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February Mosaic Weighted Blanket Giveaway

Did you know that Mosaic Weighted Blankets gives away a weighted blanket to one lucky fan every month?

Wouldn’t you or a loved one benefit from a Mosaic Weighted Blanket? Enter to win our monthly giveaway!

It couldn’t be simpler to enter. Just complete the items in the Rafflecopter below. You earn a few  entry points for completing a couple of mandatory items — then you have the option of earning even more entry points by helping us spread the word about Mosaic Weighted Blankets and all of their therapeutic possibilities. 

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Soldiers benefit from the therapeutic comfort of Weighted Blankets too.

Soldiers benefit from therapeutic comfort of Weighted Blankets too.

Mosaic Weighted Blankets received a great letter this week from a former combat soldier in Iraq about the benefits of using a weighted blanket for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He writes,

“I just saw a news report here on Philadelphia’s Fox News regarding your [Mosaic] weighted blankets. There was a doctor that said he “wasn’t quite certain if the weighted blankets had any true effect in helping patients.

I can not speak for any Autism assistance your blankets may give but I can speak as a soldier [to] the “calming” effect it has to assist with restless sleep and PTSD. I myself carried a heavy weighted blanket (crazy as that sounds) with me for a year and a half in Iraq. Afraid of not waking up each day that blanket was the only thing that would get me to sleep each night. 

Now, six years later, I still can not get a comfortable night’s sleep without my calming blanket. I do understand how ridiculous it sounds coming from a “Soldier,” that he needs his “Blankie” to fall asleep. I truly wish I did not need it but quite honestly its the only thing that keeps the dreams away and gets me a full night’s sleep. 

Weighted blankets are good and therapeutic for many different applications….even troops that have come home [from war] with PTSD. 

Keep up the great work! Though my blanket is NOT one of yours, it is weighted and provides the necessary therapeutic results that the Doctor[on the news] “wasn’t certain” about.”

SFC. David DeMarco, US Army Retired 

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD occurs in between 11 and 20 percent of veterans from the Afghan and Iraq wars, and in 31 percent of Vietnam war veterans. These statistics do not include current or former servicemembers who have never sought treatment through Veteran’s Affairs — many speculate these percentages should be much, much higher. PTSD is not only seen in soldiers who have experienced combat though — it can also be caused by experiencing a natural disaster, disease diagnosis, or violent assault. It can occur immediately following a terrifying event or may show up months or even years later. Emotional stress, fear, and sleep disturbances from PTSD can negatively affect work and family life — a fact our soldiers know all too well.

No matter the cause, PTSD is often a long-lasting struggle to reduce symptoms and get back to a healthy life. Nightmares and flashbacks tend to aggravate insomnia caused by PTSD but using a Weighted Blanket can be therapeutic, assisting with mood swings and restorative sleep.

When fearful thoughts strike, a weighted blanket draped over your body supports feelings of comfort and security, as SFC. DeMarco shared in his letter to us. The deep pressure touch stimulation has been found to weaken unwanted thoughts and relax muscle tension. Equivalent to the benefits of massage, moderate pressure applied to the body fosters the natural production of serotonin.

That serotonin transforms to melatonin, which induces sleepiness and helps to maintain sleep throughout the night. Comfortable and prescription-free, Weighted Blankets effectively supplement treatments for PTSD and are durable enough to last for the long haul.

If you know a soldier struggling with the aftermath of war — or maybe you are that soldier yourself — a weighted blanket may be able to bring some calm and security to your days and nights. Consider a weighted blanket for yourself, a loved one or even as a gift to a soldier family care clinic or VA Hospital. This simple blanket can help to bring some peace to a PTSD-sufferer’s life. 

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Coping with Chronic Pain

Pain.

{ugh!}

Such an ugly word.

Doctors say pain is necessary — it is our body’s way of telling us when something is wrong. And I can accept pain with a reason. If I tried to act like a kid again by riding my son’s skateboard and fell and broke my arm. The pain is there to tell me I’m hurt and that I should probably think things through a little better before acting on silly ideas next time. I get it. Falling hard = pain.

But then there’s the pain that plagues some of us for no reason. Doctors call it chronic pain. I call it hell {and sometimes other words when I’m alone with it}. There are a myriad of labels that our physicians may put on this pain when they finally determine that they can’t determine any reason for it — bad back, arthritis, migraine headaches or, in my case, Fibromyalgia.

Sometimes there’s medication that helps some people with some of these conditions. Sometimes there’s not. That leaves sufferers of chronic pain to learn how to cope. We must learn to accept the pain as part of our existence and implement strategies to minimize its affects on our life.

While I searched for three years for a label for my myriad of worsening symptoms, my chronic and life-altering pain just began four months ago under the stress of a work-related traumatic hand injury my husband endured. Stress and fear ratcheted and my body became inflamed and foreign to me within 12 hours of his accident. The new pain actually brought clarity to my puzzling health concerns and helped my doc and I discover my Fibromyalgia.

So I’m fairly new to chronic pain. It can make you feel anything but new though.

I take medication for my condition, which is supposed to help with the pain. It does… some. I am starting to go on short walks around my neighborhood consistently, whether I feel like it or not, to keep from getting too stiff. Sometimes I take an extra hot or extra long shower. And I use tools like a heating pad or a weighted blanket when my legs feel like they just might crawl right off my body.

I am learning to say, “No,” sometimes too. I do only as much as I should when I can, and don’t do anything when I can’t. Okay, okay. That’s a lie. But I’m working toward that goal! It’s tough. I don’t want to let my condition win. Yet, not knowing and/or heeding my {new} limitations is exactly when my condition inhibits me the most.

I don’t have any real words of wisdom about chronic pain. It’s a little about having the right tools and a lot about changing your lifestyle to only allow your condition to take as little from you as possible.

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Penny Williams is a freelance writer, real estate broker, social media consultant, wife, and mom living in Asheville, N.C. She is the original creator of {a mom’s view of ADHD} and has just started a new blogging project at BeingEverythingButMom.com. She has published several pieces in ADDitude Magazine, as well as personal essays in the books Easy to Love but Hard to Raise and Sensational Journeys.  When not writing, she can usually be found behind a camera.

Asperger’s Explained

There is a lot of talk and mystery lately about Asperger’s syndrome. What exactly IS it? What causes it? What are the symptoms?

Asperger’s syndrome or disorder is an ASD (autism spectrum disorder). It is most often characterized by difficulties in social interaction and may be accompanied by specific patterns of behavior or speech. People with Asperger’s syndrome tend to be capable of functioning in everyday life, but may be less socially adept, appearing eccentric. The exact cause is unknown, but there appears to be a likelihood of a genetic basis. It is NOT caused by poor parenting or emotional deprivation.

There is an excellent video that explains Asperger’s syndrome on the CNN website: Click here to see this video.

Kids Health also has a very informative article on this disorder. Click here to read the article.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

We’ve all heard the phrase “the gift that keeps on giving”. And if you, like most of us, have often wished you could find such a gift, we have the answer for you. As we’ve become more aware of our environment and the effect it has on our health and the health of our children, people have looked for ways to address the resultant issues and improve our quality of life by changes to our environment.

With that goal in mind, the Mosaic weighted blanket was created. You’ve probably read the effects and benefits of our weighted blanket elsewhere on this blog or our website. If you have someone in your life who struggles with ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, stress or a variety of disorders such as fibromyalgia, Asperger’s syndrome, PTSD or other related problems, our blanket can be a gift like no other. A gift that helps relieve their stress, helps them relax and sleep longer and deeper than they have in a long time. A gift that truly can change their life! From children to teens and elderly adults, the weighted blanket can offer a new lease on life, giving the recipient a much-needed recuperative and less restless sleep.

If you know someone who has a child with Autism (or are the parent), this blanket can be the best gift you’ve ever given or received. Many parents of children with Autism have stated that after using the weighted blanket, both they and their child have the most restful night they’ve had in years! Now, isn’t that a wonderful gift for someone in YOUR life?

For Christmas gifting, we have a variety of in-stock blankets to choose from which are readily available in time for Christmas, as they ship within 2-3 business days. Of course, you can always select a custom blanket, but because they are custom crafted to your specifications, it does take about 2 weeks to create your order and we cannot guarantee delivery in time for this Christmas (late gift, birthday, etc.?)

Our blankets are even for folks that don’t have sensory processing or any other disorders because they are just plain comfy to snuggle up with (like a heavy comforter feels on a cold winter night). Take it with you to football games or outdoor sporting events to stay warm (order in your team colors!).

Another great idea-buy one and donate it to the non-profit foundation of your choice so they can help someone in need.

Order your blanket now and you really CAN give the gift that keeps on giving!

Wild Ninja Writes About The Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Starting with a discussion of Dr. Temple Grandin and her story of autism, resulting in her staunch advocacy for those with developmental disabilities, the article goes on to explain, “No one has to be convinced of the benefits of deep pressure; most of us enjoy a good massage. Such pressure is profoundly relaxing, and we pay big bucks to enjoy those sensations at spas and from massage therapists. We seek out massages from our spouses and partners, reveling in the touch after a long day at work. Pets know; they LOVE massages.”

This article is filled with excellent information on how to recognize if you or someone you know may be able to benefit from a weighted blanket. For example: “Deep pressure stimulation is one way of treating sensory defensiveness. If you can identify with this condition, take out a piece of paper and pen and make a list of what you do to make yourself comfortable nowadays. Trust me, the list will flow. “

Read the full article

Austin American Statesman Article Includes Mosaic Weighted Blankets

We’re pleased to announce that Mosaic Weighted Blankets has been included in an article in the Austin American Statesman!

The section of “Raising Austin” included an article titled, “Austin moms design products for play and sleep”.  Our blankets were selected as one of the featured items in this article.

Here’s what the Statesman had to say:

mosaic weighted blanket foundersLocal moms Laura LeMond and Beth Peacock bonded over their lack of sleep. Restless leg syndrome was keeping Peacock awake. Lemond’s sensory integration issues were caused by being born two months early, she says, and kept her from falling asleep and staying asleep. They each had techniques they had adapted: sand bags around them or books at their feet.

The duo, who have five children between them, developed Mosaic Weighted Blankets to hug the body, helping to release serotonin and endorphins to relax the body. They liken it to being swaddled as a baby or getting a full-body massage. The blankets are custom made for each person to get the right size to cover the body from the ankles to about the armpits and to get the right weight, which depends on the person’s size, weight and physical needs. The blankets are used in 20 and 30 minute intervals. Typically, a person wears it to fall asleep and then naturally kicks it off. If they wake up again, they pull it back on and go back to sleep.

Read the full article here »

 

NBC’s Parenthood & Weighted Blankets

One of our favorite shows…a wonderful family drama dealing with the real-life challenges…and many joys…relating to having a child with Asperger’s.

NBC’s popular show “Parenthood” is back this fall with a new season. We were pleased to discover that they were using a weighted blanket as a calming aid for Max, who is a character in the show having Asperger’s Syndrome. 

Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism. In the show, Max shows how a child with the condition can often have normal speech and cognitive development; and he also depicts a hallmark of the disorder by having a very intense intellectual focus on one or two subjects. In Max’s case, he loves bugs!

The Autism Speaks website has a short video clip of this season premiere. Be sure to check it out. We are happy that the benefits of a weighted blanket were shared with such a wide audience. 

 

 

Easing Dental Anxiety in Children

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Dental Anxiety

Even for adults, dental anxiety can be nerve racking. Children who are unacquainted with the setting and who do not fully understand it, there is added stress involved.  This is particularly true of children affected by developmental disabilities who thrive on the comfort of routine and familiar places.

Regardless of the anxiety involved, it is necessary to get children to the dentist at least once per year.  Researchers may have found a way to reduce the pressures placed on children in that setting.  In a study involving thirty-five total children, sixteen of who faced developmental challenges, it was found that when certain modifications were made to the dentists work space, the children showed fewer signs of stress.

Each of the children were assessed during two dental visits.  During the first, the atmosphere was much like the average dental office, including the bright overhead light and the typical chair.  Children demonstrated many signs of discomfort, including several minutes of anxious behavior once seated in the chair.  The kids afflicted with developmental disabilities acted out for nearly twenty minutes longer than those who were not.  However, during the second visit, the room was altered.  The overhead lamp was replaced with a headlamp donned by the dentist, a soothing color lamp, weighted blanket, calming music, and a vibrating chair were also substituted in for the normal fixtures.  This made a significant difference in the children’s behavior, particularly for those with disabilities.  Instead of showing signs of stress for more than twenty minutes, on average, the sixteen children were calmed after just nine minutes.

Read more about how to ease child’s dental anxiety

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Mosaic Weighted Blankets | Improving Sleep

Sleep Relief

For Sensory, Autistic, and Sleep Related Disorders

Using a Mosaic Weighted Blanket can help in improving sleep patterns and in addressing insomnia.

Located in the beautiful city of Austin, here at Mosaic Weighted Blankets we are truly passionate about helping everyone find sleep relief. Our weighted blankets are a true miracle for those that find it difficult to sleep through the night. Whether you lose sleep from Autism, sensory disorders, or just stress a weighted blanket could be the key to a great nights sleep.

Learn More about how Weighted Blankets are Helping Improve People’s Lives:

  • Here you can find more information about who can benefit from using a weighted blanket.
  • Here is our testimonial page. See first hand how much people already love our weighted blankets.