Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition affecting more and more adults and children. Some cases are obvious and others are more subtle. Many previously undiagnosed adults are recognizing that they are also on this spectrum and using this information to help diminish the more troublesome sides of this disorder.
Weighted blankets work to trigger the body to release chemicals which soothe, calm, help the user feel loved, connected to others. Some of the troublesome symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder can include obsession, anxiety, insomnia, depression which can all be improved with the use of weighted blankets. This is the reason weighted blankets have been used as a treatment method by for spectrum related patients for years. Not only does this calm and soothe, they aid in the sensory-integration issues often associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The sleeping net can be the perfect weighted blanket solution in that it is durable, cool and that is easy to breathe even when it is pulled over the head. Many ASD patients will obsessesively rub on their blankets which will quickly break apart traditionally made weighted blankets spilling the sewn in poly pellets (the pellets used in beany babies) all over the bed and user. ASD patients often crave tight hugs or huge piles of blanket to sleep but this leads to overheating which the net helps avoid by being heavy and yet not holding body heat.
The blankets act as Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) which triggers the release of Serotonin, Melatonin and Oxytocin. These chemicals naturally help the mind feel safe and secure allowing the user fall asleep faster and decrease sleep fragmentation throughout the night. The sleeping net even allows for the user to put the blanket over their head which seems to even more efficiently trigger the natural chemical release.