April 20, 2021 5 min read


What is Restless Legs Syndrome? How does it affect people in Ireland?

Restless Leg Syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system which causes the sufferers uncomfortable sensations in their legs and the impulse to move them. The painful sensations frequently appear during sleep, causing frequent disturbances in the circadian rhythm. One in ten people in Ireland is affected by a disorder that most people don't even know exists, according to The Irish Times.

Women are twice as likely to develop Restless Legs as men. It's also more common in middle age.

5 tips help to stop your RLS at night

If you wake up with RLS, try these tips to ease your symptoms to get back to sleep.

  • Massage your legs.
  • Apply a warm or cold compress to your leg muscles.
  • Get up and walk or stretch your legs
  • Soak in a warm bath and massage the legs in the bath to relax the muscles
  • Make sure to have a healthy routine before sleep and follow some relaxing techniques just before bedtime
  • Consider a weighted blanket or lap pad to stop the impulse to move the legs at night,

How can a Weighted Blanket help stop your Restless Legs at night? 

Studies have demonstrated that massage therapy can effectively reduce patients' symptoms with RLS and improve their quality of life. Kocoono Weighted Blanket utilises the power of weight to relax the nervous system and apply firm, gentle pressure to your body, acting as a massage. Its concept is based on the science-backed method called Deep Touch Pressure Therapy

We explain below in a thorough way how Kocoono Weighted Blankets can help with Restless Legs:

1. Improves your sleep quality

Getting a good night's sleep with RLS can be challenging. Weighted Blankets might not cure Restless Legs, but they have been scientifically proven to improve your sleep, which can potentially reduce the effects of RLS.

2. Calms your Nervous system

Since Restless legs syndrome is a condition of the nervous system, deep pressure stimulation provided by a Kocoono Blanket can benefit greatly.

The even and gentle pressure applied by a Kocoono Blanket touches all your pressure points and relaxes your nervous system naturally.

  • The pressure ​switches off your sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which controls "fight-or-flight" responses and stimulates your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), which leads to a "rest and digest" response.
  • The activation of the PNS slows your heart rate, making you feel calm, embraced, and reduces cortisol levels associated with stress which naturally release chemicals such as dopamine (a key chemical to control muscle movement)
  • The deep touch pressure therapy associated with weighted blankets has many benefits: It helps you have better quality and quantity of sleep and combat stress and anxiety.

 3. Relieves the tension in all the muscles

The gentle pressure applied by a Kocoono Weighted Blanket touches all your body's pressure points, which helps relax your muscles. This gentle pressure stimulation acts like a massage, making it easier to wind down before bed and preventing your legs from moving at night.

4.  Decreases the impulse to move your legs

The weight of a Kocoono ™ Blanket encourages stillness in the legs that can decrease the impulse to move them while sleeping, reducing the symptoms at night.

5. You can apply cold compression at night

Some people benefit from cold compression to ease the symptoms of restless legs. If this is you, then the LUXE version of Kocoono Weighted Blanket is the best choice for you. The weight in the Kocoono LUXE is segmented into nine inner weighed bands down the length of the blanket that is easily removable and customisable. You can remove 2 or 3 inner weighted bands of the lower area (around your legs), put them in the freezer and reinsert them back to apply cold compression to your legs. You can learn more about how to apply cold therapy with a Kocoono Blanket here 

Reviews on how Kocoono Weighted Blanket has helped people with Restless Legs Syndrome

 "I bought a 9kg Kocoono Blanket LUXE for my husband who has difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep and feeling rested after waking. This weighted blanket is a game changer. He goes to sleep quickly. Moves around less (a bonus for me) and wakes rested.It also helps with the 'Restless Legs' feeling. All in all great buy. Excellent quality materials. Excellent customer support and fast delivery. Highly recommend" -Lily. Dublin 

 I ordered the Kocoono Weighted Blanket Luxe for my aunt and she is super happy with it. She previously had difficulty getting to sleep due to her restless legs. She sleeps much better since she started using the blanket and no problem getting back to sleep leaving her feeling better and more rested overall. She would highly recommend it. Maura. Kildare

 Hardly any instances of restless legs, and sleep now restful. Very little trouble getting up without feeling stiff. So glad I bought the blanket and thank you Emer for inventing it.Henrietta. 

Kocoono Weighted Blankets for Restless Legs on RTE Radio 1 

The Kocoono Weighted Blanket has become even more popular to aid the symptoms of Restless Legs since our founder, Emer Flannery, was asked about the benefits of Kocoono Weighted Blanket for this condition on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTE Radio1
One of the listeners asked this question in live: "Can weighted blankets help with Restless Legs? I am getting no sleep at the moment! " You can listen to it below. Listen to the response that Emer Flannery gave on The Ryan Tubridy Show here👇

 

Order Your Kocoono Blanket with a 100-night money-back guarantee

There are two versions of the Kocoono™ Weighted Blanket: LUXE & BASIC. Kocoono Weighted Blanket LUXE is the most popular as it is customisable and more versatile than the Kocoono Weighted Blanket BASIC

Most of our customers with Restless Legs choose the LUXE version, as they can remove weights around the upper part of the body if they just want to focus the pressure over the legs. It also has cold therapy capabilities, which makes it perfect for those who benefit of cold compression on the legs.  

✔️ What are the Differences between our Kocoono LUXE & BASIC versions? Learn more here.

What Weight Should be your Kocoono Weighted Blanket?

The most important thing to consider when choosing your Kocoono™ Weighted Blanket is the weight. The recommended weight of the Kocoono™ is 10% of your body weight:

  • 5kg is suitable if you weigh between 50 - 70 kg (8- 11 stone)
  • 7kg is suitable if you weigh between 70- 90 kg (11 - 13 stone)
  • 9kg is suitable if you weigh 90kg+ (14 stone+ )

However this does vary based on personal preference. Some people prefer lighter/heavier

Kocoono Weighted Lappad to Alleviate Restless Legs

Similar to a Weighted Blanket but smaller and easy to carry around, the Kocoono Lappad applies pressure therapy on the user's legs. This gentle pressure helps calm the nervous system, relaxing the bodyThe Kocoono Weighted Lappad encourages stillness in the legs, decreasing the legs' impulse to move. You can use it while sitting down. If your symptoms are stronger at night while sleeping, you might also benefit from Kocoono™ Blankets. Both tools apply pressure therapy, calming the nervous system and acting as a massage.

Contact us for extra help! 

Please let us know if you have any doubts about Kocoono Weighted Blankets. We will be glad to assist you with anything you need . You can contact us through our chat or with our web form in here. You can also leave your comments below👇


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