WHERE DID THE IDEA OF WEIGHTED BLANKETS COME FROM?

Dr. Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950. She graduated from university and to this day, she is a prominent author and world-renowned autism spokesperson.

 

During her years in university, while she was looking into ways to treat her own anxiety, she discovered the benefits of  pressure as a way to calm her overstimulated nervous system.  She created a squeeze machine for herself, which gave her relief due to the deep pressure stimulation. 

Researchers and clinicians have adapted the idea into weighted blankets.  Research has found that deep pressure stimulation releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that creates the feeling of calm and converts to melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. 

Weighted blankets mimic deep pressure stimulation resulting in a calming and comforting affect on one's body.

 

The standard industry formula for weighted blankets is 10% of body weight.