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Kocoono™ Weighted Blanket is designed to reduce stress, increase quality sleep and support your body and mind. Kocoono™ is the brainchild of Emer Flannery, a psychology professional from Belmullet, Mayo in the West of Ireland. Emer has worked in psychology for the last 9 years, in various care sectors both in Ireland and abroad.
Back in 2011, she made the first prototype for a child with autism. Years later, after a bout of sleep deprivation, while working in the homeless services, she designed the first Kocoono™ Weighted Blanket for personal use and developed Kocoono into the business that it has become today.
Kocoono™was officially formed in 2018 and launched within a year after a very successful Kickstarter campaign in October 2019, raising four times the funding goal needed to commence manufacturing Kocoono Weighted Blankets.
"Tá Blaincéad Ualaithe Kocoono ™ deartha chun strus a laghdú, codladh ar ardchaighdeán a mhéadú agus tacú le do chorp agus d’intinn."
Emer is extremely passionate about Positive Psychology and likes to focus on what is right with people rather than what is wrong. Emer made her first weighted blanket for a child with autism who she worked with in 2011. It was some time after this however before Emer realised that she too would benefit from a self-soothing tool like Kocoono™.
After studying for a year in the UK, working as a behaviour therapist for children with autism in Saudi Arabia, working with persons experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic insomnia and other mental health issues in Australia, Emer decided to return to Ireland to work in the homeless services and then began to experience her own bout of sleepless nights which led her to create her very own Kocoono weighted blanket.
Emer immediately felt the positive effects and began spreading the word to her friends and family and soon she was inundated with requests to make more Kocoono™ weighted blankets.
Each new Kocoono™ saw little tweaks and variations as Emer looked to improve on her original design until she ended up with the current Patent Pending design.
Emer’s own experience and the feedback she received has lead features like the neck fit which allows you to feel the pressure on your shoulders without uncomfortably bunching of the blanket around your neck. The removable weights means the blanket can be used by people with different weight needs, it allows for the blanket to be machine washable and it also means that you can add the weighted strips to the freezer to cool you down or provide relief to muscle pain and hot flushes.
Emer knows too well the frustration and negative effects sleep loss can have on your life and is overjoyed that something she has designed can bring relief and joy to others and help them fall in love with sleep again.
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