Compression blanket (The benefits)

Compression blanket

In this blog post, we’ll be talking about the benefits of a compression blanket.

We will also give you some tips on how to manage anxiety. 

What is a compression blanket? 

A compression blanket is much heavier than a regular blanket because it is full of special balls.

They minimize body movement by applying weight to the body, helping you fall asleep faster and rest better, inducing relaxation and relieving anxiety.

Studies have shown that using a compression blanket can improve your sleep by creating a feeling of relaxation and peace by simulating a hug.

This simulated hug calms you by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and helps you relax as soon as you stay in bed, giving you the best sleep your body deserves.

Compression blanket (The benefits)

The special BPA-free glass beads evenly distributed in the compression blanket provide extra weight and a soothing, light pressure on the whole body.

This encourages the production of serotonin and melatonin – hormones that help you improve your mood.

They induce relaxation and relieve anxiety for a relaxing sleep.

This type of blanket has been designed to weigh about 10% of your body weight to relax you naturally, simulating the feeling of being held in someone’s arms.

Whether you’re taking a nap, watching TV or reading a book,  the compression blanket is not only ideal for a good night’s sleep – it brings calm, comfort and relaxation at any time, day or night.

The effects of a compression blanket

The compression blanket helps you sleep better in the following ways:

  • Deep sleep – the pressure created by the blanket mimics the feeling of hugging to stimulate the level of melatonin, which improves the quality of sleep
  • Feel calmer – Increases serotonin levels, calms you, sensory processing and finally reduces the activity in the nervous system
  • You live happier – Reduces anxiety and stress by bringing the feeling of refreshing mornings and helps increase productivity
  • Fall asleep faster – Due to the weight, the blanket helps to relax and makes you feel less stressed and much more relaxed.

Tips for using a compression blanket

  • The compression blanket is not recommended for use by children weighing less than 38.5 kg.
  • The weight of the blanket must not exceed 10% of the weight of the user’s body.
  • Never use a damp blanket; neither on or near the water.
  • In case of permanent damage, make sure that the product is stored properly in accordance with local legislation.
Compression blanket (The benefits)

Simple methods of managing anxiety

We know that a compression blanket is great for managing anxiety and creating a feeling of calm, however, there are many other great ways that can help you manage your anxiety. 

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and stress in such moments brings:

  • Fear and worry about one’s own health and the health of loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of health problems in the event of chronic problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other medications
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased pulse and altered breathing
  • Dry mouth etc.

Faced with stress and anxiety, our body directs much of its energy to fuel the instinct for survival, and if we are stressed for a long time, we have less and less energy for cell regeneration.

Therefore, our immune system decreases and the energy that should be used to defend our health is channeled to protect us from illusions and not to manage anxiety.

The causes of anxiety

Anxiety is defined in general terms as fear without object.

In principle, anxiety can be manifested towards certain situations or stimuli (for example separation anxiety in children or phobias-where there is a specific object of fear) or it can be manifested without an exact object, when we talk about generalized anxiety.

The causes of anxiety can be varied, depending on the situation.

Thus we can talk about the severe education offered by a parent in connection with obtaining school results that will lead to performance anxiety.

Also, receiving unpleasant news over the phone while we are on the bus can cause a person to develop agoraphobia by associating the news with the exact situation and will avoid transportation.

Obviously, the list goes on and on beyond these examples.

It is important to know how we can control our anxiety, in order to increase our quality of life both psychologically and physiologically.

Compression blanket (The benefits)

 Here are some tips that can help you manage your anxiety:

Psycho-education

It is good to know that everyone is responsible and in control of their emotional states.

It is important to be aware that each person has a high degree of control over their physiological states and their emotional states.

For a better record of this aspect, try to measure your pulse with a stethoscope or by self-listening, before and after you have climbed the stairs.

You can do this before and after watching horror movie scenes, which are an example of the person’s self-control over their own thoughts and emotions.

 Noting concerns through self-observation

This technique implies the daily notation of anxieties, worries, according to the behavioral model: What type of anxieties occur?

What thoughts do you have about anxiety? What emotions and behaviors are associated?

The person will have to choose a time of day, of about 20 minutes, when after noting these worries and postponing them, he will be able to give them free rein.

It is important that when worries occur, the person should write them down and postpone them for the set time of 20 minutes of worry.

This is a way to regain confidence in self-control over one’s emotions and thoughts.

Practicing abdominal breathing

Abdominal breathing is actually the correct one, which involves inhaling the air, as deep and slow as possible, keeping the air in the abdomen, then expiring it through the mouth.

For a better awareness of the retention of air in the abdomen, you can try in a supine position, placing a notebook or a light object on your abdomen, so that you can see when it rises to inhale the air.

Wait for a few seconds, holding the air in your abdomen, then exhale through your mouth, not your nose.

 Exposure to anxiety-generating situations

In some cases, such as panic disorders or phobias, in which the state of anxiety is present, we talk about a series of stimuli and situations that people avoid due to unpleasant past experiences, generating fear.

One way to overcome anxiety in such cases is certainly not to continue to avoid what causes us fear, but to confront them.

The anxious answer, whether we are talking about unpleasant thoughts, suffocating sensations, palpitations, will diminish in intensity with habit.

Exposure to anxious situations can be imaginary. You can choose to write the whole scenario in which you face the stimulus you avoid, then live the scenario imaginary, so that later you can establish a hierarchy of tasks, in order to gradually expose yourself to reality.

For example, a person who was bitten in childhood by dogs, chooses to avoid them today and lives with a permanent anxiety towards them.

Initially, he can choose to mentally create his scenario: how he walks on the street, how the dog appears, how he passes him, what the dog looks like, then he can try in reality, after establishing a hierarchical list of tasks.

Therefore, first he will look at a dog from a distance of a few meters, then he will touch a small dog, which has a master, etc.

To the point where he will give up avoiding the fear-generating stimulus when it is not threatening in reality.

Compression blanket (The benefits)

Reducing stimulants and adopting healthy behavior

It is extremely important to reduce stimuli such as nicotine, coffee, alcohol or caffeinated beverages in cases of anxiety.

They only increase the physiological level of anxiety. In some cases, such as a panic attack, for example, they will predispose by physiological changes to accelerate respiratory rate and increase blood pressure, to trigger a panic attack.

A recommendation aimed at subsequent muscle relaxation is represented by the practice of sports, such as swimming, cycling, running or even short walks in the park.

These short recommendations are extremely helpful in helping self-help reduce anxiety.

In addition to the techniques mentioned above, which can be approached more easily in a specialized therapeutic setting, as well as autonomously, relaxation techniques and guided imagery can be approached.

In such situations, it is initially necessary to accompany and practice the methods in the psychotherapist’s office.

Conclusions

In this blog post, you read about the benefits of a compression blanket. You also read about some tips on how to manage anxiety.  

A compression blanket is much heavier than a regular blanket because it is full of special balls.

They minimize body movement by applying weight to the body, helping you fall asleep faster and rest better, inducing relaxation and relieving anxiety.

Anxiety is defined in general terms as fear without object. In principle, anxiety can be manifested towards certain situations or stimuli (for example separation anxiety in children or phobias-where there is a specific object of fear) or it can be manifested without an exact object, when we talk about generalized anxiety.

In addition to the techniques mentioned above, which can be approached more easily in a specialized therapeutic setting, as well as autonomously, relaxation techniques and guided imagery can be approached.

If you have any questions, comments or recommendations, do not hesitate to contact us!

FAQ about compression blanket

What is a compression blanket?

A compression blanket is much heavier than a regular blanket because it is full of special balls.

They minimize body movement by applying weight to the body, helping you fall asleep faster and rest better, inducing relaxation and relieving anxiety.

Why would you use a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket increases serotonin levels, calms you, sensory processing and finally reduces the activity in the nervous system.

It also reduces anxiety and stress by bringing the feeling of refreshing mornings and helps increase productivity.

Is it OK to sleep with a weighted blanket every night?

Yes, it is OK to sleep with a weighted blanket every night.

The pressure created by the blanket mimics the feeling of hugging to stimulate the level of melatonin, which improves the quality of sleep.

Who should not use a weighted blanket?

The weighted blanket is not recommended for use by children weighing less than 38.5 kg.

Do weighted blankets make you hot?

Weighted blankets can make you hot like any other blanket. 

References

Sensorydirect.com

Calmingblankets.co.uk

Healthline.com

Compression blanket (The benefits)

Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.