Weighted blankets are developed relieve stress and anxiety. Using these blankets, gives the sensation of being hugged or embraced. They are custom made according to your height and body weight.
However, they offer much more than just a hug. Studies have shown that using a weighted blanket increases the level of serotonin and melatonin as well as reducing cortisol. Also, weighted blankets contribute to the improvement of your mood by helping you to achieve a restful sleep throughout the night.
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My name is Damien and I’d like to share my story about insomnia. My fight with this awful illness, as far as I remember, began when I was teenager.
I’ve always been a night owl and have had a problem falling asleep, when the rest of the family were tired and went to bed to sleep, I was still wide awake. I tried many things, changing pillows, listening to music even moving my bed around the room thinking that maybe feng shui might help.
My insomnia intensified when I changed my job and my working pattern meant finishing late. I’d arrive home dog tired but even so I couldn't sleep. As soon as I lay in bed, ready to sleep my thoughts would start racing and I’d worry that I was not sleeping, which made it even worse.
The more I tried to force myself to fall asleep, the longer it took and the more I’d worry that I wasn’t getting enough sleep and would be tired in the morning. It was a vicious circle which caused a lot of stress. Eventually I went to the doctor for help because it became so bad. Sometimes I’d hear someone from the family get up to go to work and I didn’t think I’d even been to sleep yet.-> After a 10 minute consultation, I was prescribed sleeping pills. I was excited, I said to myself this could be the solution. After taking the pills I slept like a baby, but the mornings were hard. I found it really hard to get out of bed and struggled to function normally during the day. Even cutting the dose right down left me feeling like the night after a good party.
I had to give up taking the pills because it was interferring with my job. One day idly browsing the internet I saw an advert for weighted blankets – it made me curious. Could a piece of weighted material really help me fall asleep? I started researching weighted blankets and how the pressure on the body was supposed to cause a feeling of cosiness, and relax the muscles to aid sleep.
I mentioned what I’d found out about weighted blankets to my family one day while we were sitting round the table having breakfast. We talked about how they work and I got the impression that they were pretty sceptical about it. Later, still tormented with insomnia, Christmas came and under the tree was a beautifully wrapped large, heavy, present with my name on it. I thought, wow, my family have been very generous this year. On Christmas day I opened it and found it was a weighted blanket. To be honest, I wasn’t all that happy, I thought they were making fun of me based on what they had said earlier, but I put on a brave face and said I was excited to try it.
That night I gave it a go, and seemed to fall into a nice deep sleep straight away. I actually felt refreshed the next day, but thought that maybe this sleep was caused the Christmas dinner and drinks. However, as the days passed I found I was sleeping better. I was falling asleep more quickly and staying asleep for longer. I don't know how it works, but for me it is magic. I can honestly recommend it to anyone who has a problem with insomnia. It’s been over a year now and dare I say it, it’s been a lifesaver. I thank my family for this amazing gift and I thank Gravity for creating this simple solution which really helped me out with my Insomnia.Read more
Author of book Your Night’s Architecture
The United Kingdom is my home and I hold a German passport. This on-and-off expat since childhood is used to adapting, which probably triggered my never-ending curiosity, nothing seems safe from being challenged. That trait got me into a lot of trouble over the years. Interestingly enough, it also made me speaker on many occasions.
My BFF would probably be best to tell you the tale of many further changes in my life. She and some other very close friends witnessed me deteriorating over time. To this day I can’t believe the humanity they showed. They were always there, even though I was increasingly retreating from society, especially when my sleep issues got so bad that for long periods, I couldn’t seem to face anyone. Very few of them knew how hard it got to drive to the airport to fly all over Europe. My career in IT was progressing but accompanied by increasingly alarming sleep issues. It brought so many debilitating challenges; all I could do was to hope for sleep, handle epic mood swings, a burnout and several stints in psychiatric facilities. In the end, I won and overcame insomnia.
Before I started sleeping again, I knew it was time to publicly discuss slumber based on us as unique individuals and help to have informed conversations. The time is now to stop toughening up, dear ones. Instead of sweeping it under the rug, or hoping for magical cures, I want to see analysis, structure, and a map to see what can be achieved, and by whom. The medical society recognises that sleep is an interdisciplinary topic. We are amiss to not treat it as such.
It’s not clear to me when insomnia started for me. At university, my sleep issues might have gone undetected because of the flexible schedule. There was an immense pressure to make something of myself professionally, so I think that at the very latest it started in 2001 and slowly morphed into the most significant health crisis I’d ever faced. My hormones had already been all over the place since puberty, starting with stress-related very irregular periods for years. Over the years since 2001, gastrointestinal problems developed, (awesome, I know), there were non-diabetic blood sugar issues, including moments of being close to fainting, combined with daily and nightly panic attacks.
Sometimes, I was not able to fall asleep because in the darkness of my room, I could no longer remember whether or not penguins had knees.
Public appearances I make trigger flashbacks, they always do. While prerecording a video for an online summit, I felt reminded of countless trial and error attempts I had endured. Are you ready for a long and incoherent list of things I did? They ranged from nightly cream of tartar to be ingested with orange juice, hoping for psychiatric diagnoses, experimenting with sleeping pills, melatonin, antihistamines, alcohol, pain killers, other supplements, St. John’s Worth to self-medicate to progressive muscle relaxation… As if all of this wasn’t enough I once withdrew from medication my first psychiatrist had prescribed without waning it out, the effects were disastrous, to say the least. Oh, and what would you make of self-inflicted sleep deprivation for 48 hours which of course is never a good idea without medical supervision. I can’t believe I did that to myself.
Exercise is good for you, they say. I physically could no longer handle some of it and still signed up for running a half marathon. I ended up walking the entire track. To make it through, I got into a habit of buying sleeping pills all over Europe and became an expert at knowing how long they’d last for important events. Throughout my entire career, I held exactly one presentation where I was fully rested as opposed to being sleep deprived or sedated from taking sleeping pills. The memory of all of it still makes me feel sore, if not for me, then for you. You are probably trying out different things I suppose, but still. You, my dear slumber-deprived individual, need structure, just like I would have. So, now, I get people to benefit from talks like the ones below at the Somnex Sleep Show in London, or corporations.
→ “Addressing sleep issues as a healthcare practitioner. Can looking at the sleepless in their context be more efficient”
→ “Addressing sleep issues in your context. How to navigate through insomnia and other common sleep challenges.”
Society is waking up to this concept, and I get featured by great writers who understand that navigating insomnia can’t be reduced to 5 bullet points. They did a marvelous job, scouring through my quite extensive outline for them: Charlotte at Whatever Your Dose wrote this wonderful article to explain insomnia – what it is, what causes it and how to fix it Jane at The Healthcare Holiday; An Expert View Into Insomnia Manufacturers of sleep products let me test out their products. As you will learn in the book, I am a big fan of gadgets, technology, aids. Applied the right context, they can work marvels. We don’t have the answers as to how they work but when they do, I let them.
→ Weighted blankets by Gravity Blankets I have always loved heavy blankets and found the concept of weighted blankets very intriguing. In response to an inquiry I initiated, Gravity Blankets kindly agreed to send me a free sample and I am using it as much as I can. You know, since overcoming insomnia years ago, I have been tweaking my sleep to perfection. By nature, I have an underlying level of anxiety that I am addressing. To me, and in my context, sleep quality has improved even more since using the weighted blankets due to deep pressure. Deep pressure means tactile pressure stimulation. Researchers assume it leads to a state of calmness and alleviating feelings of anxiety which is influenced by the parasympathetic nervous system. Personally, I realized how much I used to love heavy blankets. I now know that I still need to assist my nervous system, have been using Gravity Blanket’s weighted blanket and love it. They are adding a new level of perfection to my sleep. Many thanks to the team at Gravity Blankets, for letting me try it out.
The book “Your Night’s Architecture” is coming into existence because sleeplessness has to be addressed differently than it is now. Back in the day, this former insomniac was forced to look at the reality of sleep hacks and fragmented pieces of information all over the place. In fact, sleep is being discussed everywhere. More often than not, it sounds like there is a magic wand out there. You know that you are unique. So, remind me, why would the chronically sleepless rely on sleep hacks, when one’s particular circumstances matter?
In 2010, I thought I was about to break because of insomnia. It would take me four more years to overcome and even return to amateur DJing. In the throes of insomnia, my sleep issues were the hardest thing I had ever experienced. For decades, I had either trouble falling asleep or sleeping through with severe impact on my daytime functioning. It happened several times a week, consistently. Had I known what I know now, I would have gotten out of it much faster.
This is the sneak peek of the book I would have needed for decades. It’s in the making. Also, it’s for those who feel they are transitioning into a pattern of sleeplessness.
10% of people seem to be fitting the diagnostic criteria of insomnia, and the transient variety appears to be at 30%. That’s millions of people who are trying to lead a normal life despite counting the proverbial cracks in the ceiling at night. And yet, we seem to live in paradoxical times. Thousands of well-intended articles are published about sleep hacks, one-for-all cures, and gadgets. Those articles, devices, pieces of technology, apps, and aids can be efficient, very much so. But for those in the advanced stages of sleeplessness, we can do better. However, knowing the what and the why first before choosing the right approach and tools is crucial, and that level of information is hard to come by. There is much to learn about sleep from a scientific point of view, but we can start looking at the sleepless based on what we do know. With respect to sleeplessness and what plays into it, we know more than meets the eye. Well, here we go. Let’s explore that.
In my case, insomnia had me ending up in psychiatric facilities twice. Ambulatory treatment, but still. Hoping for a diagnosis to shake off my severe sleep issues, I tried to fit the criteria of either bipolar disease or depression to get it over with. Neither of them panned out, and the list of my ailments was so much longer. Back in 2010, when I felt I was about to break, there was a moment when I vowed to get to the bottom of insomnia if I ever got out of it. Unbeknownst to me, that’s when YNA was born. It would take until Christmas 2014 to overcome insomnia. Despite what I knew back then it felt like I had tumbled out of it.
Now, it was one thing to remember that promise I made to myself and another to see this through. My curiosity is well-known amongst former teachers, therapists and an endless list of people and it probably drove them nuts. Why? Because very few people can withstand endless questions about the why of anything when I start digging in. It’s exactly the kind of mindset to take on an endeavour like this movement. I knew it would be hard to get to the bottom of insomnia that way. For you, the sleepless, this preview is part of what I envision. I want substance and depth where necessary, and a structured approach. Also, I want to make things easier for you by presenting you with what we do know. Right now, helping you and your medical professionals navigate the medical system is paramount. Back then, after I just had seemingly tumbled out of insomnia, it felt like being at a crossroads. Having a full career in IT was a factor. To follow through, I had to face a myriad of additional concerns. My never-ceasing respect for healthcare professionals and healthcare systems didn’t help. The additional amount of medical research to scour through seemed insurmountable. The thought of turning my life upside down was somewhat frightening, and deciding on becoming a book author – don’t get me started. After procrastinating for a while, the following happened. Within a week or two, clients confirmed how much I had helped and that their healthcare professionals were following up on what my research had unearthed… So, I broke up with my life as I knew it. In a matter of weeks, I gave up my apartment, reduced my belongings to a minimum, quit my job in IT and found a pay-the-bills engagement. Conversations with clients, qualitative research and findings from the medical society have led to the following conclusions:
→ Many of you sweep sleep issues under the rug
→ For the sleepless, trial and error approaches and sleeping pills seem to be standard practice
→ Chronic insomnia and its precursor need an interdisciplinary approach
→ Your healthcare professional needs you more than you might assume right now to navigate the medical system because you know your case best
→ We require more a balanced and well-informed view on sleep in the media
It’s so obvious now that we need to prescreen patients, get an agreement with GPs on an approach in place and assign the right specialists where necessary. Sometimes, it’s as simple as adjusting nutrition to stop the sweating, tossing and turning at night or waking up some ungodly hour. The gist of it is that the questionnaire herein provided is what I would have wished for. This preview is part of what’s happening.Read more
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