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BusinessI am Khal, CEO of Sensory Goods, a manufacturer of sensory products including weighted blankets. It has been our goal to assist individuals with autism, anxiety, and sleep disorders. AMA!

Sep 26th 2017 by SensoryGoods • 26 Questions • 2250 Points

Sensory Goods has been a company for 6 years. It began when I decided to help people who suffer from autism like my children. Since the company's founding, we have expanded our scope to assisting people in dealing with multiple disorders that affect sleep and comfort.

Our goal is to spread awareness about these disorders. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about these sensory issues and how certain products can help deal with them.

EDIT: We are heading out for the day. We appreciate your time and we very much enjoyed responding to the questions in this AMA. We will be available to try and answer any more questions you may have tomorrow! Feel free to contact us through our Facebook or our website. Have a great night! Sleep well!

EDIT (Again): Now I'm actually signing off for the night! Sleep well!

My Proof: https://twitter.com/SensoryGoods/status/912694122804166662

Q:

I've been checking out different weighted blankets from all over the internet, but no one seems to make one that is a standard king size blanket. Is there a reason that queen size is the largest size?

A:

Hi, thank you for your question! We actually used to make king size blankets, but ultimately they were not very popular and very hard to manufacture. The fabric we purchase is not wide enough to make a king size blanket either, and I imagine other companies have run into this same issue.


Q:

Thank you for explaining that to me! IF I can't get a king, now i can stop searching and get a queen size blanket.

A:

No problem, let me know if you have any other questions regarding sensory products!


Q:

what are the biggest problems you had with manufacturing?

A:

Hiring dedicated and talented sewers has been one of our biggest challenges, and past that it's difficult to train our sewers to make a perfect product. While we realize that this may not be entirely possible, we strive to produce the best blankets we can. After the blankets are finished we have a team of people in our shipping department that inspect every blanket before having it approved to send out. Overall, we think we've done a good job manufacturing our products. Thank you for your question!


Q:

Do you believe you can automate the manufacturing process to achieve high quality and consistency?

A:

Our sewers are very thoroughly trained in this process, and if their blankets do not achieve the high standard we hold ourselves to they are sent back to be redone when inspected by the shipping department. We also employ quite a few people and automating the manufacturing process would put them out of work. We don't want to do that.


Q:

I have depression and insomnia snd really want to try the weighted blanket for my insomnia. Literally nothing but Benzos has helped in the past 20 years since Ive been diagnosed. Because few things have worked for me I am reluctant to spend that amount of money on a blanket. If it helps it would be so worth the money but if not then you just have an expensive heavy blanket. Do you accept returns, have a trial period or discounted blankets? Also, how are the blankets with body temperature? Ever had complaints about people being too hot to sleep? Thank you!

A:

Hi, thanks for the questions! The blankets can be hot, but we offer cotton blankets as a cooler option. We have a 30 day money back guarantee and we will do our best to help you find the perfect one. We also have a permanent sale section on our website where blankets are up to 20% off.


Q:

I think this is the biggest drawback to the weighted blankets. I have one for my son that he loves, but cannot keep on long enough to help calm him because of the heat. Of course we haven't tried your product in cotton.

A:

On our website you can customize your blanket to be cotton on both sides to keep it even cooler! Glad your son loves his blanket. :)


Q:

Never heard of a weighted blanket until the other day. A group of questions:

  • Any issues with using for sleep apnea (esp. with a CPAP?)
  • Do you find a reduction in movement during sleep? IE, I can "de-sheet" a bed while keeping the comforter on, would this help?
  • would you recommend a single blanket for a couple or two individual blankets (or one and a regular blanket)?

Thanks in advance.

A:

We do not know about any issues when using these blankets with sleep apnea. If you happen to order one and have any issues please let us know.

Yes, the reduction in movement during sleep is an intended effect of the weighted blanket. It's supposed to calm your body, thus reducing tossing and turning.

Well, it depends on what you're looking for. If both of you need high pressure blankets then you should order individual weighted blankets. If however you are looking for a lower pressure one blanket can suffice as long as it covers both of you!


Q:

I welcome your company's efforts, but wonder why you limit sensory products to touch. Have you considered products addressing hyperacusis (sensitivity to sound) and photophobia (sensitivity to light)?

A:

We have been approached about these various sensory issues before, but we currently specialize in touch-related sensory issues. I do not know what the future may hold, but of course I would like to assist everyone with their sensory issues if possible.


Q:

Do you make a blanket that is physically heavy but not very warm?

I grew up in a very cold place and I miss the feeling of being snuggled under a heavy down blanket. Now I live in a more normal place (in terms of climate) and I have to sleep under just a bedsheet and often with a fan so I'm comfortable enough to get to sleep. But I miss my heavy blanket!

A:

Hi, we do make some blankets that breathe easier or are colder than others. These blankets are cotton on either one side or both sides, which you can customize on our website. We actually work in Arizona where it's very hot and we still have customers here that love their blankets!


Q:

Can you explain what the intended purpose of weighted blankets are? It seems fascinating that they can help with such a broad variety of problems.

A:

Of course I can! Weighted blankets provide the weight that can help anyone relax and sleep better, but they are especially useful to those suffering with autism or sensory processing disorder because the blankets provide the sensory input that they need to feel balanced.


Q:

Have you guys looked into different fabrics? I know a lot of ASD kids have sensory stuff, obviously you guys do as well. However, some don't like certain fabrics or textures. Do you do anything with different materials?

Also, my whole family and GF work with ASD clients. Do you have partnerships with any clinics to provide products for the clients they see? Residential settings especially could use these blankets to great effect for certain clients.

A:

Hi, yes, we have several fabric choices to help meet those needs: fleece, flannel, cotton and denim. We do have a few organizations that we work with regularly. Thanks!


Q:

I am very impressed of how weighted blankets work, I worked for an organization that works with people with autism and with one of our learners this was the only way he could sleep through the whole night. Do you guys get a lot of blankets returned in your 30 day return period? I would just like to have an idea of how successful the blankets are.

A:

Most of our customers are satisfied with our products, so our return to sale ratio is low. However, we do offer a 30-day money back guarantee because we stand by our product and believe that it will be beneficial to those who use it. We do however recommend up to two weeks to allow your body to get used to the blanket.


Q:

Oh man, I have autism and always really liked heavier blankets. I really appreciate learning that this is a thing, you're doing a good deal of help to so many people. I don't tend to use heavy blankets these days due to heat and not having AC all the time, and it seems like maybe your cotton ones could address that.

How/why did you get started in the business?

A:

Our cotton blankets should definitely address that. You can either go with cotton and flannel or all cotton blankets, which are much cooler than their flannel and fleece counterparts.

I have two children with autism. Basically when we started buying equipment for our kids it was costing us way too much money, so we started looking into how to make the product affordable for other parents dealing with the same issues.


Q:

Hi. Do you make a hat that can apply pressure to the head?

A:

We currently do not make anything like this unfortunately, maybe in the future!


Q:

My sister in law works as a teacher in Canada for kids with all sorts of developmental delays and behavioral issues. What products do you think would be most beneficial for her to have in her class if she has a very limited budget, or would this entirely be based on the students she teaches? (If she had ONE thing in her room it should be ______ based on success rate.)

A:

Hello, please thank your sister in law for the work she does! For in the classroom, we recommend weighted lap pads and oral motor tools to help the students with developmental delays and behavioral issues. Lap pads are much cheaper than blankets and can be bought in bulk if necessary. Just to let you know, we ship internationally through our website, often using DHL. This means that international customers can receive their orders within 2-5 business days.


Q:

I didn't know about the lap pads. I will mention them to her. Thanks!

A:

You're welcome!


Q:

I have a idea of a weighted blanket but for warmer temperatures.

It is a tessellation design of hexagons with the center hexagon removed. The thought of the hole(s) would allow heat to escape.

So one could use this blanket in the summer and not be effected by the heat as much.

Do you/could you employ a design like this?

Thank you for your reply!

A:

We actually operate out of Arizona where it's very hot and our local customers love their blankets! For warmer temperatures we recommend either cotton/flannel or all cotton blankets. We do not currently employ a design similar to what you mentioned, and we think that it would be extremely difficult to implement. Sorry about that!


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A:

Unfortunately there is not much we can do regarding insurance, but we have had customers claiming to be psychiatrists, therapists, and case managers that have ordered blankets for their offices because of how much they heard these blankets can help people relax. We do offer an extra large weighted blanket, with the following dimensions: 80 inches long by 58 inches wide. We also have a Facebook code that you can use to receive a discount: FB10

I hope this helps.


Q:

I have anxiety. It bothers me the most when I'm either taking a nap or trying to fall asleep at night (racing heart rate, shortness of breath). I also am a very sweaty person and get hot at night. Do your blankets prevent overheating or am I doomed to wake up in a puddle of sweat every morning?

A:

Our blankets do not prevent overheating, however we do offer our blankets in all cotton fabric so that they breathe easier than traditional all flannel or fleece blankets. Regarding the bead type we do not believe that there's a huge difference in the glass or plastic beads in terms of temperature.


Q:

I would love a weighted blanket but they cost so much. Do you think the price will ever go down?

A:

I mentioned this in a previous reply but I thought I could mention it here as well. On our website there is a section for sales where our products can be found for up to 20% off. We strive to provide our product for a competitive price in the market because we know that these blankets are expensive. We also donate a blanket every week on our Facebook page!


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A:

Even if it's not our blanket we are so glad you love your blanket and that it helps you feel calmer and sleep better! Thank you for your review!


Q:

Thank you for your efforts in providing this much needed product!

I worked at a facility that offered weighted blankets for clients but only allowed them to be used for short periods, saying that after a point they stopped having therapeutic benefit. Have you heard this before, and can you speak to the truth if it?

A:

Well it is true that your body will adjust to the weight somewhat, but it's been proven that people will still benefit from sleeping with it day in and day out so they don't 'go backwards' after sleeping with it. It also does not require you to up the weight over time, but it may take some time to find your perfect weight and we also recommend a two week period to adjust to your weighted blanket.


Q:

awesome. thank you!

A:

We are unaware of another way to recreate this sort of effect. We do weekly giveaways on our Facebook page, and offer a Facebook discount code: FB10.


Q:

Do you sell in India?

A:

We ship internationally through USPS and DHL.


Q:

Do you make any products with glass beads instead of plastic? Do you know if that would make a cooler blanket?

A:

Most of our products are made with glass beads instead of plastic beads. We do not believe that the bead choice is directly related to the temperature level of the blanket though.


Q:

is there a way to try a weighted blanket?

A:

You can order a weighted blanket from our website and give it a try! If your blanket doesn't completely satisfy your needs you are welcome to return it with a 30-day money back guarantee. We giveaway a blanket every week on our Facebook page (Weighted Wednesdays) and even offer a Facebook discount: FB10.