Lifehack: Somnos Weighted Blanket

Applying deep pressure to the body can induce a great sense of tranquillity.

Farmers discovered this a long time ago (using squeeze chutes), which inspired Temple Grandin to invent a ‘hug machine’ for herself, so she could apply deep pressure to her body to calm her down.

Squeeze Chute – used to calm the cattle with deep pressure

Deep pressure is absolutely amazing, and for people with autism, it feels like being hugged for the first time – in a lifetime. The calming effect of a hug, which you can not achieve by hugging, can be achieved by deep pressure. Once you feel this, you finally understand why people like hugs. 🙂

After Mrs. Grandins invention of the hug machine, several commercial products have come available to apply deep pressure. The most well known are the Squease Vest and weighted blankets.

I have tried the Squease Vest and was amazed by the calming effect it had on me (will blog about this soon). And although I haven’t tried weighted blankets, I am quite curious about them. Especially now since there are these beautiful blankets of Somnos!

Unfortunately weighted blankets are quite expensive. The blankets of Somnos start at 199 dollar and go up to 439 (!) dollar. They do look better, and more sustainable, than the hand-made ones… 🙂

Would love to hear if anyone of you has experience with a Somnos blanket! Am also willing to try one, if Somnos could spare one for review…. 😉 😉

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