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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about weighted blankets. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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


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


If you are buying a king single, double, queen, king or super king blanket then the weight is spread over a wider area.


As a result, we recommend a heavier weight. You will find detailed weight recommendations here and on the product pages. 


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.

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.

 

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. 

 

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

We do not recommend that children younger than 2 use weighted calming blankets

Deep Pressure Touch is a consistent, firm but gentle pressure that Occupational Therapists 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. 

The NDIS funds weighted blankets in some circumstances.


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. (Please ensure that a weighted blanket has already been added to your plan.)

If you are NDIA-managed, we will submit the payment request through the portal.
We will make your blanket and ship it to you as soon as we receive payment.