Luckily, there are effective treatments for stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
These treatments range from therapy and counseling to prescription medication.
For many, prescription medication is what they turn to first and in the case of children, some parents dislike the idea of putting their children on prescription medication.
There is one form of therapy, however, that is beginning to gain traction in the treatment of anxiety, stress, and insomnia without having to resort to medication or doctors visits.
This new therapy involves the use of a weighted blanket.
Quality weighted blankets are come in two parts.
The first important component is the weighted insert.
This insert is made up of tiny pockets, sewn into squares, that securely hold tiny pellets, allowing for evenly distributed pressure. One consideration when researching weighted blankets is what the pellet is actually made of. Some cheaper blankets use hard pellets which add weight but are less than comfortable for the user.
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Washing an older weighted blanket was a chore.
First, you would need a large washer to fit the entire blanket.
Second, drying the blanket took forever.
Because you had to was the unit entirely, water would get trapped in between the weighted insert and the outer cover.
Line drying would take hours, possibly days which robbed the user of valuable treatment time.
If you tried to use a dryer, you would run the risk of shrinking the blanket or worse, weakening the material.
With new weighted blankets, like the Calmforter, the user can quickly and easily remove the outer cover by untying the corners, allowing the cover to be washed separately.
Once the cover has dried, it can be tied back to the weighted insert and the blanket can be used again. This method of washing allows for a quicker turn around meaning more time for treatment.
Weighted blankets can help reduce anxiety in both children and adults. They’re typically safe to use. They help many people achieve a relaxed state, allowing them to sleep more deeply.
Weighted blankets help ground your body during sleep by pushing it downwards. This process, known as “earthing” or “grounding,” may have a deeply calming effect. The blankets also simulate deep pressure touch (DPT), a type of therapy that uses firm, hands-on pressure to reduce chronic stress and high levels of anxiety.
Studies show that grounding may help reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol is produced when your brain thinks you’re under attack, eliciting the fight or flight response. Stress can escalate cortisol levels. This can have a negative impact upon the immune system. It can also increase blood sugar levels and adversely affect the digestive tract.
Elevated cortisol levels, especially those that don’t drop back down to normal levels naturally, can cause multiple complications. These include:
By providing deep pressure touch, weighted blankets can promote relaxation and help break this cycle. This may trigger the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which are feel-good hormones produced in the brain. These hormones help combat stress, anxiety, and depression.
A study reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicated that grounding the human body while sleeping is an effective way to synchronize cortisol secretion with its natural, 24-hour circadian rhythms, especially in women. Grounding helped reduce cortisol production in the participants during sleep. This improved their sleep and alleviated stress, insomnia, and pain. (www.healthline.com)
Weighted blankets clearly play an important role in the relief of multiple disorders and conditions. Some people swear by their benefits and wish they had discovered them sooner. Hopefully this article has helped you discover the benefits of using weighted blankets for therapeutic reasons. I hope you find relief in whatever options you decide to pursue.