Brooke was desperate to get a good night’s sleep. It had become routine for her to carry the stress of the day into bedtime. Her thoughts would race, and she could never seem to find a comfortable sleeping position. That was before she found this hack for sleep, stress, and anxiety….WEIGHTED BLANKETS! They feel like you’re being hugged to sleep 🙂
Why Would You Even Have A Weighted Blanket?
Okay, okay – imagine how cozy it feels to be huddled underneath a pile of blankets. Now imagine those blankets tucking you in and holding you. The weight has a swaddling effect due to the power of deep touch stimulation. Gentle distribution of deep pressure across your body is actually a proven anxiety treatment. According to the American Sleep Association, 50 – 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. While 18% of the country suffers from prolonged anxiety. In other words – we pretty much ALL could benefit from a little additional TLC when it comes to winding down for bed. So few of us get a good night’s sleep as it is….
The Science And Emotional Benefits
By stimulating the feeling of being held or hugged, these blankets help relax the nervous system. This increases serotonin (happy hormone) and melatonin levels (sleep hormone) and decreases cortisol levels (fight or flight) thereby improving your mood and promoting restful sleep. This also helps to turn off our minds and reach the deep levels of relaxation and restfulness that we actually need. Weighted blankets help people to fall asleep, and to stay asleep by providing a calming effect to the entire nervous system.
We Tested It:
Weighted blankets are an investment for sure, but luckily it’s that time of year when maybe some gift cards can be applied to offset the cost a bit. Our Happier Daily reviewer tells us that a weighted blanket is worth it for anyone, even people who don’t generally struggle to sleep. She says,
“I thought I slept fine before getting my weighted blanket, but I noticed a definite difference in the morning when I woke up. I usually feel stressed about leaving my warm blankets to start the day – but I woke up with a deep sense of calm that carried with me through the day. I started with a 12 lbs blanket and decided to exchange it for a 25 lbs blanket because I wanted more weight for the times when I’m not sleeping. The 12 lbs weight is so subtle, I barely noticed it. I’m petite in size so my recommended size would be between 12 lbs and 15 lbs, this brand may have just had 12 lbs and 18 lbs though as an example. I definitely recommend going up in weight. Keep in mind, the weight is dispersed over the entire length – I got a large size, so the weight was widely dispersed – I even folded it in half to try and increase the weight. (It felt so good, I wanted more!) The first thing I recognized was that I felt like someone had intentionally tucked me in. As I fell asleep, the weight was barely noticeable but I did recognize that it felt like what I would imagine it might have felt when I was a baby being held.”
Many people describe their first time sort of like putting on that weighted vest before getting an x-ray. They also describe racing thoughts no longer happening. There’s a lot of soothing aspects to these blankets…
COMMENT: What do you think – is a weighted blanket something you would try? Let us know what solutions have you found make deep sleep easier for you!