Due to my depression, anxiety and my sleep disorder, my sleep at night is often horrible. I feel as if I am constantly waking up, waking up feeling unrested. Regardless of the quantity of sleep, or practicing a good sleep hygiene I always feel tired.
Many of my friends, and support groups online recommended a weighted blanket. I’ve been reluctant to try it as they can get quite expensive. Anyways, I caved at the beginning of the school year and bought one online from amazon. They say the weight of the blanket you order should be 10% of your weight, which would help you sleep better and faster. I bought a 15 lb. blanket. It stated that the blanket can help you release stress and anxiety to make you relaxed. Research has shown that a weighted blanket can provide outcomes for people with a wide variety of disorders and conditions. Weighted blankets have been studied in the following conditions:
ADHD, anxiety disorders, agitation, Asperger syndrome, brain trauma injuries, cerebral palsy, dental anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sensory processing disorder, Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, dementia, down syndrome, fibromyalgia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizure disorder, restless sleep, tension, and well as many other conditions, disorders.
The weighted blanket can help reduce and relieve anxiety and agitation by applying gentle pressure therapy to the body. This pressure almost feels like a hug to many people. This type of pressure has been proven to trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain and body. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitter’s that play an import role in the body, the “feel-good hormones”. I worried that if I were claustrophobic the weight of the blanket may trigger me, however I found that wasn’t the case. After a minute of having the blanket on me I didn’t really notice the weight anymore. I felt my body relax for once. It was an enjoyable moment of feeling your body calm all at once. I have to say I slept amazing the first night I tried it. Every night I’ve used it since I’ve woke up feeling a lot better. I also have to note that I don’t wake up as often in the middle of the night. The blanket can be used in various ways, it doesn’t have to be for sleeping. You can lay it across your lap, wrap around your shoulders, while watching tv. You can fold half of it under your body with the other half covering your body. You can use it to cover your full body, or half body when you sleep or while you are sitting. The possibilities are endless. You can find a method that works best for you.
I urge anyone with the conditions listed above to give it a try. Because it’s changed my life.
Disclaimer, everyone is different, it may not help or cure your symptoms but from my experience I found this helped!