Whether you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder or experience anxiety from time to time (which will happen - unless you’re a robot), you can understand why sleeping and anxiety don’t exactly go together. When you feel anxious, your heart rate increases, along with your cortisol levels. And that’s a recipe for sleep disaster since you need cortisol to decrease to fall asleep.
But fear not. Weighted blankets can help.
What is a Weighted Blanket, Anyway?
We know you’re smart. So you can deduce, simply from its name, that a weighted blanket is a heavy blanket. (Great job!) But it’s not just a heavy blanket. There’s a lot more to weighted blankets than that.
Typically, weighted blankets have an inner and outer blanket. The inner blanket is where the weight lies. Sometimes, it’s in the form of plastic or steel pellets. Our weighted blankets, however, utilize our propriety Sensory Sand, made up of micro-glass beads. (Think sand, but better.) We designed our weighted blankets this way to conform to your body easily while also allowing airflow, so you don’t overheat.
The weight contained within weighted blankets is typically sewn into the inner blanket using single-stitched pockets. But this could be troublesome because it doesn’t allow the weight to distribute evenly, leaving a lumpy, uncomfortable blanket. The weighted blankets here at Weighted Evolution are different. The Sensory Sand is encased in 4” double-stitched pockets. That way, the weight moves easily, and you don’t have to worry about it traveling throughout the blanket, making the weight uneven.
Weighted blankets, especially the high-quality ones (ehem - like ours), are designed to deliver Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) while you rest. Think of DPS as a comfy hug all over your body. It’s not too heavy, but you notice the slight pressure. DPS has been used for years to help children with ADHD and autism feel a sense of calm.
Our weighted blankets are designed to deliver DPS while allowing for maximum airflow. The all-natural materials, proprietary Sensory Sand, and double-stitched pockets help you feel the ultimate effectiveness of DPS, even if you suffer from anxiety.
Anxiety, Hormones, and Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets and DPS help with anxiety by decreasing cortisol levels and increasing melatonin and serotonin levels. This is the magical formula your body naturally uses to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
But if you have anxiety, this probably doesn’t happen easily - at least not without a weighted blanket.
When you suffer from anxiety, your cortisol levels (your stress hormone) spike, causing you to feel a little overwhelmed with stress. And, as you know, when you feel stressed and anxious, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, which means your serotonin and melatonin decrease.
To put your anxiety hormones a little simpler, think about your fight or flight response or your body’s natural response to either deal with the stress at hand or run for the hills.
When you’re stressed and anxious, your body isn’t going to want to prepare you for sleep. And that means your melatonin (sleepy hormone) and serotonin (your happy hormone) are going to be way down in the gutter while your stress/flight/fight hormone cortisol is going to be causing you to breathe heavier, sweat, and put your stomach in knots. This is also called your autonomic nervous system response.
I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like a great way to feel at bedtime.
That’s where your trusty Weighted Evolution weighted blanket comes in. Our weighted blankets for anxiety can help your body move from stress to rest, allowing you to feel calm, relaxed, and ready for bed. Weighted blankets and DPS have been proven to bring your autonomic nervous system to a more relaxed and restful state by reducing cortisol and increasing serotonin and melatonin.
Weighted Blankets: Natural Help for Anxiety
Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, making them the most common mental illness in the country. Getting help for anxiety comes in several forms.
Counseling and therapy
Lifestyle and dietary changes
While all of these options have their pros and cons, they aren’t always easy to implement. Not to mention, medication can be a double-edged sword. Obviously, before implementing any of these, you want to talk to your doctor.
But what’s one easy, natural way to help with anxiety? You guessed it—a weighted blanket. The thing is, you can’t just get the cheapest weighted blanket on the market to help with anxiety. You need to invest in your help and get a high-quality, meticulously crafted, a breathable weighted blanket made from natural, non-toxic materials like ours here at Weighted Evolution.
We put our hearts and souls into curating what we feel is the very best weighted blanket on the market today. We’re passionate about helping you live a better, more fulfilling life. We know how important sleep is, and we most certainly understand you can’t sleep well if you suffer from anxiety. That’s why our weighted blankets are designed with you in mind - to help give you the best sleep experience possible.
Reduce Your Anxiety With a Weighted Blanket from Weighted Evolution
Living with anxiety is absolutely zero fun, and it can be hard to kick it. But getting a better night’s sleep and reducing your anxiety symptoms is within your grasp when you wrap yourself in a Weighted Evolution weighted blanket. While we know our blankets aren’t a magic pill to get rid of anxiety once and for all, they could be an excellent addition to your mental health and wellness routine.
The time to take charge of improving your mental health is now. Talk to your doctor about your options and head over to our online store to take another step in the right direction.