According to WHO, World Health Organisation, mental illness/stress syndrome and neurological disorders affect one in four people in the world at some point in their lives, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. These disorders have very negative effect on sleeping routines which can lead to depression, burn-out and psychosomatic disorders, common causes of sick leave from work according to Sweden's social insurance office. This tendency does not only have great economic consequences on society, but also great personal suffering for many.
In the Nordic region weighted blankets have been prescribed by doctors and occupational therapists for about two decades in order to provide children/adults/elderly a more effective and deeper sleep. Weighted blankets are duvet blankets filled with material (usually plastics) to increase their weight to offer the user deep pressure stimulation, a form of touch pressure that feels like a firm hug or a massage. Studies have showed that deep pressure touch stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that tend to make people feel more calm and relaxed.
The Swedish medtech company has developed a patent pending design for their weighted blanket using 450 stainless steel rings of different weights as filling instead of plastics, which reduces the use of plastics by 85%. Each ring is sewn individually into its own pocket to prevent them from making any metallic noise and allows moisture and sweat to permeate in order to increase the climate comfort of the user. They also increase the blanket's flexibility, making the blanket form and adapt closer to the user's body thereby providing deep pressure stimulation, regardless of the user's sleeping position. The blankets are available in different sizes and weights depending on the user's weight.
Today, the Swedish company supplies weighted duvets to several Swedish counties responsible for healthcare services, as well as having exclusive agreements with private distributors in Nordic countries. At the moment the company is undergoing a Oeko-Tex® certification, the world's leading certification system for textiles tested for harmful substances.
The company wishes to expand in Europe and would like to find well-established medtech distributors for commercial agency agreement.