Weighted blankets are intended to mimic the “back in the womb” experience by putting a slight pressure on the body to create the same sensation a person experiences when they receive a hug. Laura LeMond, the CEO and founder of Mosaic Weighted Blankets, suffers from a sensory processing disorder (SPD) that interfered with her sleeping from a very young age. The issue became even worse when she left for college. To give herself comfort in the middle of the night, she used to put books on her feet. Although she withstood some teasing from her dorm mates, the weight of the books put a slight pressure on her body that made her feel grounded and more secure and allowed her to sleep soundly through the night. Eventually, Laura started filling pillow cases with sand for the same effect.
Years later, when Laura’s son was diagnosed with ADHD and suffering with sleep issues his own, she had an “aha!” moment. Why not create a weighted blanket that would duplicate her old dorm room sleeping aid? She got to work creating a prototype of a blanket made of 100% cotton that was soft to the touch and weighted with 8 lbs of poly pellets. When the blanket was complete, she gave it to her son to test it out and Laura created one for herself, enjoying her first night of deep sleep in years.
Now, Mosaic Weighted Blankets are custom made based on an individual’s height and weight and are available in 50 different fabrics.