Sleep Better, Use Weight to Calm, Relax and Sleep

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Have you heard of a DreamCatcher Weighted Blanket?

The company has been helping people sleep with their products  for over a decade. They make heavy weighted blankets and products that provide a drug free, natural alternative sleep aid that is an amazing tool in fighting those who suffer with insomnia. People have compared  the feeling a DreamCatcher provides as receiving a big hug or being swaddled.

How does it work??

Based on the  theory first introduced by Dr. Temple Grandin’s squeeze machine,  the DPTS (Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation) that the weight provides helps to release serotonin, much like a deep pressure massage.  The product is made to fit each person’s individual needs, based on a starting point of height and weight.

Used in the special needs community for many years by individuals and hospitals, the idea of using weight to help calm, relax and sleep is just catching on in the general population.

Read more about how a weighted product can help  individuals with insomnia, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, sensory processing disorder or to just relax and unwind at www.weightedblanket.net

 

 

 

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Suffering from Insomnia? Here are Some Natural Drug Free Tips to Help.

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If you spend too many nights counting sheep, you’re not alone. According to a recent poll conducted by the US National Sleep Foundation, nearly two-thirds of adults have trouble sleeping a few nights per week or more. “Insomnia is universal. Everybody has it at some point,” says Martin Scharf, director of the Tri-State Sleep Disorders Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, who deems insomnia, “the number one sleep disorder.

But rest assured; by brushing up on what sleep specialists refer to as your “sleep hygiene,” you can help make sleepless nights a thing of the past.

Stay on schedule — even on weekends

Going to sleep and getting up at about the same time every day gives your body the cues it needs to nod off. In order to get the best rest possible, try to turn in early. “Studies suggest that if you normally need eight hours of sleep and you get them between 10 pm and 6am you’ll feel more rested than if you go to sleep at midnight and get up at 8 am,” says David Simon, medical director of the Chopra Center in La Jolla, California.

Exercise Regularly

Working out increases the time your body spends in deep sleep, the stage during which your body repairs its cells and refreshes the immune system. But exercising less than three hours before lights out can leave you too pumped up to sleep, cautions Peter J. Hauri, >director of the Mayo Clinic Insomnia Program and co-author of No More Sleepless Nights.

Say no to nicotine and nightcaps

Cigarettes are a powerful stimulant that can keep you jittery for hours. And though you may feel like nodding off after you have a drink or two, once the effects of alcohol wear off, sleep actually becomes more fitful.

Dine early — and keep it light

Eating a big meal in the evening isn’t conducive to sleep. “The body can’t rest while it’s digesting,” reports Dr Simon, who recommends consuming a light dinner no later than 6.30 pm; but don’t go to bed hungry — it’s hard to fall asleep when your stomach is growling. If you need a snack, opt for a couple of cookies or crackers; carbohydrates are known to increase levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which is thought to produce deeper sleep.

Draw the shades

The absence of light is crucial to sleep, explains Daryn Eller, author of Power Up . “It’s darkness — including that provided by your eyelids — that allows the release of melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland when we normally sleep.”

Reserve your bed for sleep

You want your body to associate the bed with sleeping and making love — nothing else. If you like to read or watch TV before hitting the hay, do so on the couch or in a chair — preferably one in the living room.

De-stress

“In order to fall asleep, you have to get your mind to quiet down,” says Dr. Simon. Some relaxation techniques include listening to calming music, inhaling scents you find soothing, and practicing body awareness, in which you direct your attention to any place in your body where you’re holding tension and, slowly and deeply, breathe into it. “Somewhere along the way, most people will conk out,” says Dr Simon.

Natural herbs can be helpful to the insomniac.

Taken alone, or in combination, these herbs are known to have homeopathic value as sleep aides. Nature provides you with these fine alternatives to dangerous prescription drugs which can cause harmful unwanted side effects.

 Top Herbs recommended to Aid Sleep

Valerian root – Valerian Root is a strong of the sleep herbs. It’s effects in higher doses has been compared to the effects of Valium by some. In addition to sleep disorders, Valerian has been used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress, epileptic seizures, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, scientific evidence is not sufficient to support the use of Valerian for these conditions. Valerian is not recommended if you are pregnant, or if you suffer from low blood pressure or hypoglycemia.

Hops – Hops is a wonderful sleep herb. Hops have tonic, nervine, diuretic and anodyne properties. It produces sedative and soporific effects, and the Lupamaric acid or bitter principle is stomachic and tonic. For this reason Hops improve the appetite and promote sleep. American Indians made a sedative from the blossoms, and they also applied heated, dried flowers to relieve toothaches. Many herbal preparations for insomnia combine Hops with more potent sedative herbs, such as Valerian. Hops can be made into a soothing hot tea, or taken in capsule form.

Passion flower – This herb has a tranquilizing effect, including mild sedative and anti-anxiety effects. In studies conducted since the 1930′s, its mode of action has been found to be different than that of most sedative drugs (sleeping pills), thus making it a non-addictive herb to promote relaxation. In many countries in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, the use of passionflower leaves to tranquilize and settle edgy nerves has been documented for over 200 years. You may also be familiar with Passion Fruit, which grows from the same vine that produces Passion Flower. You can also make a hot tea from Passion Flowers, buy it in capsule form, or purchase Passion Flower Extract in concentrated form for dosages.

Try a Weighted Blanket

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Weighted Blankets have been used in the special needs community for years and are now being recommended and prescribed by doctors to help the general population suffering from anxiety and  insomnia. Eileen Jackson, owner  of a  company in Montana, DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets, explains ” The  theory behind how  DreamCatcher weighted products work, is the deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) supplied by the weight in our products is believed to release serotonin, which naturally calms and relaxes the nervous system, helping attain a restful sleep. Read more about how  weighted products can help you here.

 

 

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Fill Your Own Weighted Blanket at DreamCatcher’s

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Fill-Your-Own Weighted Blanket at DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets

Our customers asked us to help and we listened. Introducing our newest line at DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets.
If you can sew just  a little and want to save a little money, but still receive a high quality weighted blanket this may be for you.   We have designed this weighted blanket  with four layers of fabric to make it more durable than just the standard two layers most weighted blankets are made from.  DreamCatcher’s has done all the measuring, sewing and work for you up to the filling point. Just add the weighting material, stitch the top closed and your done.  The Fill Your Own Weighted Blanket is available in four sizes and 155 cotton colors and patterns. We suggest using a poly pellet weight for a safe and easy care blanket. Poly pellets can usually be found locally wherever craft or fabric is sold. We can also ship with your weighted blanket, Fairfield brand Poly -Pellets in 2 LB bags or shipped from the manufacturer in 25LB boxes . Of course if sewing is not your desire at all, we have a full line of weighted products for all your sensory needs.

You can  find more information and pricing about the DreamCatcher Fill-Your-Own Weighted Blanket Line here.

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Do You Know What A Weighted Blanket Is and What It Can Do For You?

What in the world is a weighted blanket? If you do not have a family member with a special need, such as autism, you may have never heard of a weighted blanket.

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A weighted blanket is simply just a very heavy blanket. Many people remember  how wonderful it was to sleep under an old quilt that their grandmother made because it was SO heavy and really felt great, providing them with the most restful sleep ever. A weighted blanket supplies the same feeling , but even heavier and without the warmth of the quilt.

DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets was inspired by the parents of a child on the autism spectrum. He simply could not sleep, which is true for most people on the spectrum. The parent’s desperation led them to make a weighted blanket , which supplied their son, a restful sleep from the very first night they tried it. Eileen Jackson, owner of DreamCatcher’s states, ” Cody slept the whole night the very first time we tried  a weighted blanket on him. We were amazed and relieved that we finally found something that would help him sleep and relax without using a drug. We didn’t know at that time why it worked, we were just happy it did work”.

You can watch the DreamCatcher Weighted Blanket story below.

Each DreamCatcher Weighted Blanket is professionally handcrafted  in Montana, USA. The product is custom made to fit each person’s individual  need based on their height, weight and sensory requirements. The design is unique to the company  and materials used are safe, non-toxic, meet all state codes and can be machine washed and dried.

The company’s first weighted blanket was made almost fourteen years ago and now DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets commercial customers include psychiatric hospitals, long term care facilities, and veteran’s hospitals.  Individuals who experience anxiety, dementia, fibromyalgia, post-tramatic stress disorder, insomnia, bi-polar,depression, AHDH, or autism to mention only a few,  also benefit from using a weighted blanket and can purchase directly from the company.

Anyone needing a good night’s sleep can find  more information on how a weighted blanket can work for you, by visiting the  DreamCatcher Weighted Blanket website, or contact them directly by email at dreamcatcher@weightedblanket.net or phone at 406-777-2267

 

 

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Quality Weighted Blanket Construction at DreamCatcher’s

 High Quality Weighted Blankets By DreamCatcher’s

DreamCatcher tm Weighted Blanket‘s  quality construction and durability is neither matched or surpassed  by any other maker, a pioneer and now the leader as a quality weighted product manufacturer.”

We use only first quality fabrics, no seconds. The fabrics we have chosen for our DreamCatcher pre-made line is the only fabric line still manufactured and printed in the USA. 

It is very important to purchase weighted blankets that have multiple inner layers of 100% cotton fabric  which encase the weighting material in their construction , for both durability and comfort. Weights should always be evenly distributed throughout the blanket and not concentrated in only one part of the blanket.

It is also important to purchase a weighted blanket that has poly pellets “quilted”  into the inner layers of fabric for a machine washable, dryable, no fuss blanket, where the weights can not be removed, can not  fall out or are not able to shift.   The pellets should be quilted into small areas not over 4″ to keep them in place , quiet and concentrated enough to be effective. The exclusive to DreamCatcher ,copyrighted designed, is a  weighted  blanket constructed  with one side being smooth. This is a highly recommended and sought after design, as the preferable sensory comfortable blanket, compared to the other designs that may have both sides quilted, or made with either pockets or channels.


We use commercial strength polyester threads to add strength and durability to all our weighted products. This line of thread has withstood the test of time as seen from blankets we receive back to place in our  exchange program. Unlike cotton thread it stays strong through repeated washings and does not shrink or pucker the fabric.

 

Can DreamCatcher’s make a blanket with Polyfil?

While we easily can add Poly-fil to our design, we won’t. DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets  will not use synthetic polyester fill as an inner layer in  DreamCatcher weighted blankets for many reasons.  The most important is a  CPSC consumer safety report  issued describing how products using  polyester fill in bedding products can be a suffocation hazard.  We are not willing to expose our customers to even the slightest known risks.

Before that report was issued  the other reasons we did not use Poly-fil follow.

One of the main purposes of a weighted blanket is to provide deep pressure  without the warmth  that piling numerous blankets adds to the user.  Poly- fil  defeats  that purpose by adding undesireable warmth  that is  so uncomfortable to the sensory sensitive individual that already overheats easily.

In addition, when used in combination with a weighting material, poly- fil tends to break apart. We have had clients send us their old  blankets into  our exchange program  that were purchased  elsewhere which showed the evidence on how  poly- fil will break apart , bunch and get lumpy over time and repeated washings, not to mention the added stress placed on the stitching.

In an early design, we made many years ago, we did make one prototype using poly- fil and found by stuffing the fill in the blanket it  put a large amount of stress on the stitching  which  we felt could cause the stitching to break over  time. We realized that would lessen the quality we wanted to achieve in our product. We also found that the pellet areas needed to be much larger than 4″ to accommodate the  poly filling which took away the concentration  and lessened the  weighting effect of the pellets.  The poly fill also made the blanket much too puffy and cumbersome for the product we wanted for the DreamCatcher  design.


* Weight should ALWAYS be Evenly Distributed *

Most Occupational Therapists prefer and suggest that weight should always be evenly distributed throughout the entire area of the blanket for best results. This is especially true for blankets used to aid sleep. Blankets that are used as calming tools are smaller in area and already concentrated.  Always look for blankets that have weights evenly distributed throughout the blanket as a superior design over those that concentrate weight in one area over another. The DreamCatcher tm Weighted Blanket design allows for the top 6 to 8 inches to be free of weights  on  some sizes of blankets to accommodate those  sensory seeking individuals who may chew.

 Quality Materials and Sewing Techniques For Increased Durability

As we mentioned above, we use commercial grade threads in all our strength stitch applications unique to the DreamCatcher Design. This application provides a strong seam that lessens the stress and provides durability. In heavier blankets  with more pressure per square inch, we apply our DreamCatcher DLS technique, as seen below.   The DLS technique is a  strengthening double lock stitch applied throughout the blanket, which increases the stitching strength even further.

 

All Fabrics are Pre-Washed Prior to Manufacturing 

We wash, pre-shrink and size all fabrics prior to constructing the blankets, you are free to choose any fabrics you like without worry of shrinkage. Any pre-treating of fabrics to either set colors or soften fabrics is done prior to our constructing a DreamCatcher blanket.  These are  both  normal  standard procedures  when working with any fabrics. We use products that are  scent free and formulated for sensitive skins.

DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets is a subsidiary of DreamCatcher Originals LLC. Our employees use commercial machines  located at our sewing shop. DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets are manufactured in a  smoke free facility, to ensure a clean and allergy  free weighted product.  Our sewing staff is individually trained to meet the company standards  in producing a  high quality product.  DreamCatcher’s supply state of the art industrial sewing, embroidering, serging  and long arm machines in crafting our products. The sewers that craft DreamCatcher’s do not qualify under the law as contracted employees. DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets provide our employees with both Workman’s Compensation Insurance and Unemployment Insurance and provide to their Social Security benefits  as required by state and federal  law.

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