pain?

The deep pressure touch simulation offered by weighted blankets stimulates the production of serotonin which relaxes and calms the nerves. This helps to ease the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help with insomnia?

Weighted blankets can help you relax well and have better sleep. Weighted blankets have proven to be effective in the treatment of insomnia. Insomnia patients experienced reduced insomnia severity and improved sleep when sleeping with a weighted blanket.

⮚     Do weighted blankets help with seizures?

Weighted blankets are designed to exert a deep pressure touch sensation which creates a calm and relaxed feeling. With the ability to improve sleep and provide comfort, weighted blankets are helpful for people with sensory disorders which often accompany seizures and epilepsy.

⮚     Can I wash a 20 lb weighted blanket?

Blankets over 20 lb should be washed and dried in a commercial washer and dryer. Tumble dry it on a low/medium heat or line dry.

 

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