If you’re prone to bouts of anxiety (like yours truly), insomnia is just one of many symptoms you may struggle with, and definitely one of the worst. I know from (lots and lots) of experience that not sleeping just makes the anxiety worse.
You’re stressed, so you can’t sleep, then you can’t sleep, so you’re stressed.
Stressing about not sleeping is totally my favorite thing to think about at 4 a.m.
But we are not alone, my anxious friends.
According to the Sleep Management Institute, we’re just some of nearly 30 to 50 percent of people affected by insomnia.
While there are multiple reasons people can’t sleep, the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health says about 24 to 36 percent of insomnia-sufferers likely have an anxiety disorder.
If you’ve tried relaxation tips and counting sheep (yup, me too), but nothing seems to help, perhaps it’s time to let science figure this out for us.
Enter: the Gravity Blanket, a therapeutic weighted comforter designed to reduce stress and increase relaxation through the power of deep touch stimulation — a proven anxiety treatment, according to the Gravity Blanket makers.
Here’s how it works: The blanket gently distributes deep pressure across your body, helping to relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged.