Last year I was given a gift that has completely changed the quality of my sleep. Yes, with a gift that was less than $100, I woke up feeling more rested than I had in years. And in true Real Raw Beauty fashion...I am going to share this with you.
So what was this gift?
It is a weighted blanket. And much like the blanket you had as a child, it drains all anxiety or tension from your body.
Weighted blankets take the soothing calming comfort of a regular blanket and combine it with a therapy tool. Unlike a regular blanket, a weighted blanket is filled with hypoallergenic, non toxic polypropylene pellets. The pellets are sewn into the self-contained small pockets that are evenly distributed across the blanket giving the blanket extra weight.
My blanket weighs 15 pounds. The first night I slept with it, I felt like I had an elephant on top of me. I wasn't even sure I could keep it on all night.
But I did, and I was so happy. I actually slept better. And every night after, it got easier and easier. Now I don't want to be without it. You almost develop a friendship with it! LOL!
You grow to love the weight of the blanket against your body. It's a little like a cocoon, without feeling claustrophobic. Research has shown that deep touch pressure, or deep pressure stimulation can create a calm, peaceful feeling that helps reduce insomnia.
The key to weighted blankets is a cold room. The blanket is heavy and warm, so you have to adjust your thermostat accordingly.
So if you would like to improve your sleep, I definitely recommend giving the weighted blanket a chance. I couldn't live without mine!
So in a nutshell, if you struggle with sleep, anxiety, restless legs, or you have trouble shutting your brain off at night, I totally recommend a weighted blanket. You can get them from Amazon. Here is a link. Check them out, you will be very happy you did. I would also recommend buying a duvet cover for them, so you can take it off and wash it.