Stress and anxiety are common disorders associated with lack of sleep. What's the solution to a better night's rest, leading to a happier, and healthier day? The answer may be easier than you think.
Poor sleep habits can reek havoc on your body. Not only do you suffer physically, but a lack of sleep can throw you off mentally and emotionally as well. Inability to concentrate, irritability, and loss of productivity are just a few frustrating symptoms of a poor night's rest. Not only that, but bad sleep habits can lead to downright scary and very serious health issues down the road. Before you reach for over the counter sleep aids, grab your sewing kit and try this natural alternative instead.
Power Of A Blanketed Hug
Introducing the weighted blanket. So, how can something so simple help you get a restful, and peaceful night's sleep? It's all in the power of a hug.
Helpful For Everyone
You may be familiar with weighted blankets and their incredible ability to ease children and adults with sensory disorders, such as autism or anxiety. But, these magic blankets can help nearly everyone. Doctor Temple Grandin, Ph.D., agrees with this!
“Deep touch pressure is the type of surface pressure that is exerted in most types of firm touching, holding, stroking, petting of animals, or swaddling. [sic] Occupational therapists have observed that a very light touch alerts the nervous system, but deep pressure is relaxing and calming.”
Think of it like getting a massage, the simple touch and pressure exerted to the body allows it to relax and calm itself.
How It Works
Weighted blankets are filled with plastic poly pellets.When the gentle pressure of the blanket is applied over the body, it produces serotonin. Serotonin then converts to melatonin, which puts the body to sleep.
Think of it like swaddling a baby. The comfort of a hug-like sensation relaxes the nervous system and allows the body to fall into a peaceful nights sleep. No drugs or stimulants need to be used in conjunction with the blanket, making it a very safe and effective alternative to medication.
Who can benefit from them?
Psychiatric and pediatric hospitals have been using these blankets for years to help their anxious patients calm down and fall into a deep sleep. Not only can people with anxiety and stress benefit from the blanket, but those with depression, OCD, PTSD and bipolar disorder can too. These disorders have all be associated with low serotonin levels in the brain. Those who use weighted blankets report feeling more grounded and safe, resulting in a deeper, more sound slumber.
Weighted blankets can also help you fall asleep faster. If you find yourself tossing and turning for hours before bed, this may be the blanket for you!
How To Use Them
It all depends on the preference of the person using them, but a typical blanket will weigh anything from 15 to 30 pounds for the average adult. As always, be smart about it and consult a doctor before trying the blanket. Certain people with circulatory or respiratory issues are cautioned to stay away from this alternative.
Where To Buy One
One of the best parts about these blankets, is that they can be made at home! If your DIY skills are on vacation though, fear not, retailers like Amazon, Etsy and EBay all carry adult and child size weighted blankets. You can also check out specialty stores like "Magic Blanket," and "Mosaic Weighted Blankets."
Check out this DIY tutorial below if you want to put on your crafty pants and make one yourself.
With something as simple as a squeeze, you can sleep more soundly and wake refreshed. Whether you buy one online, or make it yourself, it's an incredible idea to SHARE with your friends and family!