Weighted Blankets – Princess Aspien

I’ve suffered with chronic insomnia my entire life.

I used to sleep under sofa cushions and pillows as a child and now, because I cannot sleep unless I have a heavy (not weighted) blanket over me – EVEN IF I AM HOT.

Being squeezed tight and makes me feel calm. Those weighted blankets are a bit expensive, so I don’t have one but I definitely want one!

Princess Aspien has another video (which I can take no credit for). I am super addicted to her channel. Please subscribe and check out her video explaining her experience with using weighted blankets to help her insomnia.

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33 thoughts on “Weighted Blankets – Princess Aspien”

  1. Very interesting. I don’t have Aspergers or autism, but I do sit on my hands when I’m anxious. I do it subconsciously, and often have to remind myself not to do it at work. There’s something about the pressure on my fingers that’s very soothing.

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  2. I wrote a bit about this in an earlier article: “Sound sensitivity and sensory integration” (use the search box to find it). It explores sensitivities in many arenas – it just begins with sound.

    In it, I speak of an epic failure when I finally got that down comforter I had been lusting for – couldn’t sleep without some weight. Also cautions parents of kids who don’t stay in bed about the travails of bedding, detergents, jammies and more. Take a look – much there that will speak to your community.

    Good reminder for me to put returning to that Series higher up on my priority list, too, so THANKS for posting.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      1. My landing page is static (out of date and boring, btw, so thanks for the visit and the like). The SI article is an intro to what will eventually be a Series, so it is long (and hopefully interesting).

        But you’ll have to search for it, since it is older. Search box is top right – in the header. I’m betting you will think of many ideas for articles of your own as you read through.

        Take a quick stroll though the comments, too – NONE are autistic, but share similar SI issues with those who are (not as “severe” – but one of my goals for the piece was to increase understanding of and empathy for SI issues.)
        xx,
        mgh

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  3. I’ve thought about buying or making a weighted blanket, I think it would help a lot. It’s definitely a sensory thing; I do corsetry and I think there are similarities between weighted blankets and corsets; they both provide what I call as a ‘mechanic hug’ feeling.

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  4. First, your weighted blanket reminds me of that hugging device Temple Grandin invented for herself. I also suffer from insomnia and take more Benadryl than I’d like every night. My problem (especially with heavy covers, although I like them) is that I’m really sensitive to heat. So in order to use a good, heavy blanket I have to turn the air conditioner on high and point a fan directly at the bed even in winter. Needless to say, this is a point of contention with my wife.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and daily life. I find it very informational as well as inspirational, that you are able to relay your experiences to the world. I nominate you for the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge; I feel like you’d do so well with it. 🙂

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  6. This topic has always been fascinating to me. I’m not diagnosed on the spectrum, but I have very similar symptoms as well as SPD. I always thought the weird quirks with clothes and sleeping were normal, or just another “me” thing. Two of my dogs are trained to perform Deep pressure Therapy, which has a very similar effect in certain situations. I’ve had a vague idea of how it worked but Princess Aspien’s “Brain People” analogy makes much more sense than any of the articles I’ve read :p

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  7. I got one of these a few months ago and can’t emphasize how much it has helped with some of my nighttime issues; before, I always had to have at least 3 blankets to make the ‘right’ amount of weight, but then I’d get too hot. Mine is full of plastic pellets, no stuffing. I wish I’d known they existed years ago.

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      1. One of my cats used to to lay on my legs, and when she stopped doing it I had trouble going to sleep without the weight.

        When I was little I used to squeeze between the mattress and the wall to sleep.

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  8. Really interesting! I’ve never thought about this until recently, but I think the need for pressure is why I like to sleep on my front. Unfortunately other comorbidities mean that isn’t feasible a lot of the time, so I have a nightmare getting relaxed enough to sleep. Perhaps I need something like this. Expensive, though!

    As a kid, I never used to put my clothes away – my entire wardrobe was piled on top of my bed, and I used to like it that way, and I think now that that was about the weight. I have also always hated having my arms uncovered when I’m in bed. Really, really hated it. I’ve always preferred sheets and blankets to duvets as well – I like how you can tuck them in really tightly.

    A couple of months ago I did actually pile a load of pillows on top of me before I went to sleep, just as an experiment, and it actually felt better! Husband was puzzled, though.

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  9. J is always sleeping under his pillows or with blanket covering him. He also goes into his tent or behind curtain when over stimulated. I think I’ll look into weighted blankets-thanks (J hasn’t had diagnosis but is awaiting his assessment. Even if not asd the blanket still sounds like it would benefit him)x

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  10. I read about this things some time ago and I still want one. This video is a perfect tutorial, I haven’t tried yet, but I think is a cheaper option and not really complicated. One girl told me you can replace pellets with aquarium stones and add some padding. It may help.

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