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How weighted blankets can help restless legs

How Weighted Blankets Can Help Restless Legs

If you have Restless Leg Syndrome, then you will be all too familiar with the debilitating insomnia that the Syndrome causes.

Because it is literally impossible to sleep if your legs are twitching or you feel like they are pulsing with mild electric shocks.

And you just can’t help but move them

Some researchers think that it’s not just the physical movement that’s keeping you awake. They have found that the people they’ve studied with Restless Leg Syndrome also have low levels of certain hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep. (Read more here.)

Sadly, there is not (yet) a cure for Restless Leg Syndrome. But there are some interventions that help, including some drugs.

Experts also recommend exercise, relaxation exercises and stretching.

And weighted blankets also seem to help – both with quieting the legs’ movement and with getting to sleep.

Aqua sensory minky calming weighted blanket

Weighted blankets help people who have Restless Leg Syndrome in two ways. They apply Deep Pressure Touch to your body. (Deep Pressure Touch is even, gentle pressure across your whole body. It feels like a great big hug.)

The Deep Pressure Touch:

  • Calms the leg and other body muscles to stop the legs moving;
  • Soothes the mind and help you drift off to sleep.
  • This is because Deep Pressure Touch works on your central nervous system.

First of all, it switches off your “fight or flight” mode or sympathetic nervous system.

(You will feel extremely tense and on edge if your sympathetic nervous system is in command for an extended period. The Deep Pressure Touch eliminates these feelings when it switches the sympathetic nervous system off.)

Secondly, Deep Pressure activates the parasympathetic nervous system. It causes all the muscles in your body to relax – including your leg muscles. It also physiologically calms the body and mind as it slows your heartbeat and rate of breathing.

This all makes you feel physically relaxed and able to sleep.

Deep Pressure Touch also causes your body to release helpful hormones and neurotransmitters

Baby pink cotton weighted blanket

In the next stage, the parasympathetic nervous system also releases endorphins or “feel good” hormones.

It follows up with discharging neurotransmitters that help lift your mood. These include serotonin, which helps you sleep.

Lastly, it suppresses cortisol, which is also known as the “stress hormone”.

Every weighted blanket should have two characteristics to maximise its Deep Pressure Touch benefits. These will help you go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

The weight should be spread evenly through it, without any “bunching” or “pooling” of the weight. It should be the correct weight for the individual user.

The Weight Needs to be Evenly Distributed Through the Weighted Blanket

Every weighted blanket should have the weight spread evenly through the blanket to deliver the best sleep-enhancing Deep Pressure Touch effect.

At Calming Moments, we sew equal weights of the beads into evenly spaced pockets throughout the blanket. Each pocket is triple-stitched, so that you can be sure that they will not break and have the beads slide into other pockets.

However, this is not enough to keep the micro glass beads evenly distributed through it.

So, we fill each blanket with two layers of cotton wadding.

This spreads the beads evenly through each pocket. So, the blanket will feel heavy, but you won’t be able to feel the individual beads.

And they don’t bunch or pool.

Our customers have found that many mass-produced weighted blankets don’t have evenly spaced weights. This means that the weight can claustrophobically focus on your chest, pinning you to your bed. With nothing on your legs. Or the other way round.

Or the weights will slide around to the bottom of the pocket.

The weight must be evenly spread through the blanket to maximise its Deep Pressure Touch so that you can sleep better for longer.

But even this alone is not enough to make sure that you get the correct Deep Pressure Touch on your body to get you the best sleep result.

Every Weighted Blanket Should be Custom-made for the Individual User

Sewing a weighted blanket

Occupational Therapists recommend that single bed weighted blankets should be 10% of your body weight.

(We recommend adding weight for the larger blankets as the weight is spread over a larger area.)

We all have different body weights.

Yet, most mass-produced weighted blankets come in a limited number of weights.

Which is fine if you happen to be 20kg, 50kg, 70kg or 90kg on the dot. But if you weigh anything else, then you need a different weight blanket.

At Calming Moments, we custom make each blanket to order. We offer multiple different weight options for our weighted bed blankets.

This means that you can get the exact weight blanket that will deliver the correct Deep Pressure Touch that will help your unique body sleep better for longer.

What Makes Calming Moments’ Weighted Blankets Unique?

Certified Australian-made weighted blankets
Certified Australian-made

Only Calming Moments’ weighted blankets are certified by the Australian-made Campaign.

Made with love and care

Our team of Aussie mums carefully makes each weighted blanket with love and care.

Unique two-year guarantee

We guarantee your weighted blanket for two years and will repair it if it breaks.

More fabric choices

We have a wide range of coloured and printed cottons and snuggly minky fabrics.


All our weighted blankets are machine-washable on a cold, gentle cycle.

Free shipping

We pay the post. Free shipping Australia-wide.

What Our Customers Say:

Based on 1434 reviews
You get what you pay for

The blanket looks like it will last a long time, quality is good.

Overall very happy with purchase!

Customer service fantastic! Manufacture and dispatch extremely prompt. Product is of excellent quality. Only drawback is that the material used has a faint urine-like smell, so I’m going to wash it per instructions.


Very good. Fast delivery. Is very good quality used every day at school for my son. And washed weekly and colour hasn’t faded.

Use it all the time

Actually had one of these already but it was taken from me at security when I tried to take it on board with my for an international flight 😥 but now I have this one which is even better because one side is cotton, which feels better for me sensory-wise. Definitely something I use every day and I'm really glad there was a 5kg option because every other site I've been to only has little ones for kids. I'd 100% recommend it to anyone, worth all of my money (twice!)

Very relaxing to use - I wish I'd bought one sooner!

This shoulder wrap is so well made and it really helps me unwind. It instantly helps to relax the shoulder muscles and then after about 10 minutes of wearing it I feel a sudden whole body relaxation effect kick in. I highly recommend it.


I use this ALL THE TIME. I bring it to work, I use it anytime I'm sitting at home, I use it to help me settle down at night when I go to sleep. This instantly calms and grounds me. The material and weight is perfect.

Excellent quality

The quality is excellent, and it was made and posted very quickly. My son loves the textured fabric and lap blankets are much easier to move around the house and use in different locations than full size weighted blankets. We absolutely love it, thanks you!

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a better nights sleep

It is perfect, my daughter who has sensory concerns sleeps better, this is her 2nd blanket from Calming Moments has she has grown.

Absolutely amazing

We could not be happier with the results from buying this sensory sheet. Little miss asd sleeps so much better. The quality of the sheet is amazing and we plan on getting a back up sheet.

Weighted lap blanket

Amazing service, very quick and My 6 year old loves it.. has really helped him concentrate in the classroom to have on his lap while working.


It's lovely to use and it helps ground me


Fantastic! That’s what describes the experience I have had. All my questions where answered, great communication either email or phone and the weighted lap pad was a massive hit with my daughter. I know I will be coming back to get more items for my daughter.

Lap pad

Well made, high quality fabric and stitching. Excellent email communication. This is the second lap pad I have purchased, my first one keeps getting “borrowed” by my kids.

Love, love, love!

I purchased the weighted blanket because my best friend pointed out that I may have anxiety because I told the only thing that could get me to sleep was by putting a pillow or some weight on my legs. It didn’t occur to me until she mentioned the weighted blanket and toys. I then tried out the lap weighted blanket over my legs while I sit on the couch, at my desk or when I sleep and I feel that exact soothing, calming feeling I need. Thankyou!

Sensory weighted blanket

I bought this for my son who has some problems regulating his emotions etc since buying it if he feels overwhelmed he goes straight to the blanket and he is calm in 5 minutes. Best thing I bought him

Fantastic sensory tool

It's been great as a sensory tool. Sometimes she pulls it off the bed and uses it like a sensory sock.

Great product

I bought the Purple and Shiny Weighted Snake to use with my ASD students at school, but my 11yr old (neurotypical,but prone to anxiety) son found it and has adopted it as his own. He loves the weight, but also the sensation of letting the beads trickle from one end to another. And I think the 3 different fabric textures is a great feature. Very well-made too, as with all Calming Moments products.

Sensory Narwhal Plush Weighted Toy - it’s fabulous

My order was made and despatched quickly, status updates were sent so I knew exactly what was happening with my order. The Sensory Narwhal Plush Weighted Toy was exactly as advertised, it looked and felt fabulous. It was a gift for someone and they were delighted with it. I was very pleased that it is a locally made product, the quality of the product and the customer service were all exceptional.

Weighted turtle

I bought this sensory weighted turtle for my son.he loves it and the texture is soft and has great quality.
I highly recommend this product.

Love the combinations

I love that I could make my own combination that reflects my personal choices and tastes.

Love it!

My 7yo daughter loves her Narwhal. She has called it "Sprinkles". Lovely quality and weight. It's just gorgeous!

Absolutely love it

My 9yo son loved his turtle immediately. It is SO soft and the weight is lovely. I kind of want one for myself!


I love that we were able to tailor the lap pad to my son’s interests and sensory needs. I also love that there are different weights for different ages which helped me chose the right weight for him. Would definitely buy from here again.

Sensory lap blanket

This product is beautifully made. I loved being able to choose the colour. We use it for reading and to help with concentration for tasks like handwriting and siting at the table for meal times. The quality of calming moments products is excellent. My son also uses a weighted blanket made by Calming Moments for sleeping which has stood the test of time.

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