Weighted Blankets in the care of Body Focused Repetitive Disorders

The world can be an overwhelming place and we all need a hug now and then. Weighted blankets allow you to comfort yourself (or your child) by providing that soothing sensation of weight surrounding the body.  New parents quickly learn the magical calming effect of swaddling a fussy newborn.  A weighted blanket provides the same re-assuring deep pressure you experienced in the womb.

How does it work? The blanket’s weight provides proprioceptive cues to the body – that means that it gives you awareness of your body’s position in space. The blanket’s deep pressure causes you to release serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s natural pleasure and calming chemicals. You feel relaxed, calm and at peace. These blankets have long been used for children who have difficulty sleeping and are now gaining popularity as a natural remedy for conditions such as anxiety, dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, stress, and yes, body focused disorders like trichotillomania and dermatillomania. As we all know, hair pulling is an attempt at self comfort and a weighted blanket can provide the peace we seek.

While the blanket can be any size you wish, most adults will want one that is around 40 by 70 inches. The weight of the blanket is determined by your own weight – you will need at least 10% of your body weight. Plastic pellets are used to manufacture these blankets and they are washable. Please use caution if you intend to buy one for a child under the age of three or for an elderly or disabled adult – frail people may need assistance with a weighted cover.

And if a blanket is not convenient for you, weighted vests and snakes are also available online. Check it out online and you will even find instructions to make such a blanket yourself. If you have already tried this technique we would love to hear your experience…
  • You need to keep your hands busy, and WE NEED YOUR HELP to make weighted blankets for children who desperately need them, please make A5 sized pockets with a zip fastener.  Use the contact form to let us know when you have completed your pockets (and what country you are in) and we will send you the address.  You can use any fabric you choose but we find that even girls most often ask us for a blanket made of blue fleece or a good quality beige fur.

Please don’t request a blanket for yourself or a child as we already have too many requests at present.  As soon as that situation changes, we will change this notice.

By Louise