Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. The brain has two main states - awake and alert or calm and asleep. For those who suffer with insomnia, the brain has a difficult time coming out of the awake and alert stage. Even when the body is exhausted, the brain can't quite shift out of this high alert state. Many issues can contribute to this condition. Lack of sleep, resulting from insomnia has many consequences, including reduced quality of life and social functioning, impaired work performance, impaired memory and cognitive functioning and increased healthcare utilization.1
For those who suffer from insomnia, weighted blankets can be an absolute blessing. The blankets work to stimulate the body's natural chemicals without the negative effects of drugs. Doctors and psychologists recommend the use of these blankets as a first line of attack on sleeping disorders. The blankets can be used by patients of all ages. Studies show that weighted blankets are a safe, secure, healthy way of curing sleeping disorders.
The blankets act as Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) which triggers the release of Serotonin, Melatonin and Oxytocin. These chemicals naturally help the mind feel safe and secure allowing the user fall asleep faster and decrease sleep fragmentation throughout the night. The sleeping net even allows for the user to put the blanket over their head which seems to even more efficiently trigger the natural chemical release.
- 1 [NIH] National Institutes of Health 2005State-of-the-Science Conference Statement on Manifestations and Management of Chronic Insomnia in Adults National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement6February2006[online]. Accessed 16 August 2006. URL: http://consensus.nih.gov/2005/2005InsomniaSOS026html.htm