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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.

Weighted blankets help calm anxiety, relieve stress and help you sleep better for longer.

Weighted blankets use “Deep Pressure Touch”, which deactivates the body’s “fight or flight” response.

It then floods the blood stream with mood-boosting hormones like endorphins and serotonin. As a result, clinical studies have found that heart rates and breathing rates slow.

Clinical studies have also found that Deep Pressure Touch reduces cortisol, which is the hormone linked to stress.

Lastly, it helps your body produce more of the sleep hormone melatonin. 

All of this together helps physically relax your body and mind so that you feel less anxious and can sleep better.

If your weighted blanket is made with the correct – and safe – weight for your body AND you can easily lift it off your body, then you can use it all night for the best positive impact on your sleep.

Weighted blankets work because they are heavier than an ordinary blanket.

The extra weight provides calming Deep Pressure Touch.

Deep Pressure Touch is a firm but gentle consistent pressure. It triggers two responses in the body that bring feelings of reduced anxiety.

It firstly shuts off the body’s “fight or flight” instinct that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system.

It then activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This causes both the breathing rate and heart rate to slow and the muscles relax.

The end result is that you feel more relaxed and less anxious.

Weighted blankets work because they are heavier than an ordinary blanket.

The extra weight provides calming Deep Pressure Touch.

Deep Pressure Touch is a firm but gentle consistent pressure. It triggers two responses in the body that bring feelings of reduced anxiety.

It firstly shuts off the body’s “fight or flight” instinct that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system.

It then activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This causes both the breathing rate and heart rate to slow and the muscles relax.

The end result is that you feel more relaxed and less anxious.

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. 

Calming Moments makes weighted blankets for people of all ages from two-years old.

We make them in all standard bed sizes. There is no need for a specific “adult”, “teen” or “child” size.

Instead, choose the bed size that suits you.

The weight is the special ingredient that will make the weight work for your body. Please use the recommended weight guidance on each product page.

If you share a bed and your partner doesn’t wish to use a weighted blanket, then please get a single or king single size for your side of the bed.

If you and your partner are both using the blanket, then please use your average weights to calculate the blanket’s weight.

Calming Moments makes weighted blankets for all people over the age of 2 years old.

This includes teenagers, who benefit from the calming effect as their bodies and brains go through significant – and stressful – physical change.

Please choose the bed size that your teenager uses and then select your preferred fabric option.

The calming “magic” is caused by the blanket’s weight. Please use the specific weight recommendations on each product page. These are based on Occupational Therapists’ advice and use your teenager’s body weight to determine the correct weight for their own weighted blanket.

Calming Moments is the only weighted blanket manufacturer that produces weighted blankets with over 20 different weights.

This means that your child can get the correct weight blanket for their body. This provides the best calming effect AND is safe to use.

Please use the recommended weights on each product page to determine the right weight for your child’s calming blanket.

To buy a weighted blanket for your child, just select the correct bed size. Then choose your favourite fabric option and pick your weight and fabric.

We’ll custom-make it for you as soon as possible.

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.

 

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.

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.

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