Weighted Blankets vs Sleep Inducing Prescription Drugs

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Getting a quality night's sleep is essential to having a healthy, energetic, and productive day. Many people struggle to get a good night's sleep due to stress, anxiety, insomnia, RLS, and much more. There are many sleep aids on the market today that may help you get an improved night's sleep.
Some involve using all-natural methods such as meditation, breathing exercises, or using a weighted blanket. Other methods may involve using melatonin, over the counter sleep medications or prescription drugs. However, buyer beware, there are many known side effects to using prescription drugs vs alternative natural methods.

 

Common side effects of prescription sleeping pills may include:


• Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs.
• Changes in appetite.
• Constipation.
• Diarrhea.
• Difficulty keeping balance.
• Dizziness.
• Daytime drowsiness.
• Dry mouth or throat.
• Gas
• Headache
• Heartburn
• Impairment the next day
• Mental slowing or problems with attention or memory
• Stomach pain or tenderness
• Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
• Unusual dreams
• Weakness
Benefits of using a weighted blanket:
• Perfect for those looking for a natural way to help fall asleep.
• Helps you sleep if you are anxious.
• Makes you feel snug and secure like you are being hugged.
• Calms your nerves by lowering your heart rate.
• Trigger your body to release calming chemicals like serotonin and oxytocin.
• Help people who are overstimulated by the world around them.
• Research has shown that a weighted blanket helps with:
• Anxiety
• Insomnia, tossing and turning, or other sleep problems
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
• Autism spectrum disorder
• Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
• One study found that college students who slept under weighted blankets for one semester had lower anxiety and better-quality sleep. 
• People who had dental treatments with a weighted blanket placed over them said the pressure reduced their anxiety.
• Creates deep pressure stimulation that feels like a firm hug, massage, or swaddling -- has been researched and found to help adults and kids who have anxiety, autism, and attention difficulties, experts say.
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