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Insomnia -Weighted Blankets Can Help
If you regularly have problems sleeping, you may have insomnia. According to the NHS, it’s believed that a third of Brits will experience insomnia at some point in their lives.
You may have insomnia if you regularly:
- Struggle to fall asleep
- Wake up frequently during the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep
- Wake up early and can’t get back to sleep, even if you feel tired
- Feel tired and/or irritable throughout the day
- Find it difficult to concentrate on tasks because of tiredness
One potential remedy is a weighted blanket because it has been shown to help with insomnia in older children and adults.
Here’s how insomnia affects your physical and mental health:
Research says insomnia is associated with hypertension, diabetes and mortality, as well as neurocognitive impairment such as short-term memory problems. In fact, insomnia is linked to anxiety, depressed mood and poor coping resources.
Poor sleep can lead to a weaker immune system
A 2012 study found that prolonged sleep curtailment and the subsequent stress response can lead to immunodeficiency. This makes it harder for your immune system to fight off illnesses and infections.
Poor sleep can also make you gain weight
Short sleep duration is strongly associated with weight gain and obesity in adults and children. When you don’t sleep enough, you don’t have as much energy during the day. As a result, you’re more likely to turn to sugary foods and drinks to increase your energy levels and compensate for your lack of sleep.
But more sleep can help you cut those calories
A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that participants who sleep more hours consume less sugar than those who sleep for fewer hours. The results suggest poor sleep risks obesity and that increasing sleep duration could help reduce sugar consumption.
So if you’re suffering from insomnia, here’s how weighted blankets can help you sleep better:
- They can help you feel calmer and less anxious
In 2015, the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders found that weighted blankets alter tactile inputs and may reduce symptoms of insomnia. The researchers noted that deep pressure touch therapy helps insomniacs be calmer and less anxious.
- They can help you sleep for longer
Another study in Sweden found that participants sleeping with a weighted blanket slept significantly longer and moved less during the night. When sleeping without a weighted blanket, the study found that the participants slept less and were more restless.
But won’t sleeping tablets solve insomnia?
It might be tempting to assume that sleeping tablets are a quick and easy fix for insomnia, but this isn’t the case. Over-the-counter pills may provide short-term benefits by helping you fall asleep faster, but they won’t address the causes of your insomnia.
You may become too reliant on sleeping tablets. This could lead to drug tolerance, meaning you need more medication to achieve the same effects. Or, over time, it could progress to drug dependence.
Sleeping pills have also been linked to an increased risk of early death.
In contrast, weighted blankets are extremely safe for most adults and should not cause any side effects. After all, you don’t swallow a blanket!
So what type of weighted blanket is right for me?
It’s important to choose a weighted blanket that’s adapted to your body weight in order to achieve the full therapeutic effect.
kalmkoala’s are available in two weights (6.8kg or 9kg) and two sizes (48 by 78 inches and 68 by 80 inches). You should choose a weighted blanket that’s between 7% and 13% of your body weight. So, for example, if you weigh 60kg, choose our 6.8kg weighted blanket, and if you weigh 100kg, choose the 9kg version.
Our smaller (48 by 78 inch) blanket is well suited to single beds, while the larger 68 by 80-inch blanket is perfect for double or king-size beds.
Can weighted blankets help with other sleep disorders too?
There is some evidence that weighted blankets could improve sleep quality for people who suffer from restless leg syndrome.
Research has found that a weighted blanket may reduce the crawling sensation for RLS sufferers, aiding them in falling asleep.
It’s not yet clear whether weighted blankets will help people who experience other sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnoea, although research in this area is still evolving.