Pediatric sleep centers sometimes employ weighted blankets during sleep studies. Here, Forbes discusses other benefits of these “magic blankets.”

Traditionally, weighted blankets are used as part of occupational therapy for children experiencing sensory disorders, anxiety, stress or issues related to autism. But even kids without such a diagnosis find important benefits. After a week under his new 16-pound blue chenille Magic Blanket, my son, who’s 10, was sleeping more soundly and waking up happier and more focused than he has in ages. Actual magic? Not really but as other parents began reporting similar results, I decided to check in with the product developer, Keith Zivalich, whose company is based in Valencia, California.