Weighted Blankets and Lap Pads

Weighted blankets and lap pads have wonderful benefits by giving deep pressure stimulation to the body, which has been shown to increase the release of serotonin and dopamine, the "feel-good" neurotransmitters. This can result in the relieving anxiety and stress, by increasing the body's ability to produce serotonin.

For individuals who have a tendency to fidget or move constantly, a weighted lap pad can offer a controlled and socially acceptable way to satisfy the need for movement. The gentle but constant pressure from the lap pad can help individuals filter out external distractions, allowing them to focus better on tasks and activities. Often weighted blankets and lap pads can reduce the fight or flight feeling.

Weighted blankets can also increase the quality of sleep for many and aid in relaxation physically and mentally, making it easier to unwind and prepare for sleep.

What size weighted blanket is best for you? Industry standard is 10% of a person's body weight. For a 150-pound person, typically 15lbs is the proper weight. 

*It's important to note that weighted blankets and lap pads should be used with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, especially for individuals with specific sensory processing needs or other conditions. The weight of the lap pad should be appropriate for the individual's size and weight. 

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