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Spring Sweepstakes: Win a Mosaic Weighted Blanket!

Enter to win a Mosaic Weighted Blanket — a soothing tool for promoting sleep in kids and adults alike — by answering this question below: What calms you or your child during periods of poor sleep, emotional dysregulation, or ADHD overwhelm?

Why ADHD Brains Resist Sleep

ADHD brains are forever whirring and imagining. This leads to incredible creativity — and many restless nights as we beg our minds to be quiet. Sleep challenges are a common byproduct of ADHD that further aggravates symptoms — an unrested child or adult with ADHD is more likely to suffer debilitating symptoms that keep them up at night. A vicious cycle.

How Mosaic Weighted Blankets Help

USA-made Mosaic Weighted Blankets are designed and responsibly manufactured in Austin, Texas. Mosaic’s weighted blankets for adults, teens, kids, and seniors come in a variety of sizes ranging from twin, to queen, to king. Mosaic also offers weighted accessories such as lap pads, shoulder pads, and weighted sleep masks. Mosaic Weighted Blankets come in a variety of fabrics — 100% cotton, minky, and coolmax. The deep pressure stimulation from weighted blankets increases your serotonin levels, allowing you to sleep restfully through the night.

Enter to Win a Mosaic Weighted Blanket

To win one of the 3 prizes listed below, use the Comments section below to tell us: What calms you or your child during periods of poor sleep, emotional dysregulation, or ADHD overwhelm?

Prizes

These prizes will be awarded to 3 winners chosen at random:

Deadline

Friday, April 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

One entry per household. The editors of ADDitude will select three winners at random and notify them via email on Monday, May 3, 2021. (Full official rules)

Updated on April 13, 2021

271 Comments & Reviews

  1. ususally a teddy bear or two or three and music and a calming tuck in where the blanket is tight works for me and believe me we have some heavy duty epsoides and i just keep saying your my hero and praise him all the time its tuff dealing with emotions so i try

  2. I remember my grandma’s unheated upstairs and I would snuggle under a heavy comforter she made and sleep very well. I think a weighted blanket makes so much sense and would love to try one.

  3. I find it very helpful to listen to a meditation recording — I especially love the app Plum Village because it is very simple (it’s one of the few apps on my phone that I don’t have blocked after ten pm).

  4. what has worked best for my daughter is clearing her bed of all distractions. Sometimes I will find her phone, stuffed animals, books, etc., all cluttering her space. I’ll move all of it and create a peaceful, uncluttered space for her. A very soft nightlight also works wonders as well as a fan set on a low setting.

  5. I will lay next to her and rub her back. I will also put on a white noise machine or music. Soft music helps her a lot. I will sometimes also bring out the lavender lotion.

  6. My younger son needs something soft and fuzzy to put his face against when he’s dis-regulated. Usually a blanket, but can also be a sweater or plushie.

  7. I go outside and meditate to ‘ground’ myself, even just for a few minutes. If the weather is inclement, I go to a darkened room and play a CD of thunderstorms.

  8. My daughter has a tent she goes in. It’s full of pillows and soft toys, a few books and quiet music to help her calm down when she is feeling overwhelmed.

  9. For me, running a box fan at high speed helps me get to sleep. The steady sound of the fan blocks other random sounds that my brain would fixate on, and having the air circulating keeps everything from being too still and quiet, so my thoughts don’t go into overdrive. We are still looking at solutions to help my 10 year old grandson, who also has ADHD, get to sleep. I will be looking for tips and suggestions in my new ADDitude subscription, and these comments!

  10. I try to redirect my son to something completely different, go for a run or have him go lay down in his room. If he’ in his room he typically lays down and hides under all of his blankets and animals and falls asleep.

  11. My mom would always rock me to sleep as a child, and I’m always in a rocking chair. When I’m overwhelmed with intense emotions, I sit on the floor in the bathroom, crying and stimming until I calm down. At that point, I just need everyone away from me and just need time for it to pass. I got a zero gravity full body massage chair to help me relax. I toss and turn at night in bed, but I think a “rocking” or “swaying” bed for adults would fix that. And of course, when my medication/stimulants are working, they help me to regulate my emotions and racing mind.

  12. Rubbing their back and snuggling , then doing a mind puzzle on the iPad. Allowing our kids to know it’s ok to show emotion then teaching them how to move on by engaging their mind to other things

  13. When my ADHD and Aspergers son is overwhelmed, we Dim the lights, Have him sit in his quiet corner in his bean bag with his basket of fidgets, turn on calming music or YouTube kids calming music, do grounding exercises and breathing techniques and prayer. I also use plant therapy kidsafe roll on essential oils like Calming the Child and no worries and that seems to help. Every single afternoon he gets really overwhelmed and it breaks my heart to see my sweet boy struggling like that. We could really use a weighted lap pad during the afternoons and in the car where he has constant meltdowns but they are usually so expensive. I hope my techniques can help other parents of children with ADHD or ASD aka special kid superpowers.

  14. I try “stop drop and breathe “technique when I get frustrated and feel overwhelmed. I encourage my son to do the same but he doesn’t always cooperate. Before going to sleep we say our sweet dreams prayers. If he has trouble sleeping I sometimes open a recitation of Quran in a low/medium voice and it helps him.

  15. Taking a shower always helps calm and “reset” a dysregulated moment in our house. If there’s not time for a shower we put on calm music and snuggle with our dog. Sometimes a giant family hug (we call it a “cuddle huddle”) can break the tension of the moment.

  16. I lie down, ideally with my dog, and breathe intentionally, focusing on feeling where my body is touching the couch/bed and try to let the tension go.

  17. I have a way of finding calm in each of these situations (not always easy; however, it works in the end): 1) for poor sleep, I give my 7 yr old son (ADHD and ASD) Melatonin – it’s natural and it relaxes his mind; once he’s sleep, I can regroup, refocus, relax; 2) for emotional dysregulation, this is a huge one for us. My son has a hard time with tantrums because he doesn’t quite grasp the word “no”. So, he gets frustrated. When this happens, I ask him to come stand in front of me and look me in my eyes, and tell me what is going on…don’t scream, don’t cry, talk. We also have a whine sheet (date and why he’s crying/whining that he can fill out. He doesn’t like the whine sheet); 3) for ADHD overwhelm, two things that we do – I ask my mom to give me a few hours or keep my son overnight and we go outside and play with his blocks – fresh air and movement. I have to share that I was trying to go no meds (for about five months) with my son. Didn’t work. He started back on them today. I can see the change immediately.

  18. I have used melatonin, warm milk, hammock swing for calming, and even bright stars on the walls to keep them occupied until they fall asleep.

  19. Nothing works well, we’re trying, once she is calm it’s a whole different child but getting her there, we’re still working through it. I don’t honestly know what will eventually work.

  20. When I have trouble going to bed, I change into my pjs and turn off the lights to put myself in that bedtime mindset. And when I feel irrationally upset or overwhelmed, I take a deep breath and tell myself that my feelings are real and valid, but an outburst will not help me right now.

  21. My family & I do some deep breathing altogether, whenever we can. We take walks, do yard work and get some sunshine. We have a box of fidgets in the living room for whenever we need them, and some huge stuffed animals on our sons bed, which act like a weighted blanket since we could never afford one. Our son likes hugs and we also wrap him up in a blanket like a burrito, sometimes!

  22. When I’m having trouble getting or staying asleep, a sleep mask (cotton-filled with silk lining) slows the flutter of my eyelids, much like a weighted blanket calms the body. That and some deep breathing helps me to sleep.

  23. My son asks for “loving”. Basically it’s a long hug that helps him prepare for bedtime. Later I found out that there’s evidence to show a long hug increases oxytocin levels and helps to induce sleepiness. My boy got it right!

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