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How A Weighted Blanket Soothe My Fibro Pain, Here is My Story

How A Weighted Blanket Soothe My Fibro Pain, Here is My Story

Growing up in a drafty farmhouse, my mom would always add an extra blanket or two to my bed during winter. I remember feeling comforted by the weight of the heavy blankets as I drifted off to sleep. I didn’t know why I got this feeling under the heavy blankets at that time.  Twenty years later, I finally knew the science behind the phenomenon — it is called Deep Pressure-touch Therapy(DTP). 

What is DTP?

Deep Touch Pressure is a therapy where pressure via touch or weight is used to help someone who may be feeling stressed, anxious or overloaded. It can be applied in two ways: ● Through touch by hugging, skin brushing or squeezing ● By wearing a weighted item of clothing, such as a vest or blanket

When deep touch pressure is applied to the body, the parasympathetic nervous system takes over and releases dopamine and serotonin, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters of the brain. These hormones help with motivation, impulse control, attention, memory, social behavior, sleep, and digestion.

Deep pressure therapy has been found to be useful in the treatment of a variety of disorders where anxiety is an issue. Such disorders include developmental disorders including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Alzheimer’s. Deep pressure therapy is also useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and other common problems. This therapy can be simulated by sleeping under something heavy such as a weighted blanket.

My Story

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in last fall after several years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. After hearing my news, one close friend of mine sent me an article about Weighted Blankets and told me it could help me a lot. 

Weighted blankets are a hot sleep-friendly product came from DTP. Since I already knew the benefits of DTP, so I quickly made a decision to purchase a weighted blanket to soothe my fibro pain. However finding a good weighted blanket on internet was a bit overwhelming since there were so many to choose from. I ultimately opted for YnM weighted blanket 2.0 {15 lbs, 48”x72”, Twin Size} . In the end, that was the right choice. 

YnM Blanket 2.0 is made from super-soft, 100% cotton-fabric blankets filled with thinner than average polyfill and premium glass beads, which are evenly distributed throughout the blanket pockets. That means no bunching up of stuffing or shaking your blanket out in the morning to get it all even again. The price for the twin size blanket is only US$70, the best deal I can find on Amazon. Plus, YnM is one of Amazon Best Sellers, got 4.4 out of 5 stars with over 3000 reviews. Several customers said the difference was night and day, and they went from difficulty falling and staying asleep to being able to get to sleep quickly and stay asleep through the night.

Plus the following features,  YnM stands out among peers:● The Weighted Inner Layer Can Be Used Along Or Used With a Duvet for Easy Cleaning. Breathable Cotton Duvets, Cooling Bamboo Duvets Or Soft Warm Minky Duvets Are Available in YnM.● YnM own the ability to produce a unique 7-layer weighted blanket. Our 7-layer system is designed to comfortably surround your body and form to your shape while you sleep and the MORE glass beads & LESS fiber fill design offers better temperature control.● Come in many sizes and weight variants. Just go to YnM website and pick the most suitable one. ● 100% Customer Satisfaction is guaranteed. In 3 years, if unexpected damage happened to your YnM weighted blanket, we can provide free mending (not include shipping label).

From the moment I was under the blanket, I felt my heartbeat slow and my brain ease on the gas pedal. Imagine this: it’s a cold morning and you’re awake before your alarm. Your bed is freezing cold, except for the part where you slept, an invisible boundary of heat. You feel heavy and warm and contained. That’s what this blanket feels like, except no matter how many times you change positions, that feeling stays with you. It’s like laying under a pile of freshly dried laundry, like a hug that never gets awkward now matter how long you hold on. I was falling asleep faster with less tossing and turning to get comfortable and relaxed, also I felt less pain caused by fibro pain than before. Thanks to the incredible YnM weighted blanket!  I will absolutely be using this blanket with it regularly going forward. 

Reminder:

YnM Blanket 2.0  does not come with a duvet cover, and while you can purchase them separately, I’d just say forget it. That is a pity.  Although YnM 2.0 is completely machine washable, I strongly recommend that you purchase a duvet cover together with the blanket because it can keep the blanket quite clean, requiring only the occasional cleaning of the cover itself.