Weighted Blanket for Excessive Agitation
Imagine you’re a college student again. Think about the looming deadlines, the endless exams, the pressure to belong to your peer group, the constant reminders from your parents to get good grades or your life will be in shambles.
How do you feel? Stressed? Worried? Agitated?
Now, imagine feeling this agitation on a regular basis and for no apparent reason.
That’s what some people have to deal with all the time. People who experience this usually don’t feel lethargic or slowed-down, and they are prone to anger. Agitation is disruptive and dangerous, and usually worsens over time.
What is Agitation?
Agitation is an unpleasant feeling of restlessness or irritation as a result of provocation, and in some cases, even without provocation. Granted, it’s perfectly normal to feel agitated from time to time, but if your reaction to stressors is It may also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
It could be a side effect of more serious mental conditions such as the following:
- Anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder
- Stress, burnout
- Hormonal imbalances, such as hypothyroidism
- Alcoholism or withdrawal
- Neurological disorders (in rare cases, brain tumors)
Make an appointment with your doctor if you feel like your agitation is no longer in the normal levels. Your negative mood swings might be the cause of a more serious health condition. Your doctor will be able to identify the underlying culprit and prescribe treatment if necessary.
Your doctor might also refer you to a mental health specialist for evaluation. More diagnostic tests will be conducted (including a sample of your blood for hormonal imbalances, urine for other abnormalities, etc.).
Relief From Agitation
There could be a multitude of reasons why you’re feeling agitated. Here are a few of them, and how they can be treated:
For agitation brought about by stress, doctors recommend exercises that involve deep breathing, such as meditation. Doing yoga will also help restore your sense of calm.
Work, school, or personal issues could be the driving force behind your stress. Try to determine the exact cause, and once you’ve done that, take measures to avoid it.
2. Mental Illness
Anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, dementia, and other neurological conditions may all push you to feel excessive agitation. Talk therapy and medication could help in these cases.
3. Hormonal imbalances
Some diseases cause chemical imbalances in the body, thus also causing you to feel more agitated than normal. Hormone replacement therapy or other medications may treat this. You could also visit a hormone specialist, known as an endocrinologist.
4. Brain tumor
Yes, your agitation can be a result of something as serious as this. If you’re diagnosed with a brain tumor, chemotherapy will be prescribed as a means to shrink it (depending on the tumor’s shape, size, and location). Removal via surgery is also an option.
Several methods may be employed when helping people with dementia reduce their agitation, including providing them with a supportive community and supervision, improving their coping skills, and giving them proper medical aid.
But non-medical procedures to help reduce agitation is generally preferred as they don’t have any adverse side effects and even help treat the root cause of agitation, not just the side-effects.
One of those non-medicinal treatments is the use of a weighted blanket. Several research studies have been conducted, and the overwhelming response is that use of weighted blanket aids in calming and significantly reduces anxiety and agitation.
Weighted Blankets And Agitation
Miran Blanket enhances our sense of comfort, making you sleep soundly even with your mind full of worries and anxious thoughts. The blanket is filled with non-toxic glass microbeads suspended in a polyester coating that give it weight. The cover is removable and machine-washable, and comes in a soft “cuddly” minky fabric.
Miran Blanket employs Deep Pressure Therapy to help release your so-called “happy hormones”: serotonin and dopamine. They are responsible for producing the chemical melatonin, which initiates sleep. Individuals who have successfully used Miran Blanket as a replacement for their usual blanket have reported that they feel more relaxed and more energetic upon waking up in the morning.
Though it may sound mundane, uninterrupted sleep is one of the most effective ways to revitalize a tired mind and help you get back on track even in the midst of immense stress.