Weighted Blanket for Restless Sleep
Do you have a difficulty with getting to sleep or staying asleep during night time? Are you irritable during the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating with work or school? Do you always need to drink coffee and other caffeinated beverages to keep yourself going? Are you always being told that you look tired? If you answered yes to all those questions, you may be experiencing restless sleep or have a sleep disorder.
It’s normal to occasionally experience restlessness and difficulties sleeping, but to experience these regularly can affect a person’s quality of life. You end up sleeping badly at night and wake up feeling exhausted in the morning. This can be draining and can take a toll on your mood, energy, and efficiency.
Anyone can have restless sleep, from babies to the elderly and approximately 80 million Americans suffer from a sleeping disorder. Restless sleep can be a symptom of insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy among many others. Though it’s a common problem, there are several ways to treat restless sleep.
What can be the causes for Restless Sleep?
There are many causes why it’s getting difficult for you to sleep at night and it’s important to know these reasons for you to be able to address them. Here are some of the probable causes of restless sleep:
- Environmental disturbances. Something as simple as light entering the room, having noisy surrounding areas, or just having a bedroom that’s too hot or too cold can affect sleep.
- Medication. Some medications have side effects that can affect sleep. These side effects can be mild to severe and can even cause insomnia. Drug abuse and taking of illegal drugs can create feelings of restlessness and high energy for days,
- Caffeinated Beverages. Coffee, tea, and soda can be the culprits for why you aren’t getting any sleep. Having caffeinated beverages hours before bedtime can keep you up at night.
- Medical Conditions. Having a chronic disorder which causes pain such as diabetic neuropathy or fibromyalgia can disturb a person’s sleeping pattern.
- Stress. High levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the underlying causes for not getting enough sleep. It becomes a cycle of fatigue and restlessness which makes it difficult for a person to cope with daily activities and problems.
- Sedentary lifestyle. A person who isn’t doing enough physical activity during the daytime may have extra energy that makes them restless at night.
- Frequent schedule changes. Having a job that changes shifts very often can be a factor why it is difficult to adjust to a proper sleep pattern.
- Jetlag. Traveling to a different timezone can be quite taxing on the mind and body and can affect circadian rhythms. This can cause daytime sleepiness, fatigue, headaches, stomach problems and insomnia.
- Alcohol. Though consumption of alcohol does help people quicker, it reduces rapid eye movement or REM sleep. This prevents you from getting a good night’s rest.
What are the symptoms of restless sleep?
There are various symptoms for restless sleep but these are some of the few you may commonly experience. Symptoms may vary from person to person and can happen to just about anyone. The symptoms include but are not limited to the following:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Mood swings
- Lack of focus
- Problems with memory
- Difficulty falling asleep at night
- Anxiety and depression
- Falling asleep late and getting up too early
- Not being able to fall back to sleep after waking up
What are some of the complications of restless sleep?
When you have restless sleep and don’t seek treatment for it or for any underlying sleeping disorder, some health complications may arise from it. These complications can affect daily life and can be debilitating depending of the severity of the condition. Some of the complications that may result from having chronic sleeping problems and having restless sleep include high-blood pressure, heart disease and mental disorders such as depression and substance abuse.
What can be done to address restless sleep?
It’s important to note that if you have an underlying condition, it’s recommended to treat it first to see if symptoms go away. If not, then other methods can be applied simultaneously to treat restless sleep. Even something as easy as changing your sleep habits can make a difference to reduce symptoms. Here are some of the ways you can treat restless sleep:
- Medication. Doctors can prescribe sleeping pills to aid in falling asleep easier or staying asleep longer. Tests can be done to monitor your sleeping pattern to find the right prescription for you. Some doctors even suggest antidepressants with sedating effects to address depressive symptoms while treating restless sleep.
- Conducive Sleeping Environment. Make sure that the bedroom or wherever you’re sleeping is an environment that promotes sleep. Lights should be dimmed, noise should be minimized or eliminated, and temperature should be adjusted.
- Bedtime Routine. Hours before bedtime, try relaxing exercises or take a nightly shower. Establishing habits can get your body ready for bed. Have a strict rule of not having any gadgets near you when you’re about to sleep. Make sure you also do not work while you’re in the bedroom as this conditions the mind to be stressed.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Taking caffeine or alcohol before bed should be avoided. As much as possible, if you really need to have your daily dose of coffee or wine, keep it at a minimum and at the right time - preferably not hours before bed.
- Exercise. Engaging in physical activity can improve overall health and will let you expend extra energy. This makes your body need the rest and make it easier for you to fall asleep.
How does Miran Blanket help people who are suffering from restless sleep?
Miran Blanket is a weighted blanket designed with glass microbeads coated in polyester coating to provide deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) which is a therapy that can help induce feelings of calm and relaxation.
With the added weight, Miran Blanket can reduce movement and tricks the mind to feel secure and safe. It’s a cost-effective and non-intrusive way to ease feelings of restlessness for a deeper and more peaceful sleep.