If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety you know that it can sometimes make it impossible to sleep. Leaving you not only anxious but also exhausted. Even if you don’t face anxiety daily or aren’t aware of it, Fit Bit found that their users wake up over nine times a night on average, which points to America’s sleep problems. There’s quite a bit of scientific evidence that proves the connection, one study claimed, “Bidirectionality was found between insomnia, anxiety, and depression, suggesting that insomnia predicts and is predicted by anxiety and depression,”.
Anxiety and sleep are connected, what does that have to do with weighted blankets?
Weighted blankets were first used commonly with children who had Autism during moments of sensory overload. This is because the blankets creates deep pressure touch, which is thought to clam the nervous system of someone in sensory arousal. Because this is the same state people can reach when experiencing anxiety, the use of weighted blankets began to spread to adults. While testing the effectiveness of weighted blankets in adults in 2006, one small study found 63 percent reported lower anxiety after and 78 percent found the weighted blanket an effective calming mechanism.
Weighted blankets can help anxiety but, how much weight are we talking about?
According to one weighted blanket company, users should choose a blanket that is about 10% of their body weight. For example, a 12-pound weighted blanket may be ideal for someone who weighs 120 pounds, a 15-pound one for someone who weighs 150 pounds, and on so and on forth.
Where can I get one and how much will it cost?
Weighted blankets can be expensive, but the prices vary greatly and with a bit of searching there are some more affordable options out there. Amazon carries many at a wide variety of price points.
Or, if you want to try it out without breaking the bank quite yet, and don’t mind being warm, pile on the all the comforters and blankets and settle down for a good night’s sleep.