If you suffer with anxiety, you know it’s far more than just being nervous or uneasy. We all go through periods of our lives where we experience anxiety. Life is full of events and situations that are highly stressful and extremely difficult to work through. Anxiety is a complex, crippling, frustrating, and often misunderstood condition. Now consider what it’s like to have an anxiety disorder, with persistent, intense anxiety symptoms on a regular basis.
You are not alone.
If you are one of the millions of Americans seeking help to manage your anxiety or anxiety disorder, you’ve probably come across the weighted blanket as a potential tool to help ease your symptoms.
That’s what we’re going to explore in this article.
We can’t stress enough how complex anxiety is. There are so many factors that play a part in the onset of anxiety, the specific symptoms you may experience, and how to treat it.
Situationally, high-stress jobs, traumatic events, overwhelming life circumstances, consistently physical overexertion, and so much more can cause anxiety. But there are many more potential causes that are out of your control as well such as a genetic predisposition, brain chemistry, and even some medications.
Once you have anxiety, you’re also unlikely to get a good night’s rest, and lack of sleep is known to make anxiety even worse. In the case of anxiety disorders, the anxiety is so persistent that the long term impact to your quality of life also compounds the symptoms. The bottom line is that there are a ton of potential factors that may bring on anxiety or cause an anxiety disorder. The question then becomes how to heal, or how to manage the condition.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses out there, with 40 million Americans (18% of the U.S. population) experiencing some type of anxiety. With this wide variety of individuals, circumstances, and potential influencing factors, symptoms can vary and each person may experience them to varying degrees.
Symptoms may include:
Just to name a few.
Treatments for anxiety are as varied as those of us who suffer with it. There are helpful medications, therapies, and a variety of tools that can help you manage your symptoms. One potential tool is the weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets can help alleviate anxiety symptoms, regardless of what may be causing it, with a therapy known as deep pressure stimulation. This therapy provides a sense of security often likened to a hug; something you won’t get from a run-of-the-mill sheet!
We’ve always found comfort from this type of stimulation, from our parents swaddling us as infants to keep us calm or giving us a comforting hug when we got hurt. This same concept applies to people who struggle with anxiety, as the pressure naturally tells our bodies that we’re safe and able to relax. Sleeping or relaxing with a weighted blanket can lower levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone typically released when the body is under stress. A little bit of pressure at night can do wonders to keep us calm, and the trend is catching on around the world.
While research is still ongoing, experts from the American Sleep Association, Harvard Medical School, and WebMD all acknowledge the potential benefits of a weighted blanket for anxiety reduction, particularly where sleep quality is concerned.
Many of our customers have also shared with us that our weighted blankets have transformed the way they sleep, allowing them to wake feeling calm, rested, and ready to start the day.
Overall, weighted blankets are affordable, easy to try, and can offer natural anxiety relief. While a weighted blanket is certainly not meant to replace any treatments or therapies you may be doing, it might be time to give a weighted blanket a try!