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Why you should chill under a weighted blanket

Chill under a weighted blanket

Chill under a weighted blanket

Why should you chill under a weighted blanket?

The benefits of weighted blankets can be traced back to the Mother’s womb. Before entering the world, infant is held tight inside the womb where they are shielded from sensory perceptions from most of the new world they enter.

As children grow, most learn to adapt to new environment stimuli such as light, sounds and movements from things around them. Some babies do not adapt well to their new environment and suffer from sensory processing disorders.

Sensory Processing Disorder SPD is a term used to describe the inability to efficiently and correctly process sensory information coming to the brain from the environment. Touch, taste, smell, sight and sound are most frequently referred to as the senses, however the body also senses movement, force of gravity and body position through the muscles and joints.

Children, teens and adults with Autism do not regulate sensory input well, which is referred to as Proprioception. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder often benefit from a weighted blanket to help their body organize and process sensory input so that they are less restless and fidgety and allow most individuals to sleep better during the night.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets are made custom height and weight for maximum comfort. For more information contact info@mosaicweightedblankets.com and check out our products at www.mosaicweightedblankets.com.

Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Autism at any age

The Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Autism and Aspergers

 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes five disorders that fall under the category of adhdblankets.jpgpervasive development disorders, and they include:

  1. Autism
  2. Asperger Syndrome
  3. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  4. Rett Syndrome
  5. Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

Children afflicted with one of these disorders typically have problems communicating, engage in repetitive actions or behaviors, lack social skills and show slow cognitive development. Symptoms of Autism or Asperger Syndrome  can be seen in children as young as 18 months old.

These children and their parents face many challenges each and every day, and while there are several treatments and therapies designed specifically for children with Autism or Aspergers, the Mosaic Weighted Blanket® can be an enormous help to both the patients and their families.

When the child is awake, drape it across his lap or around his shoulders. The deep pressure touch stimulation brought about by the blanket will produce serotonin in the child, which is a hormone that will help to calm him down and produce a happier frame of mind.

At bedtime, cover your little one with the weighted blanket to once again help the production of serotonin, which will lead to the production of melatonin–the hormone that helps us achieve a peaceful, restful night’s sleep.

We sell a number of weighted  blankets and see that this population of children teens and adults really embrace a weighted blanket as a sensory and therapy tool.

Who can a weighted blanket help? (Are they just for kids?)

Some people think that weighted blankets are just for kids.

That’s not true! A grownup can have issues that affect the nervous system, including  SPD (sensory processing disorder) ADHD, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.  We sell blankets to many children and adults  with these disorders.

Some people have trouble with naturally falling asleep, many suffer from sleep issues, in fact 22 Million (about 20% of the US population) has trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. We have lots of happy customers who have reported back that they are sleeping better and longer with a weighted blanket.

Another issue that a weighted blanket can help is anxiety – it’s estimated that about 18% of our society has anxiety issues (18 million), our blankets help this population as well -they provide calm and comfort.

One of our best selling blankets is our large weighted blanket (42 inches by 72 inches) it’s the size of a twin size bed spread.  Did you know that a weighted blanket that is 5% to 10% of your body weight  can engage your sleep hormones and help you rest longer and attain a better level of sleep?

There is a gland in the back of our brains called the pineal Gland that expresses serotonin and melatonin and the pressure of a weighted blanket causes it to put more of that into your system at night. Even a small increase in  the brain can make a huge difference for sleep. A weighted blanket can be a real miracle for the right person.

What’s the right weight for you?  We recommend 5% to 10% of your ideal body weight.

Our customers tell us  “This product is fantastic!! It feels really good and relaxing. Laura makes the process easy and fun. I really enjoyed picking out the fabric. I would recommend weighted blankets to everyone!! and another one says “I haven’t slept this well in years… the last time I slept this well I was 16 years old.”

So grab your weighted blanket at night… just like you would have a cup of coffee in the morning, and see if it doesn’t help.  We have evidence that this small change can help your quality of life.

For an adult Large weighted blanket again, you need 5% to 10% of ideal body weight for both of the Women’s and Men’s sizes. sittinguplady_on_couch

Sleep better, longer with weighted blanket – change your life

How well are you sleeping? We see mattress ads all over the place, customers spend tons of money on a good mattress… but don’t realize how a relative amount of weight on top of you in an evenly weighted blanket (pressure per square inch) can help you engage your sleep hormones to rest and attain a deeper level of sleep.

A weighted blanket can engage:

Your Parasympathetic nervous system (calming to your nervous system)

Your Pineal gland (place in the back of your brain that produces serotonin and melatonin)

to produce more natural sleep hormones… melatonin and serotonin for a comforting night’s sleep –  without a pill you can train your body and pressure points to instantly calm and produce nice sleepy hormones just by sleeping with a weighted blanket!

We recommend 5% to 10% of ideal body weight to aid sleep with a weighted blanket

We received this from Bridget this week , who wrote us to let us know how our product has helped her.


Titled – Changed my life! 

Reviewer Rated 5 out of 5 stars by reviewer
Product: Adult Weighted Blanket – Pink Floral & Bird with Pink Marble 
Posted By: Bridget 

“I suffer from anxiety and PTSD. I purchased this blanket to help be with those two problems.
Not only am I sleeping better/feeling calm, I am having the added benefit of experiencing less pain in my day to day life. My back and hips have greatly benefited from this blanket as well. That really has surprised me! 
The blanket is well made and I have already had to wash it and it washed beautifully. 
Thank you so very much!”

Let us know how we can lull you to sleep under a weighted blanket today! www.mosaicweightedblankets.comsleeping

Signs of Aspergers in young children – weighted blankets are a sensory tool that can help

As we head back to school, kids will be visiting pediatricians and receiving all kinds of info. Here is a great article on Aspergers from Pop Sugar moms and signs to look for in children at a young age.autistic_yellow

1. Fixation on One Activity

Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are preoccupied with a single or a few interests and focus on them for hours on end. As Circle of Moms member Karen R. shares: “The most common report from every parent I know . . . is that their kid fixated on something (their cars, their blue toys, their books) and played or attended [to] that thing for an outrageously long time.”

2. “Little Professor” Speech

“Typically a child with Asperger’s sounds like a little professor,” shares one Circle of Momsmember, Sheila D. “They tend to have advanced verbal skills, but due to the autism aspect of the syndrome they might seem fixated on a topic that they want to talk about all the time.” Children with Asperger’s syndrome may also speak more formally than usual for their age or prefer talking to adults.

3. Difficulty Reading Social Cues

Social difficulties are another key sign of Asperger’s syndrome. Reading body language may be hard, as well as taking turns or holding a conversation. As Eliana F. shares: “Group work at school is also hard for him, as he does not understand waiting his turn or accepting others point of view.” Similarly, Colleen notes: “My son is very social, but he doesn’t engage in two way conversations. He just talks and talks.” As a result of their social difficulties, children with Asperger’s syndrome may seem isolated from their peers.

4. Need For Routine

Structure plays a big part in our lives now,” shares Wendy B. Like many children with Asperger’s syndrome, Wendy’s granddaughter needs routines. “Otherwise it is very confusing for her. So shower is at 8:30 p.m. Bedtime is at 9:30 p.m. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., lunch at 12, supper at 6. You get the message, very structured. If I want to take her shopping, I start telling her a few days ahead — that way, it doesn’t upset her, but we still follow the same routine.”

5. Emotional Meltdowns

“My boy tends to have meltdowns when he gets overwhelmed,” shares Circle of Moms member Ylice. She’s not alone: many children with Asperger’s syndrome can’t handle routines or plans going awry. Amanda B. describes it as an “inability to control emotions when things are ‘out of order.'” 

6. Lack of Empathy

Another sign of Asperger’s syndrome is a seeming lack of empathy for others. Jennifer B. explains that her daughter “has no clue that people around here have feelings or wants and needs. She’s kinda like in her own little bubble as far as that goes. She can be totally aloof, in the clouds.”

7. Can’t Understand Speech Subtleties

Some people with Asperger’s syndrom have a hard time understanding speech tone, pitch, and accent. As Alice D. explains, they may take words very literally and be unable to understand sarcasm or jokes: “He doesn’t get jokes and things like that — he can’t tell if someone is kidding or if they are being serious.”

8. Unusual Body Language

Other signs of Asperger’s syndrome include unusual facial expressions or postures, and either staring a lot at others or avoiding eye contact altogether. Dana W. relays of her brother with Asperger’s syndrome: “He would never ever look people in the eyes.”

9. Delayed Motor Development

From handwriting to riding a bike, poor or delayed motor skills of many kinds could be a sign of Asperger’s syndrome. As Kim F. shares of her son, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in the second grade, “He was not athletic and had poor motor skills. Couldn’t skip, gallop etc.”

10. Sensory Sensitivities

Many children with Asperger’s syndrome have heightened sensory sensitivity. As a result, they can be easily overstimulated by certain sensations, whether it’s strong lights, loud noises, or textures. Jennifer B. notes of her daughter: “Even now she doesn’t like wearing some fabrics because of the way they feel. There are some sensations that she just does not like! Certain sounds, touches, etc.”

If you think your child may have Asperger’s syndrome, many readers say that the best path is to get an expert’s evaluation as soon as possible. And don’t be discouraged! As Sheila D. wisely advises: “It is typical to be scared and nervous, but a diagnosis of Asperger’s is not the end of the road for your child. It is a tool that will help you to help your child navigate a very different path than his ‘neurotypical’ peers. Find a local support group. Get informed, and be the best mom you can be.”

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We received a lovely email from our non perfect parenting blanket giveaway for July – this young lady has SPD and other issues and she loves her blanket! The smile on her face shines all the way from AZ.

Weighted blankets help children with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD – the results can can be great for a kid who needs to calm down

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Pokemon Creator has Autism

As children, my kids favorite overall character was Pokemon. Once again, we have discovered absolute genius from someone who has Autism. 

Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, is one of the most important developers working in video games today. Tajiri was autistic. He came up with the idea of Pokemon from his childhood hobby of collecting bugs. Pokemon went on to be so successful that only one franchise, Super Mario, has sold more copies. 

• In high school, Tajiri played video games so obsessively that he almost didn’t graduate from high school. 

• After he graduated he chose to attend a 2-year trade school to learn about electronics. 

• Tajiri’s form of autism is called Asperger syndrome. Because he is autistic, Tajiri’s mind works differently. 

• An average human brain processes about 13 to 30 cycles of brain wave energy per second where as individuals with autism can process up to 250,000 cycles of brain wave energy per second. 

• Tajiri’s peers described him as incredibly creative but “eccentric” and excessively shy and “reclusive.”

• These are common attributes for those with Asperger’s, they are high functioning but social interaction is difficult for them. 

In light of these obstacles, Tajiri found his passion in life and become immensely successful. Tajiri is an inspiration.satoshi tajiri brasil pokemon

Customer tell how a weighted blanket can help with panic and anxiety

Did you know that a weighted blanket can help with panic and anxiety?

 

lady_on_couchWe have happy customers out there that are feeling better under their Mosaic weighted blanket to cuddle up under at night, or to grab onto when they feel panicky and anxious.

 

Weighted blankets help to increase the production of serotonin and melatonin, the “feel good” hormones, as regulated by a part of the brain called the pineal gland.

 

We have several happy customers who have provided feedback on their weighted blanket:

 

“I don’t know about everyone, but I feel anxious sometimes, and my weighted blanket calms me down.” Aug 2013

 

“I haven’t slept this well since I was 16, haven’t slept this well in years!” Dec 2013

 

“I’m a teacher and this is a great therapy tool to help kids who feel out of control. Great solution for kids who get overwhelmed at times. I have ordered one for my classroom for those instances. It worked so well I bought one for myself at home. I got it in colors that I really liked.” April 2014

 

“ I live alone. When I have meltdowns my brother would put me in a tight hold which always calms me down. My speech therapist recommended a weighted blanket. I love it. I also use the blanket to sleep. For many years I have not slept very good. Because my mind won’t turn off. The blanket helps me to calm down, enough that I can fall asleep and sleep throughout the whole night. It was rare to sleep thoughout the night. Thank you. I am finally sleeping. It’s does help a lot.”

 

 

Mosaic Weighted Blankets offering Do It Youself Sew Kit – DIY

Can you sew?

Sew your own Weighted Blanket!

We know that many of our customers have people in their circle that can sew, so we have added DIY kits in all of our lovely solid colors! 

http://www.mosaicweightedblankets.com/diy-blanket-kits/

 You can buy a kit and choose to make a solid blanket color, or pair our colored fabric with the a fun fabric print of your choice, pairing a solid on one side and a printed side on the other side of the blanket.

You can buy popular prints over the web or at your favorite local fabric store.

Each package contains prepackaged pellets, precut fabric and Mosaic Weighted Blanket instructions. 

We are committed to our customers and have heard what they have said to us about needing this option for blankets. 

http://www.mosaicweightedblankets.com/diy-blanket-kits/

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How heavy should my weighted blanket be? Weight Chart Included!

Are you ordering a weighted blanket?

What is the best weight?  Is there a formula for weighted blankets?

We hear from customers every day, and wanted to share – the industry standard is that most OT’s and PTs recommend 10% of body weight plus a couple of pounds. Some people prefer more weight, some people prefer less weight.

If you or your loved one is a sensory person, with sensory processing disorder, or issues where you or your loved one are seeking cuddling or weight on you, any amount of weight will make you feel better, so you can rest assured when you order a weighted blanket, that there is no magic formula. Weighted blankets help, so we have created a chart with the lighter side of how much weight you should order to the heavier side of what you should order, depending on your weight. MWB has seen people order blankets that are too heavy, so we feel that if you choose the lighter side of the chart, it will still provide great benefits for sleep and relaxation.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets has taken orders for and sold over 1000 blankets to customers so we are sharing our experiences with you and our philosophy on what has worked with our customers.

 

 

Weight Lbs low Lbs high
50 lbs 4 lbs 7 lbs
55 lbs 4 lbs 8 lbs
60 lbs 5 lbs 9 lbs
65 lbs 5 lbs 9 lbs
70 lbs 6 lbs 10 lbs
75 lbs 6 lbs 10 lbs
80 lbs 7 lbs 11 lbs
85 lbs 7 lbs 11 lbs
90 lbs 8 lbs 11 lbs
95 lbs 8 lbs 11 lbs
100 lbs 8 lbs 12 lbs
105 lbs 8 lbs 12 lbs
110 lbs 9 lbs 13 lbs
115 lbs 9 lbs 13 lbs
120 lbs 10 lbs 15 lbs
125 lbs 10 lbs 15 lbs
130 lbs 10 lbs 16 lbs
135 lbs 10 1bs 16 lbs
140 lbs 10 lbs 16 lbs
145 lbs 10 lbs 16 lbs
150 lbs 10 lbs 16 lbs
160 lbs 10 lbs 18 lbs
165 lbs 11 lbs 18 lbs
170 lbs 11 lbs 18 lbs
175 lbs 12 lbs 19 lbs
180 lbs 12 lbs 20 lbs
185 lbs 12 lbs 20 lbs
190 lbs 12 lbs 20 lbs
195 lbs 12 lbs 20 lbs
200 lbs 12 lbs 21 lbs
210 lbs 12 lbs 22 lbs
220 lbs 12 lbs 22 lbs
230 lbs 12 lbs 23 lbs

 

 

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