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What is a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket is – simply – a blanket that is deliberately made heavier than an ordinary blanket. The weight comes from its bead filling, which is evenly distributed through the whole blanket.

These heavy blankets help relieve stress and anxiety. This, in turn:

  • Helps you go to sleep quicker and stay asleep for longer;
  • Calm down if you are overexcited or having a meltdown; and
  • Focus.

How does a weighted blanket work?

Weighted blankets use Deep Pressure Touch. This is firm yet gentle pressure applied to the body – almost like a hug. This pressure triggers two reactions in the body that result in feelings of peace and calm.

These reactions both take place in the central nervous system.

The body’s nervous system is made up of two parts: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.

  • The sympathetic nervous system is the “ready to act” part of the body. It’s in control whenever you face a dangerous or stressful situation. It’s the “fight or flight” response.
  • In contrast, the parasympathetic calms both the body and the mind. When it is in charge, your muscles relax and your heart rate slows.

Reaction #1: Deep Pressure Touch shuts off the “fight or flight” response

The first thing Deep Pressure Touch does is to “switch off” the sympathetic nervous system (the "fight or flight" instinct).

(You will naturally feel anxious, on edge and very, very tired if the sympathetic nervous system is in control of your body for long time periods.)

Then, the Deep Pressure Touch activates the parasympathetic nervous system.

This makes you feel calm and peaceful.

When the parasympathetic system is in charge, your muscles relax and your heart rate will slow down.

Reaction #2: Deep Pressure Touch causes your body to release “happy hormones” naturally

Next, the parasympathetic nervous system also releases endorphins – the “feel good” hormones that are also activated by exercise.

And then it triggers your body to release serotonin. This is one of the brain’s “happy” neuro-transmitters.

  • Serotonin helps regulate sleep, social behaviour, mood, appetite, digestion and memory.

So then, weighted blankets work due to the combined action of switching from the “flight or fight” response to a calm state of mind - plus the natural release of “feel good” chemicals in the body.

Who can benefit from using a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket’s Deep Pressure Touch can help relieve anxiety. Medical professionals - like occupational therapists - recommend weighted blankets for patients who have:

  • Autism;
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD);
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
  • Dementia;
  • Insomnia;
  • Restless leg syndrome;
  • High levels of anxiety and stress; or
  • Sensory disorders.

Is there scientific proof that weighted blankets help?

There have been a number of clinical studies that have objectively measured the calming effects of Deep Pressure Touch on the body.

One clinical study found that use of deep pressure touch device resulted in reduced stress and feelings of calmness in as little as three minutes in adults. It measured this through collecting heart rate and respiration data by putting electrodes on the study participants’ chest and back. It also measured skin conductance to assess the level of sympathetic nervous system activity.

A second study specifically studied the safety and effectiveness of a weighted blanket on 32 adults.

  • 68% of the study participants reported lower anxiety after using the weighted blanket; and
  • 78% preferred the weighted blanket as a calming tool.

There is another clinical study that caught my eye. It found that “grounding” the human body by weighting it down during sleep reduces the level of cortisol. (Cortisol is the stress hormone.) The study participants reported improved sleep patterns and reduced pain and stress.

Who shouldn’t use a weighted blanket?

However, weighted blankets don’t work for everyone. They will not help anyone who doesn’t like heavy weights on their chest.

In addition, people who have sleep apnea, diabetes or blood circulation problems should not use weighted blankets.

People with asthma should not use a weighted blanket to sleep, but can use it in a sitting up position.

Children and babies under 2 should not use a weighted blanket.

How to use a weighted blanket

You can use your weighted blanket to:

  • Help you go to sleep and stay asleep longer;
  • Calm your panicked and anxious feelings; and
  • Improve your focus on school or other work.

Using a weighted blanket to improve sleep

Just simply put your weighted blanket on your bed and climb in. You can use an electric blanket or other blankets on top of it if it is cold.

Using a weighted blanket to calm anxious feelings

To use your weighted blanket as a calm-down tool, just simply wrap it around you or climb under it. You can either sit or lie.

Using a weighted blanket to improve focus

A weighted blanket’s calming deep pressure touch can help you pay more attention and focus. The calming pressure leaves you more alert and can stop the “wriggles”.

Many adults and children use weighted lap blankets or pads to help pay attention and focus at work or school.

Weighted blankets should never be used as a restraint. Please do not roll anybody up in a weighted blanket.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be?

Occupational therapists recommend that weighted blankets be 10% of the user’s body weight. We recommend adding 1 kg to the blanket weight if you buy a double, queen or king size weighted blanket or quilt insert.

Want to know more?

Find out more about Calming Moments weighted blankets and how they can help you sleep better here.

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Or browse our wide range of single, king single, double and queen size weighted blankets below. We also offer weighted quilt inserts right up to super king size.

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Our Weighted Blanket Range:

Weighted Quilt Inserts

Our weighted blanket quilt inserts are great for those who just want to use their own quilt cover. This also has a huge cost saving advantage and is a popular favourite with our customers.

Made from 100% Prewashed Cotton Calico. We have all popular quilt sizes from single to king size.

Save upto 30% OFF on all weighted Quilt Inserts

Shop online now for quilt inserts. from $129
Weighted Blanket Australia

Weighted Blankets for Beds

Designed to sit on top of your bed and come in a variety of colours, printed patterns, textures. Our Dual colour blanket is popular as you can have a different colour each side.

Made from 100% Cotton, add bamboo padding to make even softer and snuggly.

Save 20% OFF on all Bed Size weighted blankets with FREE upgrade to PREMIUM Australian Made Bamboo Fill

Shop online now for weighted blankets for beds. from $149
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Weighted Travel Blankets

After a bigger weighted blanket that you can take on the go? Or just want a smaller blanket to snuggle up in, then these are a perfect fit. We have also found these to be a favourite item with occupational therapists for their clients so have now released this sizing to the public.

Available in four types depending on your budget and also available with optional cotton padding to make softer and thicker.

Shop online now for weighted travel blankets. from $119
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Weighted Lap Blankets

Weighted lap blankets are great for school, the car or even for relaxing in a chair and enjoying the deep pressure relief a weighted blanket provides. Available in different types depending on your budget and also available to have padding inserted for people who would like a softer/thicker blanket.

Shop online now for weighted lap blankets. from $59

Why customer's love our products and service:

I am so happy with my weighted blanket. I've used heavier blankets for a little while now and can't sleep without them.

Coming into warmer weather I was starting to stress about the overheating so decided id finally treat myself to a weighted blanket. I could not be happier.

I have slept amazing (better than usual) and I love that it's not hot at all. Immaculately made and I will be purchasing another for my son very soon. Delivery was fast. Thank you

Jess Webber / Facebook Review

Had tears in my eyes when opening the weighted blanket, so soft and not having beads rolling around, just looks like a normal bed quit so my girls don't feel different.

Totally amazing quality and looking at ordering more for my other children.

Thank you so much.

Ky Wallis / Facebook Review

The quality of your weighted blanket is amazing. The pellets are fine and very user-friendly which is really important for my asd kids who don't like bumps.

The workmanship is also excellent. The price is so much cheaper than inferior quality products that cost more. Our OTs hadn't even heard of your company so we are happily singing your praises and spreading the word.

Integrity in business and especially in supports for special needs people is really appreciated!

Lynette Madge / Facebook Review
Reviewer

Easy to order, fantastic service, fast turnaround, product is well made. Highly recommend Calming Moments if you are looking for a weighted blanket, the blanket with micro beads instead of poly pellets is lovely and compact, my child loves it, it’s really helped her to settle at night.

Alicia Dunne / Facebook Review
Reviewer

Thank you Cherise and the team for making another beautiful blanket for us. This is our third one from Calming Moments( have a lap, travel and now double bed size blanket) and I recommend your blankets to family and friends. I love that they are Australian Made and a fantastic quality. Thanks again!

Bel Backus / Facebook Review
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Amazing company donated a blanket to help a sick little girl, very high quality products made with upmost care, wonderful customer service a pleasure to deal with highly recommend.

Maddy Stu / Facebook Review
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I purchased three weighted blankets (one for hubby and I and one for each child) because I was sick of the lack of sleep I was getting due to everyone else. They take a little getting used to after a light feather doona but I absolutely swear by them! My husband (who suffers from a sleep disorder) says that he loves the weighted blanket and it has significantly reduced his need to take sleep medication.

He really noticed the difference when he went away and was without the blanket for a few days. I used to wake up at night and lay awake for ages but this doesn’t happen any more with the weighted blanket. The kids are both much more settled at night as well! Very happy with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone with sleep issues.

Kristen Watts / Facebook Review
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I have been using this blanket for 6 months now and it’s definitely the best buy ever in my life. I used to take 2-3hours just to fall asleep and can’t stay asleep because of anxiety. Now I fall asleep within half and hour and stay asleep most of the nights and feel refreshed in the morning. Not to mention that the blanket is very well stitched and the materials used inside the blanket are very fine and soft to touch. I can’t thank you enough for your good work in helping us.

Kevyl NXing / Facebook Review
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I have A.D.D and bought a lap pad to sit on my lap at work to help me stay calm and focussed. I’m honestly so impressed with my entire purchase. The pad itself is fantastic and I am way less fidgety when I’m using it, the colour choices are great, and they’re really well made. But the best part by far is the customer service. Your order is updated with notes through the entire process so you know exactly what’s happening and when, and it’s clear the staff are passionate about what they do. Highly recommend.

Ashley Coleman / Facebook Review
Reviewer

Would just like to say that I purchased a weighted blanket for my suspected austism spectrum 4yr old son at Calming moments on recommendations on afterpay page and from friends. I received the blanket in the mail today and my son has hardly left it alone. I would also like to say the craftsmanship in these products are amazing I would rate them 5/5 stars and recommend them to anyone. I will also in the near future be ordering one for my 15 yr old a.d.d son as he keeps stealing it.

Nicole Fisher / Facebook Review
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I was so sceptical initially cause I thought ‘well it’s only a blanket’. I read so many reviews and eventually thought fudge it, why not? Best decision I’ve ever made. I love my weighted blanket so much. It’s done wonders for me. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep so fast so consecutively in my life. And it just gives me a sense of calm and protection I didn’t have before. Definitely recommend.

Sarah Jayde / Facebook Review
Reviewer

I ordered a custom made weighted blanket for my little boy who loves planets in the sparkly space material- it’s so beautiful and the service was amazing! It was made and arrived super quick in time for Christmas. The blanket is very well made and I love that it is Machine washable. Highly recommend Calming Moments.

Rebekah Bradley / Facebook Review
From $59.00

This weighted lap blanket/ pad is the size of a tray and lie over your knees. Buy it in just 3 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. (See full product description below.) Step 2: Pick the fabric colour. Step 3: Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Add to cart and then check out. We ship internationally.

From $72.00

Our corduroy weighted lap blanket has sensory corduroy fabric on one side and plain cotton on the other. This gives a great tactile experience as you can feel the texture of the corduroy as you rub your hands across this blanket. Since we use plain cotton fabric the other side, you can decide which type of tactile experience you want on your legs. Buy it in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Choose your weighted lap blanket's colour. Step 3: Choose your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 4: Add to cart and then check out. [block id="lap-free-padding"]

From $72.00

This minky weighted lap blanket has a sensory minky touch one side and plain cotton on the other. This gives a great tactile experience as you can feel the bumps and smooth minky fabric as you rub your hands across this blanket.  Please allow 1-2 days to prepare product for shipping Buy it in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Choose the minky colour for the front of your blanket. Step 3: Choose your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 4: Add to cart and then check out. [block id="lap-free-padding"]

From $72.00

This weighted blanket is the size of a small tray and lies over your knees. Great for the car, taking to school or just for people who need it when sitting in a chair as a comforting aid. Buy your weighted lap blanket in just 3 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Pick the fabric colour Step 3: Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Add to cart and then check out Please allow 1-2 days to prepare product for shipping click link  for larger prints https://www.calmingmoments.com.au/available-prints-for-our-weighted-blankets/ [block id="lap-free-padding"]

From $75.00

This weighted blanket is the size of a small tray and lies over your knees. Design your own by choosing the fabrics you want from our library. Buy your weighted lap blanket in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Pick the fabric for the front of the blanket. Step 3: Choose the fabric for the back of your blanket. Step 4:  Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Add to cart and then check out. [block id="lap-free-padding"]  

From $79.00

Our vinyl weighted lap blanket is a great solution for nursing homes, hospitals or places where the blanket might need to be able to be cleaned down more often. You can just wipe it clean without worrying about having to wash it and then wait for it to dry on the line. Buy it in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Choose the vinyl colour. Step 3: Choose your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 4: Add to cart and then check out. [block id="lap-free-padding"]

From $79.00

Our weighted Shoulder Soother is designed to wear at work, school or just relaxing at home. Buy it in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your Shoulder Soother size Step 2: Pick the fabric for your Shoulder Soother Step 3: Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 4: Add to cart and then check out.

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From $85.00

Our weighted Shoulder Soother is designed to wear at work, school or just relaxing at home. Buy it in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your Shoulder Soother size Step 2: Pick the fabric for your Shoulder Soother Step 3: Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 4: Add to cart and then check out.

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From $89.00

This weighted blanket is the size of a small tray and lies over your knees. Great for the car, taking to school or just for people who need it when sitting in a chair as a comforting aid. Buy your weighted lap blanket in just 3 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Pick the fabric colour Step 3: Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Add to cart and then check out. Please allow 1-2 days to prepare product for shipping We ship internationaly. [block id="lap-free-padding"]

From $95.00

Our Shoulder Soother is designed to wear while at work, school or just relaxing at home. Buy it in just 5 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your Shoulder Soother size Step 2: Pick the fabric for the front of  your Shoulder Soother Step 3: Choose the fabric for the back of your Shoulder Soother Step 4: Pick your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 5: Add to cart and then check out. We ship internationally.

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From $99.00

This Emotions weighted lap blanket helps reduce anxiety and gives your child an easy way to explain explain how they are feeling. Please allow 1-2 days to prepare product for shipping Buy it in just 4 easy steps. Step 1: Choose your blanket’s weight. Step 2: Choose the fabric for the back of your blanket. Step 3: Choose your padding option. (We highly recommend that you add padding.) Step 4: Add to cart and then check out. We ship internationally.


Reviewer

Easy to order, fantastic service, fast turnaround, product is well made. Highly recommend Calming Moments if you are looking for a weighted blanket, the blanket with micro beads instead of poly pellets is lovely and compact, my child loves it, it’s really helped her to settle at night.

Alicia Dunne / Facebook Review
Reviewer

Thank you Cherise and the team for making another beautiful blanket for us. This is our third one from Calming Moments( have a lap, travel and now double bed size blanket) and I recommend your blankets to family and friends. I love that they are Australian Made and a fantastic quality. Thanks again!

Bel Backus / Facebook Review
Quote Best

Amazing company donated a blanket to help a sick little girl, very high quality products made with upmost care, wonderful customer service a pleasure to deal with highly recommend.

Maddy Stu / Facebook Review
Reviewer

I purchased three weighted blankets (one for hubby and I and one for each child) because I was sick of the lack of sleep I was getting due to everyone else. They take a little getting used to after a light feather doona but I absolutely swear by them! My husband (who suffers from a sleep disorder) says that he loves the weighted blanket and it has significantly reduced his need to take sleep medication.

He really noticed the difference when he went away and was without the blanket for a few days. I used to wake up at night and lay awake for ages but this doesn’t happen any more with the weighted blanket. The kids are both much more settled at night as well! Very happy with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone with sleep issues.

Kristen Watts / Facebook Review
Reviewer

I have been using this blanket for 6 months now and it’s definitely the best buy ever in my life. I used to take 2-3hours just to fall asleep and can’t stay asleep because of anxiety. Now I fall asleep within half and hour and stay asleep most of the nights and feel refreshed in the morning. Not to mention that the blanket is very well stitched and the materials used inside the blanket are very fine and soft to touch. I can’t thank you enough for your good work in helping us.

Kevyl NXing / Facebook Review
Reviewer

I have A.D.D and bought a lap pad to sit on my lap at work to help me stay calm and focussed. I’m honestly so impressed with my entire purchase. The pad itself is fantastic and I am way less fidgety when I’m using it, the colour choices are great, and they’re really well made. But the best part by far is the customer service. Your order is updated with notes through the entire process so you know exactly what’s happening and when, and it’s clear the staff are passionate about what they do. Highly recommend.

Ashley Coleman / Facebook Review
Reviewer

Would just like to say that I purchased a weighted blanket for my suspected austism spectrum 4yr old son at Calming moments on recommendations on afterpay page and from friends. I received the blanket in the mail today and my son has hardly left it alone. I would also like to say the craftsmanship in these products are amazing I would rate them 5/5 stars and recommend them to anyone. I will also in the near future be ordering one for my 15 yr old a.d.d son as he keeps stealing it.

Nicole Fisher / Facebook Review
Reviewer

I was so sceptical initially cause I thought ‘well it’s only a blanket’. I read so many reviews and eventually thought fudge it, why not? Best decision I’ve ever made. I love my weighted blanket so much. It’s done wonders for me. I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep so fast so consecutively in my life. And it just gives me a sense of calm and protection I didn’t have before. Definitely recommend.

Sarah Jayde / Facebook Review
Reviewer

I ordered a custom made weighted blanket for my little boy who loves planets in the sparkly space material- it’s so beautiful and the service was amazing! It was made and arrived super quick in time for Christmas. The blanket is very well made and I love that it is Machine washable. Highly recommend Calming Moments.

Rebekah Bradley / Facebook Review