And why you might benefit from using one
Every day at Hippo Hug we work with people to find the right Made in Canada weighted blanket to fit their unique needs, so much so that we often forget that there are still people who have never heard of a weighted blanket and why they might want one.
In layman’s terms, it is exactly as it sounds, a weighted blanket is a blanket to which filling has been added in order to make the blanket heavier than a regular blanket. Originally weighted blankets began to be used by people with Autism as a way to provide touch stimulation for the purpose of calming. The same theory of deep pressure as a calming tool is what Temple Grandin used to create her hug machine.
You have probably experienced the benefits of deep pressure in your everyday life We as humans use deep pressure in a variety of ways, most notably hugs! When you participate in a hug you feel calmer, safer, secure and begin to relax. The same goes for relaxation massage and winter weight duvets. Or maybe you have memories of the best sleep ever under grandma’s quilts or in that heavy canvas sleeping bag?
Now that you know what a weighted blanket is you’ll probably see them everywhere. But not all weighted blankets are created equally. Most of the ones you find on box store shelves are manufactured overseas in cookie cutters factories with profits in mind rather than customer benefits. This is not so at Hippo Hug. We make all our weighted blankets on site in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Your weighted blanket is made with you in mind, your needs and your preferences. It is made by sewing professionals being paid a living wage with benefits.
But that is not the only difference! Hippo Hug uses a proprietary weighted disks system so that there are no noisy and loose fillings, the weight stays right where we put it – even when you put it through the washing machine. The disks also allow for high-density pressure which means that we can make some of the heaviest weighted blankets on the market.
Size also matters, all our blankets are sized to fit the individual without too much overhang as any weight, not on your body isn’t doing work to help you. This makes our weighted blankets the densest choice, so you get the most weight per square inch than any other blanket. The most bang for your buck as it were, with a Made in Canada Hippo Hug weighted blanket you will find the same finished weight actually feels heavier than the other guys. Consequently, this is why we don’t offer lightweights in certain sizes, because we don’t want to deceive you into buying the trend of a weighted blanket just to end up with an expensive blanket that is no heavier than a regular blanket. Fun fact! Did you know a regular twin size blanket can weigh up to 7 lbs depending on how it is made?
You can read more about how we stand out in the weighted blanket industry and why we strive to help you find a weighted blanket as unique as your needs.
Is a weighted blanket the right choice for you, and how can you make an informed decision on weight and size? Weighted blankets can help a lot of people, most notably those with anxiety, stress, in long term care, sensory issues and general trouble sleeping. Be sure you consider your unique needs and preferences, ask yourself if you sleep better under a thick duvet or with tight sheets, do you find hugs and squeezes calming? Do you want your feet covered? What about your arms? Do you pile on blankets and pillows but then end up too hot? A weighted blanket might be the choice for you.
At Hippo Hug we understand that a weighted blanket isn’t a magic solution for everyone, which is why we offer a Try Before You Buy program and are happy to spend time chatting online, over the phone and via email for as long as you need to figure out if it is the right choice for you.
We hope you choose a Made in Canada weighted blanket from Hippo Hug and support our homegrown Canadian small business. We truly care that you make the best choice for you.