13 Major Signs That You’re Sleep Deprived

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13 Major Signs That You’re Sleep Deprived

Insomnia and sleep deprivation are nearing epidemic proportions. According to Matthew Walker, a sleep specialist at the University of California, only 8% of the population in 1942 was surviving on six hours of sleep or less. Today, almost one in every two people are. We’re the generation of “on-the-go,” and there never seems to be enough hours in the day.  We’re always jumping from one project to another, switching jobs constantly, and stimulated for most of our waking hours. We think that the busier we are, the more we’re getting done. And sadly, sleep has become associated with weakness and...

Shocking Side Effects of Sleep
Deprivation & How to Overcome Them

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Shocking Side Effects of Sleep </br>Deprivation & How to Overcome Them

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for healthy living. As you doze off, your body begins to recover from the day’s activities. Damaged cells begin to heal and your immune system starts to recover. Getting enough sleep also supports healthy brain function and fights off depression and anxiety symptoms. We’ve all experienced the side effects of sleep deprivation. You most likely had a hard time concentrating at work or school. You may have lashed out at coworkers and your production level severely decreased. A lack of sleep may have even brought on a panic attack or a nervous breakdown....

16 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep
Even Though You’re Tired

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16 Reasons Why You Can’t Sleep </br>Even Though You’re Tired

It’s almost 3 o’clock in the morning and you’re wide awake. Just the thought of waking up for work in another three hours stresses you out. You’re staring at the ceiling thinking, “Why can’t I sleep even though I’m tired?” Sound familiar? You’re not alone. The CDC estimates that 1 in every 3 Americans suffer from insomnia. Sleep is not a luxury. It gives your body fuel to keep going throughout the day. Like food and water, your body cannot survive without sleep. Sleep deprivation and insomnia can trigger anxiety and depression symptoms, which in turn worsen your insomnia. Anxiety...

Can Adults Also Benefit from Weighted Blankets?

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Can Adults Also Benefit from Weighted Blankets?

For years, occupational therapists have been using weighted blankets to help children with sensory processing disorders. Known for theircalming effect, it’s no wonder that weighted blankets have recently gone mainstream. Weighted blankets use the same effects of swaddling a baby or a hug from a loved one. They put pressure on the body’s sensory receptors, which immediately calms the mind and body. But how can something as simple as a weighted blanket have such a positive effect on our emotional wellbeing? The Science Behind Weighted BlanketsDesigned to weigh 10% of your body weight, adults weighted blankets evenly distribute weight across...

6 Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Kids

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6 Benefits of Weighted Blankets for Kids

As you sit here reading this article, your brain is analyzing input from your environment. The neighbor’s dog may be barking. Or the kids are watching TV in the other room. You may feel a breeze from the ceiling fan, or the weight of your sweater on your body. Your brain takes this sensory input and filters it by importance. However, for kids with autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder (SPD), this organization process is difficult. Why? Because their nervous system is overstimulated. Their brain is unable to determine which sensory input is more important. The overwhelming amount of unfiltered...

How an Autism Weighted Blanket Can Help
Children and Adults?

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How an Autism Weighted Blanket Can Help </br>Children and Adults?

t can be difficult to calm someone suffering from autism who is upset because he or she may not be able to communicate about what is upsetting them. However, techniques involving touch, such as Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), can often help calm and soothe a child or an adult who is on the autism spectrum. Weighted blankets simulate DTP and provide these benefits. Provide Better Sleep Some people have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep, especially if they feel restless. However, using a weighted blanket can help put users at ease by calming their nervous systems and easing their...

Affordable Weighted Blankets:
The Latest Trend to Ease Symptoms of Anxiety

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Affordable Weighted Blankets: </br>The Latest Trend to Ease Symptoms of Anxiety

Contrary to popular belief, getting a sufficient amount of sleep is just as important as maintaining a nutritious diet and staying hydrated, for the typical human spends about one-third of his or her life catching Z’s. This introductory guide explainswhat sleep is, and how you can positively affect your everyday routine by using a weighted blanket. What Is Sleep? Simply speaking, sleep has two distinct phases: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep. As you lay your head to rest, your body kicks off a three-stage cycle of non-REM sleep with intermittent periods of REM sleep scattered throughout the...

Buy weighted blankets and do away
with your old regular blankets

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Buy weighted blankets and do away</br> with your old regular blankets

Do you have trouble relaxing? Do you suffer from panic attacks? If you feel any sort of stress during the day, you may want to get rid of your old blankets. While they may be useful in warming you during the night, they do not take care of any stress-related ailments or difficulties. That is why weighted blankets for adults with anxiety are well-revered. They provide a calming influence, as they are heavier than a regular blanket. Immediately Relaxing In fact, these blankets can weigh quite a bit more than the blankets you are currently using. Health studies show that...

Weighted Blanket for Autism:
Tending to a Fragile State of Mind

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Weighted Blanket for Autism: </br>Tending to a Fragile State of Mind

The CDC now estimates that 1 in every 68 children is born with some form of autism. They may struggle with communication or repeat certain behaviors. They may get upset when there is a change in routine, or have a hard time in social situations. For the past several years, medical professionals have made great efforts to understand autism. Thanks to these efforts, we now know that autism is a spectrum disorder. This means that it affects each person differently, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. Regardless of the severity of your child’s symptoms, it is very scary hearing your...

Weighted Blankets for Kids:
Help Regulate Emotional Responses in Autism Patients

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Weighted Blankets for Kids: </br>Help Regulate Emotional Responses in Autism Patients

As an occupational therapist, I often hear parents say, “our child goes from 0-100 in a matter of minutes.” And, “his reactions never seem to match the size of his problems.” These children struggle to regulate or balance their emotions and arousal level. As an OT, I often work with kiddos who struggle with regulating their arousal level throughout the day. This problem is commonly seen in children diagnosed with autism, SPD, and ADHD. The good news is, there are things that we can do to help these kiddos overpower these struggles! One of the tools widely used in the...

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