If you suffer from any type of anxiety or anxiety disorder, you will understand that anxiety and sleeping or not really friends. When you are anxious, it is difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. During anxiety attacks, your heart rate increases with your cortisol levels and that is a good recipe for sleep disaster. If you have high levels of cortisol in your body, you will not be able to sleep.
How can a weighted blanket help?
Before we go to how it can help, you need to know a little about a weighted blanket. A weighted blanket is a heavy blanket but it is very different from a normal blanket. It has an inner and outer blanket. The inner blanket contains the weight in the form of steel or plastic pallets. The good quality blankets use micro glass beads. These blankets conform to your body while sleeping and allow airflow so that you do not overhead.
Weighted blankets for anxiety
High-quality weighted blankets can deliver deep pressure stimulation or DPS while you sleep. You will feel a comfortable hug all over your body. It is not very heavy but you will be able to notice the slight pressure. DPS is good for people with anxiety because it has been used for years to help children with ADHD and autism to make them calm.
Weighted blankets and DPS will help you with your anxiety by decreasing the levels of cortisol in your body. These blankets will also increase melatonin and serotonin levels in the body. By doing so, these blankets can help your body to naturally fall asleep and stay asleep for a longer duration.
When you are suffering from anxiety, the cortisol levels or the stress hormone increases and because of that you feel overwhelmed with stress. And during such a situation, your heart rate and BP increase because you feel stressed and anxious, and thereby the levels of serotonin and melatonin decrease in the body.
By increasing the levels of serotonin and melatonin in the body and by decreasing the levels of cortisol, these weighted blankets can help your body to feel more relaxed.
It works because when you are stressed and anxious, your body is not ready to prepare you for sleep. In that situation, your sleep hormone melatonin and your happy hormone serotonin are going to be very low. By increasing the levels of these important hormones, weighted blankets gradually help your body prepare for better sleep.
Weighted Evolution Blankets are designed to deliver DPS while allowing for maximum airflow. It is made of all-natural materials, proprietary sensory sand and offers double stage pockets.
These weighted blankets can help your body to move from stress to rest and allow you to feel calm, relaxed, and ready for bed. The DPS offered by these weighted blankets have been proven to bring your autonomic nervous system to a more relaxed and restful stay and that's how it can help in anxiety.