What Weighted Blankets can help with?
The benefits of Kocoono™ Blankets are numerous. Even though weighted blankets were invented to ease the anxiety of children on the autistic spectrum, they have other therapeutic purposes.
The added weight is designed to produce a calming effect when placed on the body. This is why they are also known as "calming blankets" The effect is similar to that of a person who hugs you to calm you down. And, hugs and cuddles have proven to be an effective way to reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and raise oxytocin levels.
These are the conditions Kocoono™ Blankets can help with :
- Insomnia and other sleep difficulties
- Restless leg syndrome
- Chronic Pain
Calming Blankets are not the only solution for these health conditions but they are one of the small changes that in combination with your doctors recommendations and other lifestyle changes in your life, can make a big difference and ease your symptoms.
How can Weighted Blankets help with insomnia and sleep difficulties?
Studies have shown the positive effects of Weighted Blankets on Insomnia: the sleep bout time increased, as well as a decrease in movements of the participants, during weighted blanket use. The participants found it easier to settle down to sleep, and they felt more refreshed in the morning. Overall, the participants who used the weighted blanket had a calmer night’s sleep.
Kocoono™ Weighted Blankets combined with sleep hygiene practices can help you fall asleep. The Deep Touch pressure Therapy applied by the weight of a Kocoono™ Blanket activates your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) immediately, slowing your heart rate and making you feel embraced and calm.
Calming blankets also can be used as a grounding technique for anxiety. Studies show that grounding may help reduce night-time levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
How Weighted Blankets can help with Anxiety?
One of the primary uses of a weighted blanket is for the treatment of anxiety.
A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts on the ectiveness of using weighted blankets concluded that 63% of the participants reported lower anxiety after use.
By providing Deep Touch Pressure Therapy, calming blankets trigger the dopamine and serotonin release (the "happy hormones" produced in the brain). These hormones provide a calming effect that helps combat anxiety.
In combination with Weighted Blankets, we recommend you follow strategies to cope with anxiety. You can have a look at some suggestions in our blog: How do I cope with anxiety? 8 tips to cope with anxiety during COVID
How Weighted Blankets can help with Restless Leg Syndrome?
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 appear frequently during sleep, causing frequent disturbances in the circadian rhythm.
Some natural ways to treat Restless Leg Syndrome include massages and relaxation techniques before bedtime.
Kocoono™ Blankets can help by acting as a massage, stimulating pressure points in the body thanks to its distributed weight, and calming the nervous system. Pressure therapy helps relieve the tension in all the muscles, making it easier to wind down before bed.
Additionally, 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.
Some people don't like the weighted pressure around certain parts of the body. With Kocoono Weighted Blanket LUXE you can add or remove weights to suit your preferences.
How can Weighted Blankets help with Fibromyalgia ?
Fibromyalgia is defined by the Oman Medical Journal as "a rheumatic condition characterized by muscular or musculoskeletal pain and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. It is also characterized by restless sleep, tiredness, fatigue, anxiety"
Studies have shown that fibromyalgia sufferers have low levels of serotonin. The study conducted by the University of Massachusetts concluded that the Deep Touch Pressure Therapy applied by calming blankets affects the nervous system by increasing serotonin and melatonin concentrations while decreasing cortisol levels. In this way, people who suffer from fibromyalgia can boost their serotonin levels with the use of weighted blankets, reducing the symptoms of pain.
Kocoono™ Blankets can ease the symptoms and reduce the pain and discomfort by releasing serotonin with the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as reducing the anxiety and sleep disorders characterized in this condition.
With Kocoono™ Weighted Blanket LUXE you can add or remove weights in certain areas of your body to suit your preferences.
How Weighted Blankets can help with Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff. It's the most common type of arthritis. Although it does not have a cure, its treatment focuses on reducing the symptoms.
The treatments and lifestyle changes for Osteoarthritis include exercise, loss of weight, adequate sleep, and cold therapy. Kocoono ™ Blankets can help with the last two.
A night of adequate sleep allows sufferers of Osteoarthritis to rest their muscles, reducing swelling and inflammation, managing the pain more effectively. The Deep Touch pressure Therapy applied by the weight of Kocoono ™ Blankets helps feel calm and fall asleep, easing the Osteoarthritis symptoms.
Kocoono Weighted Blanket LUXE can help you relieve the muscle pain and stiffness caused by Osteoarthritis with cold therapy. The Kocoono™ weighted bands can be extracted and placed in the freezer to cool down. Then, you can reinsert them back into the calming blanket and have the cold therapy you need to relieve the pain. We show you below how you can extract the Kocoono weighted bands and how to place them in the freezer.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. Often, depression coincides with insomnia and anxiety acting as a vicious cycle.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine evaluated the effectiveness of Weighted Blankets for insomnia in psychiatric disorders within an adult population during an Inpatient Mental Health Hospitalisation. The research concluded that the intervention by the weighted blanket resulted in a significantly better sleep-maintenance, a higher daytime activity level, and reduced daytime symptoms of fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
By helping to fight anxiety and improve quality sleep, Kocoono™ Blankets can help reduce the symptoms of depression. Also, the Deep Touch Pressure Therapy applied by weighted blankets may help boost serotonin which helps to boost mood and fight the negative thoughts common in Depression.
It is important to keep in mind that Depression is temporary, and every little step every day (as unimportant you might think it is) in combination with your doctors' recommendations or other health care professionals will help to escape the depression spiral.
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