Weighted Blankets for Insomnia – Do they work?

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Weighted Blankets for Insomnia

Weighted blanked are trending in the market today. Weighted blankets are being publicized as blankets that can cure sleep orders – such as insomnia, anxiety, and stress. They fall into EDA’s guideline which means that they cannot be marketed as a medicated product, but instead they can be marketed as an only business. However, it has been shown in recent studies that weighted blankets do cause better sleep in adults. There are two types of weighted blankets, one is adult blankets and the other children blankets. Both are self-explanatory. They are usually filled with plastic/glass beads or plastic pellets.

How do they work?

These blankets due to heaving extraordinary weight cause deep stimulation senses in the brain to be active. They release the feeling of any type of connection you may feel with another person. Such as hugging, having a baby rest in your arms or massage. Due to this stimulation, many people feel relaxed. They also release a chemical from the brains such as serotonin and dopamine, both of these chemicals, make the person feel less anxious and less stressed out. It also triggers the brain into the parasympathetic nervous system, which puts our body in a state of relaxation. It’s the opposite of the sympathetic nervous system, which means to either fight or flight response.

These blankets are usually praised for their medication-free way to manage all sorts of anxiety, pain, and stress. But they are not going to replace your medication that has been prescribed by your doctor.

Can they cure my insomnia?

Weighted blankets come in all shapes and sizes. Always consider the right size for your blanket. If your size doesn’t fit you, then you may not encounter all the positive features that come with the weighted blanket.

If you are prescribed by a doctor to take medications, I would advise taking them. As the blanket isn’t medicated it wouldn’t change much. Since most analogies of our bodies are different, it means it may work for you.

A recent study showed that 68% of people, who used a weighted blanket got cured of insomnia. If we take those statistics into account, that means ¾ of the survey takers were cured of insomnia. Since the blanket triggers our parasympathetic nervous system, which means it helps us to relax, which in turn makes us sleepy.

The blanket also releases additional chemicals as I mentioned already, which are dopamine and serotonin which make you feel relaxed. Dopamine is also released when you’re happy, so the blankets do have some medicated powers.

If you are or were a soldier or any member in your family suffers from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder and it makes you unable to sleep. I would advise going to the doctor first and ask if a weighted blanket would help you out. Many PTSD patients are advised to stay in hospitals. Most of these hospitals use weighted blankets. Since many PTSD patients are not able to sleep properly, and they have insomnia. So, if you suffer from PTSD I would advise getting a weighted blanket.

Many people in this era, feel very lonely. Many people are suffering through heartbreaks, or they are under high pressure due to society or it’s just inside their heads. A weighted blanket will temporary cause you to forget about these problems. Since these blankets aren’t medicated. Also, I would advise going to the psychiatrist or the doctor for further help.

So, in conclusion, insomnia is temporarily cured by weighted blankets. If things do go south and you still cannot sleep, again please visit the doctor for medicated advise.

Which one you should pick?

Well, if your child is suffering from insomnia due to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Then, its best to get your child a weighted blanket. Always remember to never buy the blanket heavier than the child. It may cause suffocation for your child. Also, measure your bed and check if the blanket fits the bed evenly. Even weight distribution is important in any type of weighted blanket. Also prefer buying child weighted blankets, which are specifically made for children. They are cheap too, and they come with clean sheets, so they are easier to wash.

If you are an adult, I would advise you getting adult blankies (adult blankets). The Kickstarter that made the weighted blanked so famous, Gravity is a great choice. They are cheap and come in all shapes and sizes. Both the children and adult sizes come into queen, kings, and size for all. So be careful. Also always check if the weight is bearable or not. Also, get the options with the clean sheets so its easier to clean them.

Children weighted blanket sizes also come in queen, kings, and size for all.

Conclusion:

Weighted Blankets due to recent popularity have gained a reputation for curing insomnia and other health problems. In this article, I have stated various reasons and statistics which prove that weighted blankets due to cure insomnia for some people. If you are suffering from intense stress and insomnia, I would advise going to the doctor first, and then most likely buy a weighted blanket. Most children suffer from ADHD, so if your child suffers ADHD, I would advise asking the doctor first, if your child needs a weighted blanket or not. Also, remember these blankets aren’t sold as medicated products. But they trigger many hormones that do make you feel relaxed. Which means these blankets are very good at what they do.

If a friend or a family member suffers from any sort of insomnia you should recommend them a weighted blanket. It might just work for them and make their life easier. Also, please remember to not buy weighted blankets that are not heavier than you.

Always take your medication which is prescribed by your doctor, which may make your healing faster, and one day you may get rid of insomnia altogether. I wish you the best of luck, whoever is reading this.