Custom Built Weighted Blanket by DreamCatcher
Lost and Tired has partnered with DreamCatcher in order to provide one lucky reader with a custom built weighted blanket, valued at $200. The is an amazing giveaway and I’m so excited to be able to host this. As a father to 3 boys in various places on the Autism Spectrum, I’m uniquely aware of just how important weighted blankets can be to a special needs child or even adult. Weighted blankets are especially useful to those with sensory processing disorder. My son Emmett has been using a custom built weighted blanket by DreamCatcher since the end of August. Amazing is all I can say.
You can read my previous review here.
Why do you want a weighted blanket?
For one thing, it’s free. However, more importantly, a weighted blanket can provide a great deal of sensory relief for your Autistic or other special needs child, with sensory processing challenges. A weighted blanket provides pressure or deep pressure, depending on the weight of the blanket, and helps with sleep and relaxation. Below is a quote from the DreamCatcher website that does a really good job of explaining the benefits of weighted blankets.
In researching weighted therapy for sleep and calming, we talked with many therapists, medical professionals and experts in the sensory integration field, and have learned a great deal about how and why weighted products work the way they do. The very short version of the theory behind how DreamCatcher tm weighted products work, is the deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) supplied by the weight in our products , is believed to release a chemical in the brain, which naturally calms.
Serotonin is the chemical that functions as a neurotransmitter (chemical communicator). Serotonin is thought to be involved in inducing sleep, sensory perception, temperature regulation, and control of mood. Studies have shown that serotonin may be released by deep pressure touch stimulation. Massage and deep pressure releases both serotonin and endorphins. The serotonin acts as a calming mediator for the body while the endorphins act as a happy stimulator for the brain. Together they can bring pleasurable feelings and general elevated moods in both your body and mind. It calms you when feeling anxious.
So what does this giveaway include?
DreamCatcher will ask you many questions. These questions will help them to build a weighted blanket to meet your specific needs. You can choose things like, color, design, material, weight and backing.
UPDATE: All links in the entry boxes have been fixed. Sorry about that…