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From Restless to Restful: How Weighted Blankets Enhance Sleep

Weighted Blanket Better Sleep

Sleeping is more than just lying in bed for a few hours, and many people mistakenly think that merely lying down equates to being refreshed and rested. True restful sleep only occurs when the mind is calm and shut off. If a person keeps tossing and turning in bed, getting up multiple times during the night, it’s a clear sign that they’re not getting quality sleep.

A lack of sound sleep can hinder a person from reaching their full potential, as both physical and mental functions are impacted over time. Therefore, it’s crucial to find effective methods to transition from lying down to achieving deep sleep.

Investing in Well-Crafted Sleep Blankets

Sleep blankets specifically designed to manage and alleviate sleep disorders are distinct from regular blankets. They’re scientifically engineered to promote deep sleep. Acquiring such blankets is easily done by browsing online. However, it’s important to carefully consider the seller and the blanket’s features, ensuring it’s made from organic materials.

The Unique Features of Sleep Blankets

A weighted blanket, also referred to as a sleep blanket, is tailored to address sleep-related issues. Many individuals struggle with achieving a restful night’s sleep or find it challenging to nap during the day. These blankets exert pressure on the body. In most cases, it’s recommended to select a weighted blanket that’s about one-tenth of a person’s body weight. However, there’s some flexibility, and one can opt for a slightly lighter or heavier blanket based on personal preference.

The weight is achieved by evenly distributing glass spheres throughout the blanket. All the glass beads are uniform in size and are housed in numerous small pockets within the blanket. Each sewn pocket holds only one bead, ensuring there’s no noise when it’s moved or folded. Instead, it provides a soothing pressure on the body. This pressure is responsible for alleviating the constant signals and queries received by the brain while lying down.

For individuals grappling with sleep disorders, this type of blanket is a blessing, promising a wonderful and peaceful sleep experience, allowing them to wake up feeling refreshed. However, it’s important to note that the effects of the sleep blanket may take some time to manifest, as the body needs time to acclimate to the added weight.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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