frequently asked questions

How to calculate the correct weight for a weighted blanket?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) recommend that weighted blankets should be 10% of a user’s body weight. We recommend using this guideline when buying a single or king single blanket.

So, if the user weighs 30kg, then you should get a 3kg weighted blanket.

You can use our weighted blanket calculator for single beds here.

However, if you are buying a double or queen size weighted blanket or a double, queen, king or super king weighted quilt insert, then we recommend adding 1kg. This is because the weight from the glass beads is spread over a wider area.

Where you have two people using a double or queen weighted blanket or a double, queen, king or super king quilt insert, then take the average weight of the two users and add 1kg.

So, if one user is 60kg and one is 80kg, the average weight would be 70kg. The large blanket or quilt insert should then be 7kg + 1kg = 8kg.

Or use our calculator for large blankets below.

Weighted blanket vs weighted quilt insert?

Our weighted blankets are designed to lie on top of a bed with no overhang. This keeps them moulded around your body for the best Deep Pressure Touch input.

In contrast, Calming Moments’ weighted quilt inserts are used in an ordinary duvet or doona cover.

They hang over the sides of the bed and look the same as a conventional summer weight duvet.

The advantage is that they look the same as an ordinary duvet and you can regularly wash the cover.

Are Calming Moments’ weighted blankets made in Australia?

All Calming Moments’ weighted blankets and quilt inserts are 100% made at our factory in Mandurah, Western Australia with as many locally sourced inputs as we can find.

  • We use Australian-made micro glass beads to weight the blankets. That way we are confident that the beads do not contain any potentially harmful “fillers”.
  • We insert an Australian-made wadding to soften the blanket and spread the beads evenly through the blanket. This means that the beads do not pool in one place and the weight is evenly spread through each pocket.
Should I get a weighted blanket or a compression sheet?

The weighted blanket and weighted compression sheets both provide Deep Pressure Touch, which calms the body and helps you sleep.

You should prefer a compression sheet to a weighted blanket:

  • When it is extremely hot and you cannot sleep under a blanket;
  • If you like firm pressure, but don’t want a relatively heavy weight on you while you sleep.
Should I use a weighted blanket and a compression sheet together?

We do not recommend using a compression sheet and weighted blanket together.

What is Deep Pressure Touch?

Deep Pressure Touch is a consistent, firm but gentle pressure that OTs apply to the body. The weight of a weighted blanket also applies Deep Pressure Touch – which feels like a hug – to your body.

A number of clinical studies have shown that Deep Pressure Touch calms both the body and mind.

It works in two phases in the central nervous system.

In the first stage, Deep Pressure Touch shuts down your sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” instinct.

Secondly, Deep Pressure Touch switches the parasympathetic nervous system on. This slows your breathing and heart rate. Your muscles relax and your blood pressure declines. Simply, it causes your body to de-stress.

This de-stressing process is then given a boost.

The parasympathetic nervous system also releases endorphins (or “feel-good” hormones) and the “happy neuro-transmitter serotonin. (Serotonin helps control sleep, mood, appetite, social behaviour, digestion and memory.

The end result is that you feel calmer and less overwhelmed. And at least one clinical study has shown that this helps you got to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Are Calming Moments’ weighted blankets cool enough to use in a hot climate?

Calming Moments’ cotton blankets are a relatively cool blanket because they are made from natural, breathable fabrics.

However, they are nonetheless blankets. This means they are warmer than just sleeping under a sheet.

If you are looking for the comfort of Deep Pressure touch in the height of Australia’s summer, we recommend you use one of our lycra compression sheets instead.

Can I use NDIS funding to buy a Calming Moments’ weighted blanket?

Yes, you can!

  • If you are self-managed, you can order online, pay online and then reallocate the funds to yourself. Alternatively, we will send you an invoice and you can make direct payment.
  • If you are plan-managed, we will send your case manager an invoice that they can submit.

We will make your blanket and ship it to you as soon as we receive payment.

In both cases, please fill out this form and we will send the invoice

How to redeem your Calming Moments points to get a discount on your next purchase?

At Calming Moments you earn points on every transaction. These can be used to get a discount on your future purchases. (Your discount will be worked out on the basis of a $1 discount for every 10 points you have available.)

To redeem your points, first log into your Calming Moments account at

https://calmingmoments.com.au/my-account/

You can check your points balance in the dropdown menu or at https://calmingmoments.com.au/my-account/points-and-rewards/

Then add whichever products to your cart that you would like to buy.

Redeeming your points

Once you have clicked on the checkout button, you will be taken to the checkout page.

At the top you will see this message that lets you know how many points you have – and the value that it counts towards your discount.

Click the purple “Apply Discount” Button to redeem your points for a cash saving.

Then check out and we’ll send your product order to you.

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