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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

190 Comments & Reviews

  1. I work in my garden at home alone or with my children. I also use my private practice occupational therapy sensory garden to help my clients deal with their ADHD symptoms.

  2. Most of time he can be lured to sleep if your sitting there rubbing his back.Other times he is not tired enough so he plays with a toy for while

  3. Making sure to get plenty of outdoor time and sunlight during the day. Playing with the dog. Snuggling. Getting the house to be at cool temperature before bedtime and through the night, as well as using blankets when sleeping. Giving ourselves down time with soft lights or no light and no loud noise or voices before bed helps parents and teens.

  4. Unfortunately, my husband has a lot of difficulty staying asleep. He gets up very early for (4:30 a.m.), so retires around 8:00 p.m. Within an hour or two, he’s up again. The only thing that seems to “calm” him is eating. He’ll raid the refrigerator (sometimes eating leftovers that were supposed to be for lunch the next day). He’s now working w/a doctor to regulate his meds. Hopefully, things will improve sooner rather than later. This weighted blanket may help him calm down without resorting to overeating. Thank you!

  5. Moving him out of his physical location helps to reset, giving him time with our dog and allowing him space to process. He doesn’t typically want to talk things out. At night, we use a diffuser with essential oils and a natural copaiba supplement to help with sleep and calming the mind.

  6. Mine is only 3, while I have ADD, if she doesn’t have it then she has all of the signs and symptoms. I personally put headphones on, my brain is so used to headphones in bed meaning a guided meditation that i don’t even have to turn anything on anymore, just the headphones are enough. On an unusual occasion that I do have problems with sleep, i put the headphones on, crawl under my perfectly made bed with my weighted blanket(it is 15 lbs and honestly, a bit heavy when trying to move, so that helps) and play a soothing visualization meditation. For my little one, she will calm down with stories, snuggles mostly, and songs. If she has her favorite doll with her she feels better as well as some kind of light and ability to communicate, like the doors being opened.

  7. Lavender baths with soft music playing. Then just before bedtime, I use lavender lotion. Then when she goes to bed, the fan in her bedroom is turned on along with a nightlight.

  8. What usually works is quick meditation, body scan. Headspace has a good night for kids. I isolate all stimulations, use eye mask and earplugs. I count backwards from 300. My kid uses a stress ball.

  9. When I feel I can’t fall asleep. I get my stuffed animal and hugged it. For my the best way to get nice sleep. And if I notice a couple hours before going to bed that is gonna be a rough time to get some sleep. Getting a cup of warm (chocolate) milk is also a good way to start.

  10. It definitely varies as to what helps. At night, we can use melatonin, meditation, lavender on pillow, sometimes a song from Mommy, calming music, talking about our worries, reading, drawing or cuddles (usually cuddles are included with everything we try). I find a tight hug on parents lap and a change of scenery (move to a new room/location) works best during the day for calming.

  11. Years before I knew I had ADD i discovered that running could calm my mind and help me focus like nothing else. I haven’t run for years due to knee problems but have found that strength training/powerlifting has a similar positive effect.

  12. I like to curl up in the sanctuary of my bed with a good audiobook to help distract and calm my mind. Often, my cat will come lay on top of me or, even better, insist on burrowing under the blanket with me and sprawling out beside me. His purring and the even rhythm of the book (on 1.25-1.40x speed) almost always do the trick. Even when they can’t fully calm my mind, I still find gratitude in the opportunity and my mood improves a little.

  13. Playing Animal Crossing on my Switch whilst snuggled up with a blanket, large plushy to cuddle and a large mug of chamomile tea helps calm me down.

  14. I drink a calming tea, do breathing exercises and sleep with my tempur sleep mask. Sometimes it helps to listen to soothing pods. During long periods I try to make sure to exercise a lot.

  15. When I struggle to sleep reading usually helps engage my brain and tire it out at the same time. When I feel dysregulated or overwhelmed though, I have a corner couch to retreat to with a blanket and headphones/music to shut the world out until I feel calmer.

  16. I think of positive affirmations that are true for that day and I keep negative people out of my life. It’s ok to take time for yourself and leave those that don’t contribute to your happiness at “the door”.

  17. I love using special night-lamps, soothing sounds, essential oils, and journaling right before bed.
    I love using night-lamps that will glow with different color to calm me down. I’ve found that a dark violet blue makes me feel more calm. I’ll play some of my favorite songs (especially the soothing ones) which make me feel more comfortable. Essential oils (ex: lavendar, orange) clear my nose and comfort me, while journaling helps me collect my thoughts so I feel “together” before going to sleep.

  18. I pile all of my blankets on top of me and listen to headspace usually. I keep our room at 65 degrees and also blackout velvet curtains! I have always wanted to try a weighted blanket but they’re so expensive! I’m always in trouble with my husband for buying more blankets 😂

  19. For me – crochet or needlepoint / cross-stitch, favorite songs cranked up loud, snuggling with my super heavy afghan that my grandma made. For my son – snuggling in a pile of blankets with his cat, melatonin before bed and head & back rubs at bedtime, thinking aobut his cat.

  20. Truly, digging my head into the back cushion of the couch covered in a blanket. That or going into the dark and quiet with a warm cup of tea. Often my closet with a house full of four kiddos.

  21. When I am overwhelmed, I listen to a familiar pattern of noise, such as a movie I’ve seen a bunch of times or my favorite music, AND a white noise machine to drown out out all other noise. Then I like to lay down in a cool room with just my head and feet sticking out of the blankets. I have no idea why this works for me.

  22. Thanks to all the commenters for sharing their methods, I’ve taken away some great tips to try and hope my submission may help others be inspired too!

    Poor Sleep: Only encountered when I forget or ignore my schedule and sleep hygiene, a gentle nudge from a loved one is the best help otherwise I try to write, sketch, or work with my hands to work out my thoughts and drain my excess energy.

    Emotional Dysregulation: Encountered most when mentally or physically exhausted, I try to get it all out of my system. First by excusing myself to separate from the stimulus; then I give myself permission to express my feelings and cry it out, make a stream of consciousness voice recording, or journal it down in a raw form; finally, I request a de-brief with an emotionally safe person, often my partner, to review the situation and develop coping strategies for the future.

    ADHD Overwhelm: Most commonly encountered, once I “snap” to it happening, I will put on a compression shirt or corset to simulate a “good hug” feeling approximated with being held or cuddled without being overheated or restrained.

  23. Focusing on water, especially during sunset. It could be a lake, a river, the ocean, even a fountain or puddle. It’s even better if you can listen to Bach on your headphones at the same time.

  24. For myself I utilize melatonin for not being able to sleep. For adhd overload I have come to realize I can’t rush the coming down I have to roll with it even if that means being up until after midnight.

  25. My daughter uses relaxing music or rain sounds to help her relax. Also a soft light in the room. She has recently asked for a weighted blanket.

  26. So when I need to calm down in the realm of poor sleep, I know that telling myself a story will usually help me sleep. When I’m having issues with my emotions or RSD, I really have to either talk about it to someone, or I have to distract myself with games or stuff. That and the overwhelm issues, if I’m being honest… I bought this thing called a body sock which is like a pillow case for people (a friend shared the Etsy link, and I ended up buying one) but it’s stretchy. So it’s pressure but interactive and also a good thing for when you want to, like… Hide, I guess? Above all, music helps if nothing else will, but I have to be in control of what I’m hearing to some degree.

  27. My older son needs his tablet to help him calm down during times of high stress, but I also diffuse essential oils and have given him calming, child focused medications. My younger son is much more active and it helps a lot to get him to work out his energy. Also getting him disconnected from his tablet, and lights turned off and white noise (our favorites are thunderstorms or fireplace sounds) playing quietly helps, along with melatonin. The boys’ counselor did recommend trying a weighted blanket to help my active littlest one calm down better, because sometimes even all of these things fail to get him to sleep at a decent time, which leads to a tired and cranky little boy and mama!

  28. I help my daughter to relax by using “painting her face”, she picks a color and she thinks of everything that color and imagines it as I gently stroke her face, then her arms , and legs if needed. Massages work good too. I take a warm bath every night to help me relax usually with some epsom salts.

  29. I take a bath or a shower. The warm water and being able to shut out everything else for a short while and just feel warm is comforting. If that’s not an option I do breathing exercises or meditate.

  30. My son listens to classical music on his headphones to help him get to sleep, and for dysregulation he walks up and down the driveway, snuggles with the dog, or hugs his Baby Yoda.

  31. Hot chocolate before I go to bed has signaled my brain that nothing bad is ACTUALLY happening.. one of the yummiest and yet comforting methods I’ve ever tried honestly

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