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A Weighted Blanket: Should You Try It?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Every year there seems to be a new miracle product on the market. Sometimes it's a weight loss product. Sometimes it's an energy booster of some kind. For those who keep up with the newest trends, you already know that this seems to be the year of the weighted blanket. Weighted blankets have become quite popular in a relatively small amount of time. But why? What are they for? And do they really work? If you've been considering giving these blankets a try, take a look at the info you need. 

What Is a Weighted Blanket?

A weighted blanket is exactly what it sounds like -- a really heavy blanket. They come in varying weights and are sold to those who want to improve their sleeping habits and quality of rest. Those who use them report various benefits -- some of which may surprise you.

It Can Lower Anxiety

For many people, a weighted blanket seems to lower anxiety at night. If you've noticed, anxiety often hits the worst at night. It's when we slow down and our minds go into overdrive. This can cause an influx of stress and anxiety, which then makes it impossible to sleep. The heaviness of the blanket creates a comforting feeling, which in turn lowers anxiety and improves sleep.

It Can Ease Pain 

One thing that keeps many awake at night is a pain sensation in the legs -- otherwise known as restless eggs. A weighted blanket has been shown to reduce the sensation of restless legs. The legs feel more comfortable, less irritable, and overall in better condition. And as a result, sleep is easier to find. If you suffer from restless legs, a weighted blanket may be worth a shot.

It Battles Insomnia

The overall point of a weighted blanket is to battle insomnia and improve sleep. And most who try the weighted blanket claim this is true! The weight of the blanket forms a sort of cocoon, which makes you feel safe, comfortable, and sleepy. Many find their quality and amount of sleep improve as a result of using this blanket.

If you need better sleep, there's certainly no harm in giving the weighted blanket a try. You can find them in most stores or online. Find one that works for you, and get the best sleep of your life in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Allen, Tex.

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