Weighted Blankets for Stress and Sleeping Disorders
Are you struggling to fall asleep at night? Or are you just restless at night, tossing and turning.
Are the events of the day swirling around your head, keeping you constantly wound up, stressful, and doubting yourself?
Whether it's from anxiety, stress or just undiagnosed insomnia, you could find relief with our weighted blankets! Stress and anxiety are the main culprits for bad sleep, and you need to make sure you’re doing something to end that vicious circle.
In this article, we will not only discuss the need-to-knows about anxiety but also some key information regarding stress and insomnia.
Anxiety - Weighted Blankets Can Help
As many as 1 in 5 Australians suffer from mental illness, and close to 14% of the population here is struggling with various types of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders prevent people from living a full, rich life. What’s even worse, only around 35% of Australians suffering from them seek any medical help.
The stigma against mental illness is still deceptively strong, which is why suffers often feel that they have to deal with their issues alone and in silence.
It’s ok if you don’t want to discuss your anxiety issues with a psychiatrist straight away. Still, you can talk to your friends and family members, and we urge you to do so - these problems don’t go away when you ignore them, they just get worse.
In the meantime, you can try a revolutionary new trend in reducing your anxiety. Weighted blankets are used by occupational therapists because they can provide a calming effect through a process called grounding.
Grounding is at the heart of Deep Pressure Therapy. The weight of the blanket pushes down on your body’s proprioceptive sensors (movement and positioning), giving it an idea about where it is in relation to everything around it.
Some scientists also speculate that DPT helps our body produce serotonin, the ‘happiness hormone’, allowing us to combat stress and anxiety more naturally and without the use of psychotropic medication.
You don’t have to take our word for it though - read how others feel after sleeping with a weighted blanket for stress for just one night:
To learn more about anxiety disorders and find some tips on how to identify if you might be suffering from one of them, read on.
What Does Anxiety Look Like?
We all worry from time to time.
We all doubt ourselves occasionally.
We’re all nervous before a big event in our life.
That’s what being human is all about - pushing to the very end and overcoming our own self-imposed limits.
Anxiety is different.
When you suffer from anxiety, those feelings never go away. They also get worse over time. Anxiety interferes with our daily activities such as school, work, and family time, completely messing up our quality of life.
Anxiety is constant dread that you won’t be able to pay your bills on time; that you will mess up an important work meeting; or that you will embarrass yourself in front of friends or complete strangers - even though that hasn’t happened to you in years. Still, you’re constantly afraid that tomorrow it will.
It’s being afraid of crossing the street when the light is green and everyone is moving because you think a mad driver will come out of nowhere and mow you down - even though there are no cars on the road.
Anxiety is still grieving the loss of a family member years after the fact to such an effect that you’re emotionally numb and have nightmares and flashbacks on a regular basis.
Anxiety is walking around afraid all the time but not being able to identify what it is you’re afraid of. So you’re just afraid of everything, and that little worm of fear is constantly fighting for your attention, no matter what you’re doing.
Treatment for anxiety disorders starts with an accurate diagnosis. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist who can diagnose your condition and help you determine the best course of treatment.
To help yourself without taking any medication or talking to doctors (although visiting a doctor is something you need to do in order to come to the root cause of your problems), you can always order our anxiety weighted blanket.
How Can Weighted Blanket for Stress Help?
Nothing is better at the end of a long day than climbing into bed, snuggling up under the covers, and drifting off to sleep.
If you are stressed or suffering from anxiety, weighted blankets can help you do the same. Without it, things probably look a lot different, right? You might stay awake for hours, tossing and turning as your brain cycles through a long list of worries.
You eventually nod off but then wake in the morning feeling as if you hadn’t slept at all.
Weighted blankets for stress are exactly what they sound – blankets that are heavier than a normal blanket, and designed to “ground” your body during sleep by pushing it applying pressure to your nerve endings. The benefits you will reap while using our anxiety weighted blanket are numerous, but here’s a small sneak peek so you know what to expect.
Grounding has a calming effect on the mind and body because it simulates deep pressure touch or DPT, which is a type of therapy that uses applied pressure to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
A body that’s under stress produces cortisol, a hormone responsible for our flight or fight response. When that happens, our blood pressure shoots up, and so does our heart rate.
We begin breathing heavily and tense up. It’s a natural reaction to danger, but since our body can’t differentiate between emotional stress and an actual threat, we’re forced to spend the night staring at the ceiling.
According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, grounding during sleep is effective in re-establishing normal cortisol production, bringing it into balance with the body’s natural circadian rhythm. This leads to improved sleep and relief from anxiety symptoms such as insomnia, stress, and pain. In another study, 63% of adult anxiety patients experienced a reduction in symptoms when using a 30-pound weighted blanket for anxiety.
OK, how about repeating all of this, but minus the scientific mumbo-jumbo?
In layman’s terms, a weighted blanket for stress can reduce the level of cortisol in our system, while, at the same time, promoting the release of beneficial neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. Just like that, our body starts unwinding and preparing itself for a restful night.
Choosing the Right Weighted Blanket for Your Stress-Induced Insomnia
The idea of covering yourself up with a heavy, weighted blanket may sound strange to you - it does to a lot of people. However, after trying it for just one night, you will see just how effective this form of anxiety treatment can be.
Before you give it a try, it’s important to know what to look for in a weighted blanket for anxiety:
Weighted blanket for insomnia comes in a range of different sizes and weights. It is generally recommended that you choose a blanket that weighs 5-15% of your body weight. So, if you weigh 68kg, a 6.8kg blanket would be ideal.
Blanket filling is also important. Some companies use grains like rice or barley to fill their anxiety blankets. While these options may be cost-effective, they could be a problem for people with grain allergies or sensitivities. Other factors, such as machine washing, should be considered as well.
- Don’t forget the fabric, either. Since you will be covering with this blanket from here on out, you want something that is soft and warm.
If you’re looking for an anxiety blanket in Australia, we have some good news for you!
Calming Blankets use evenly-distributed beads paired with an ultra-soft minky fabric for maximum comfort, creating a soothing pressure over your body as you sleep.
Our blankets for stress come in a 2.2kg kids size, as well as 6.8kg and 9kg adult sizes. By making DPT available outside in-patient facilities, the Calming Blanket can help you sleep better at night and. It can also help with other conditions such as ADHD, autism, and chronic stress.
If you’re ready to try our Calming Blanket, order one today!
Every Calming Blankets’ weighted blanket for stress is backed by a 10-day return policy so you can peacefully order yours today, without adding on to your stress. Shipping is absolutely free and you will receive your weighted blanket for stress within 2 to 8 days.
Take the first steps toward a restful night’s sleep and a stress-free day with Calming Blankets.
Click here to buy your blanket today!