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Old 02-28-2018, 08:16 AM   #1
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Adult security blankets

There have been mentions here of thunder vests for anxious dogs. And now there's something similar for adults...weighted blankets.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on...n-anxious-time

Maybe they're onto something. During winter in Northern climes, I always preferred the weight of several quilts to a lightweight down comforter. Plus I could adjust the number of quilts, as needed, to maintain my ideal thermal comfort level.

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Old 02-28-2018, 10:58 AM   #2
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It’s not one of these official weighted blankets, but my father has been doing this for about ten years. He can’t sleep without his knitted afghan over whatever other blankets are provided. We (semi) jokingly call it his “blankey”, like my daughters had when they were toddlers.
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Here again I'm an outlier. Only on the coldest nights will I have more than a sheet, possibly a light fleece blanket. And don't bother tucking in the top sheet as I like to stick my feet out on warm nights.
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There have been mentions here of thunder vests for anxious dogs. And now there's something similar for adults...weighted blankets.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on...n-anxious-time

Maybe they're onto something. During winter in Northern climes, I always preferred the weight of several quilts to a lightweight down comforter. Plus I could adjust the number of quilts, as needed, to maintain my ideal thermal comfort level.

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Though some years ago, after my wife decamped, I refused to heat my country house, so I was forced to pile anything I could find on me when I went to bed. Nice Chesterfield overcoats that I hadn't worn since I came west, a WW2 US Army sleeping bag that wife(then girlfriend) and I had shared on lots of sleep outs. Often enough my glass of water at bedside was iced over by morning. As I remember, I did sleep better, and on a reduced vodka ration. It would take awhile for me to dig out each morning. I attributed my better sleep to being warm in a freezing room, but maybe it was instead due to the weight

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Calming Effects of Deep Touch Pressure in Patients with Autistic Disorder, College Students, and Animals
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As a kid the furnace blew very hot dryair down on my bed. I turned off that vent and my room was very cold. I slept under a very heavy quilt my grandmother had made. Never slept so well.
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These blankets reminded me of something, and I couldn't figure out whaat it was...until just now.

When getting dental Xrays, while chomping down on the stiff cardboard gouging in to my cheek, I am covered by a rather heavy "blanket" to shield my body from the radiation. Thinking back, I find the sensatioon of the heavy "blanket" to be quite comfortable. I imagine these weighted blankets might produce a similar sensation.

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We have a heated waterbed, so no real need for blankets (or PJs for that matter).

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We have a heated waterbed, so no real need for blankets (or PJs for that matter).

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We have a heated waterbed, so no real need for blankets (or PJs for that matter).
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LOL...TMI

I love a pile of blankets in a cool room. I stick my foot out the side to regulate temps. I really like the weight of the blankets
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Hmmm.....that is interesting.

No matter how hot it is, I have to have something covering me when I sleep. I feel safe....my cover is the barrier between me and the boogie man. Not sure I could sleep with a 20lb blanket on me tho.
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Our furnace quit working in the coldest south Texas night a few weeks ago. It was going to be two days before Mr Furnace Man could stop by.

It got to the mid 30's those nights and as low as 61 in the house (better than I expected). I slept fine with my usual thin sheet over me while DW had a stack of heavy blankets. She was not that gleeful in the morning after giving up the heavy blankets so I guess the heavy blankets are not much of a help to her.
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On weekends when I am free to nap on the couch, I often wake up after an hour to find 140 pounds of warm dogs napping atop me. The heavy canine blanket is both reassuring and relaxing.
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The film “Temple Grandin” is an interesting view of the calming effect of touch and pressure... although the contraption she uses is a lot more elaborate than a heavy blanket...
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Hmmm.....that is interesting.

No matter how hot it is, I have to have something covering me when I sleep. I feel safe....my cover is the barrier between me and the boogie man. Not sure I could sleep with a 20lb blanket on me tho.


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This is intriguing. The DW adds a second blanket and then "tucks" it in around her. She might be a candidate for one of these.
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I have temperature sensors in different rooms around the house (tied into SmartThings). My bedroom quite frequently gets to 52 degrees at night, but I am toasty warm with sheet + 2 regular + 2 down comforters. The down comforters are on top, they do better when not compressed.
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I can remember how much tight swaddling calmed my infant sons. May be in some way related to this effect that we are discussing in this thread.

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Here again I'm an outlier. Only on the coldest nights will I have more than a sheet, possibly a light fleece blanket. And don't bother tucking in the top sheet as I like to stick my feet out on warm nights.


Me, too! I could have written this myself.
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Here again I'm an outlier. Only on the coldest nights will I have more than a sheet, possibly a light fleece blanket. And don't bother tucking in the top sheet as I like to stick my feet out on warm nights.
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Me, too! I could have written this myself.
Hey, I, no we are not outliers after all.

PS. And I always have a fan to blow air on my face. Drives my wife crazy, and she has to go to the other edge of the bed to escape from the fan breeze.
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