As a parent of two young kids, I struggled with my decision to be a stay at home mom. I wanted to have a career and spend time with my kids, giving them the attention they need and being able to support them financially by doing something I truly believed in. With these goals in mind, Im Weighted With Love blankets were born. I created a blanket to help people relax, and lessen the stresses and anxiety's of daily life. Our blankets feel like a loving hug and help you feel secure, and safe. Taking a few moments to be Weighed With Love is an investment in yourself and will help you be your best self. We hope you enjoy our blankets as much as we do.
Weighted blankets are evenly distributed by weights and sizes made specifically for the intended user. The design provides pressure to mimic being held/hugged. This may have a positive effect on a person’s mood and behavior. Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from a weighted blanket. Im Weighted With Love weighted blankets are a safe and effective non-drug therapy for people looking for a solution to relieve stress and anxiety from their lives.
They work through deep pressure stimulation (DPS): a firm but gentle squeezing, hugging, or holding that relaxes the nervous system. Deep Pressure Stimulation benefits by inducing a general sense of calm that can last for a few hours after is is done, decreasing overall anxiety when used regularly. Aiding in increasing happiness, improving social interactions, improving deeper sleep, deepening focus, lowering incidence of seizures, hypersensitivity to touch, and decreasing the risk of self injury, DPS is different for everyone; some may notice change right away, while others may take multiple attempts. This type of therapy can trigger a chain reaction in the body which causes an overall sensation of peace and calming. It is not a cure for any one thing, but it may provide relief.
When your body is applied pressure, it switches from its sympathetic nervous system (SNS) known as "fight or flight" to its parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) "rest and digest.” When the SNS takes over for too long you start to feel anxious, tired, on edge, and irritable, leading to you not sleeping well and possibilities of your digestive system acting up. Those with Autisim or Sensory Processing Disorders tend to get stuck in SNS. Even after they have calmed down, it can take very little to re-trigger the SNS. The PSNS brings a sense of peace and calm to the mind and body. When this system takes over it slows your hear rate, relaxes muscles, and improves circulation. Your body then produces endorphins which gives you the "happy" feeling. The body releases dopamine and serotonin helping you with motivation, impulse control, attention, memory, social behavior, sleep, and depression.
Weighted blankets can show these positive effects by mimicking a hug; research shows that hugs make people feel at ease, due to the release of oxytocin, the hormone which reduces blood pressure, slows heart rate, and provides a feeling of relaxation. With the pressure being applied, serotonin is released in the body, which reduces stress and improves the mood. Once the release of serotonin begins, melatonin is released, which promotes sleep and helps to regulate the body's sleep cycle, therefore improving sleep. It is thought to create the sense of being swaddled, similar to babies, to ease the mind and help relax for sleep.
*** It is important to note we are not medical professionals, and we are not a substitute for medical help: we are a holistic alternative.
“I absolutely love my weighted blanket! Suffering from anxiety is a daily encounter, but with my blanket I have noticed tremendous changes in my mood and overall mental well-being. Additionally, I was able to pick out my design and have my blanket back quicker than I had ever expected! If you or anyone is looking for a blanket I highly advise you to buy through Im Weighted With Love. Everyday I am so grateful for my wonderful, well made product!” ..LC
“I struggled daily with falling asleep from all the stress and anxiety that came with my job. I was looking for an alternative way help me sleep and feel relaxed. A friend suggested that I should try a Im Weighted With Love blanket. It was the best decision I ever made! I could tell a difference the first use, I fell asleep almost instantly and had no waking throughout the night. I highly suggest investing in one.” ..RL
What are the risks for weighted blankets?
~ There are no major risks associated with proper use of a weighted blanket, caution may be needed with weight on young children if they have one that is too large for them and can not lift it off of their bodies.
How is my blanket made, and what is inside?
~Each blanket is individually hand-crafted with love in the USA. We use multiple types of material based on what you would like, such as flannel, fleece, and cotton. Inside of our blankets we use non-toxic high quality HDPE plastic pellets, they are machine washable and can withstand up to 248-338 degrees, and BPA free. Then filled with stuffing to provide a soft gentle touch.
How to Wash Your Blanket?
~Machine wash with cold water on a gentle/ delicate cycle. If your machine has an agitator in the middle, hand wash. Air dry, or use the air dry cycle on your washing machine if not an option, use your lowest heat setting.
~To assure your blanket will give you a hug for many years we offer a 60 day warranty for any shipping, handling, and manufacturing errors.