I had never thought of myself as an anxious person. But in the last two years, I’ve suffered my first panic attacks and even had to wear a heart monitor for 21 consecutive days. I know I’m probably not alone.
Exercising has been a lifesaver for me when dealing with anxiety, but there was always one issue: I can’t exercise and fall asleep at the same time. In bed at night, with nothing to distract my thoughts, my mind was a warzone.
Then, I was introduced to two research studies that opened my eyes to the potential benefit of a weighted blanket. One from The Journal of Occupational Therapy and Mental Health found that 60% of participants who used a weighted blanket reported lower levels of anxiety. Another, from The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, found that weighted blankets can provide quick relief for a sudden anxiety attack.
That was enough for me, I bought one. And guess what? It worked. Here’s how:
- As I wrapped myself in the blanket, the weight made me feel like I was being hugged, which was very calming
- It made me move and fidget less at night, which made it easier to get to sleep
- I was able to stay asleep longer, even when I did wake up in the middle of the night it was easy to fall back asleep right away
- I love heavy comforters, and a weighted blanket took that feeling to the next level
If you’re struggling like I was, I recommend trying a weighted blanket.
On Free Online Therapy, we maintain a list of the top weighted blankets currently on Amazon. I recommend you check it out: