We test a heavy blanket to see if they help you fall asleep naturally and if they serve to relieve day-to-day stress.
If you are one of those people unable to sleep beyond 7 or 8 in the morning (weekends included), you should know that you are not a freak and that you are not alone. That of tossing and turning and waking up a few minutes before the alarm clock goes off has an explanation.
According to the director of the Center for Sleep Sciences at the University of Berkeley in California, “at age 50 you only have 50% of the deep sleep that you enjoyed as a teenager”. Come on, things get worse over the years and the starting gun, apparently, is given after 30, in case it didn’t hurt enough that leaving 20 behind …
Thus, insomnia affects almost 50% of the world population and in Spain one in three people. Lack of energy is an immediate consequence, as is irritability, depression, impaired memory or motor response, a general malaise, mood swings, decreased ability to make decisions … But There are other ills that can appear when this illness becomes chronic, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases …
WHY DO WE SLEEP BADLY?
The first thing you should know is that insomnia is not only, not getting to sleep all night, it is also suffered by people who have difficulty staying or staying asleep. Thus, you will notice its consequences if you are one of those who wake up frequently during the night or too early in the morning despite feeling tired. The causes can be varied, yes.
It has a negative influence on our nervous system, which is always alert. Thus, cortisol and other stress hormones can cause stimulation of the nervous system.
Negative thoughts work like a spring and make us run out of bed. Thus, you run the risk of entering a circle in which, despite being sleepy, your mind is not able to disconnect: worry can seriously interfere with our ability to fall asleep. People are susceptible to anxiety in their daily lives many times. Practice mindfulness, disconnect before bed, have a routine, go to therapy, be careful with stimulants like coffee.
As you get older, the production of melatonin levels decreases the hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness, as well as other biological rhythms of the body. For this reason, as we get older, the body asks us to sleep less, which is why older people are more at risk of suffering sleep disorders.
The reason for our insomnia may be found in external factors such as a poor quality mattress, too much coffee during the day, too much alcohol, too much noise … Here the recommendation is to follow rituals such as not drinking too much coffee or alcohol at night. Not doing sports during the three hours before going to sleep, having dinner early and avoiding heavy meals, disconnecting from the screens at least 20 minutes before getting into bed, avoiding long naps
And if this is not your case, it is worth looking for some alternatives before giving up the dream of having a budget throw blanket to get a restful sleep.
How do weight blankets work?
Weight blankets work through deep pressure tactile simulation therapy (DPTS) which is similar to the effect achieved by swaddling babies.
Although light touches can alert the nervous system, deep pressure, similar to a good massage or a tight, heavy blanket, has a relaxing effect on the body. That is the reason why weighted blankets are used as a therapeutic treatment for sensory disorders, anxiety, depression, autism or insomnia.
They are a relatively inexpensive and effective way that does not require medications to provide calm and relaxation. The body responds in the same way as when you receive a hug.
When it comes to sleep, deep pressure relaxes the nervous system, reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and stimulates the production of serotonin and dopamine, keys to relaxation and which in turn regulate our mood.
Also, there are studies that show how the connection between the earth and the human body during sleep significantly reduces or eliminates pain and stress.
If you’re looking to give budget weighted blankets a shot, ideally the weight of the blanket should be about 10% of body weight. In my case, the blanket is about seven kilos, roughly the right weight for me. Still, the feeling is perfect.
The reason for choosing that weight and not something else is because it can make movement difficult and create the uncomfortable feeling of being trapped.
THE HEAVY BLANKET, A NATURAL SOLUTION
In addition to all the routines and factors that should be taken into account, there are certain alternative remedies, such as the use of heavy blankets. Perhaps it is because originally they were used as a treatment for disorders such as obsessive compulsive, autism, attention deficit.
These are very high density and grammage blankets that are suitable for children or adults and for any season. There are five, seven and nine kilos. To choose yours and make it work, it is key that your weight is around 10% of your body mass.