PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is something that happens after trauma. Even though many people quickly associate it with people in the military, it can happen to anyone. Millions of people outside the military experience PTSD. It generally happens after a life-altering event such as assault, abuse, serious health problems, loss of a loved one, life-threatening accidents.
In PTSD, the patient experienced a heightened arousal state that happens due to the traumatic event. If it is not treated, PTSD can worsen over time.
People with PTSD have trouble sleeping
People who suffer from PTSD often find it very difficult to fall asleep and they often have poor sleep quality. They wake up several times throughout the night. They wake up feeling exhausted and that can worsen the situation.
When you sleep your body needs to go through the four sleep cycles adequately and then only you will feel refreshed when you wake up in the morning. The fourth cycle, REM, is typically the interrupted sleep stage. During REM sleep, your brain processes and deals with traumatic memories. If you skip REM sleep, your brain is not getting a chance to process the memory better.
Sometimes PTSD is also accompanied by some common sleep disorders which include night terrors or nightmares and insomnia.
Most people with PTSD also suffer from nightmares or night terrors. These nightmares happened to surround the traumatic event that the person went through and it causes them to wake often. When a person wakes up from a horrible dream, it can be very difficult to fall back to sleep. As a result of that, poor sleep quality and insufficient sleep may happen to the person.
One of the most common symptoms of PTSD is hyperarousal. It means that the person cannot relax. If that is the case, the person will also not be able to fall asleep. Because if you're not relaxed, you're not going to be able to fall asleep. Then insomnia will happen.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
OSA is a condition that happens when the throat muscles relax and block your airway while sleeping. The most common symptom of this problem is loud snoring. Sometimes it can cause you to stop breathing, gasp and choke which can result in an unpleasant awakening.
Using a weighted blanket for PTSD
The main purpose of a weighted blanket is to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It works for people who do not suffer from PTSD but it is also effective and can help people who have PTSD. People who have PTSD have a high-stress level throughout the day and also at that time. Here a weighted blanket can help because it is an excellent tool for getting better sleep.
Weighted blankets provide deep pressure stimulation or DPS. The PS is like a comforting full-body hug. It helps your body to produce the necessary hormones that are necessary to feel calm and comforted. It can also help you to eliminate stress and allow you to fall asleep faster. Since you use the weighted blanket throughout the night, it will comfort you and the DPS will get a chance to work all night long. It will help you to stay asleep longer.
Weighted blankets and hormones
The weighted blankets will also increase the levels of serotonin in your body. Serotonin is the happy hormone. It will help you to feel safe, calm, and happy. This is a condition that is conducive to falling asleep faster and staying asleep for a longer duration.
Weighted blankets can also reduce the levels of cortisol or stress hormones in your body. When you suffer from PTSD, the court is the levels in your body are high at any time of the day. When these levels are high, it will be very difficult to fall asleep. By reducing the levels of cortisol in your body, weighted blankets help you to fall asleep.
Melatonin is a hormone which is known as the sleep hormone. Your body naturally produces this hormone after sunset. But when you have PTSD, your court is the level that can obstruct the production of necessary melatonin in your body. When your body does not produce the necessary melatonin, it will be very difficult for you to fall asleep. By producing more melatonin in the body, weighted blankets help you to fall asleep faster.
Weighted blankets are an excellent addition to any PTSD treatment that you are already receiving. These blankets are a natural, non-toxic way to feel better and also feel relief from the symptoms that you are suffering every day.
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