Weighted blanket for insomnia. Anybody try this?

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  1. mefgames

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    Thank you mefgames, now I know. But is it only available in the States that has decriminalized
    Cannabis, if so I doubt if its available in Australia. Thanks once again mate.. Al
     
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    Somebody finally mentioned reading.
     
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    FWIW Walmart sells these. I dug through the backroom for one of the Sharper Image brand ones for some lady because her young son wanted to try it. I didn't see them again, but the same one was in a claims cart the next day, so apparently it didn't work in a way worth the $90.
    But like I said, didn't know the situation.

    There are different strands of Kratom that are used to treat stress, pain, and opiate withdrawal symptoms, and while clinical tests only yield good quantitative proof for the latter 2 treatments, the only true side effect is constipation if you consume lots.
    But, it's currently very demonized in several states. Like, the FDA would cite deaths caused by it, then you read someone took a GSW to the chest, but had Kratom drink a day before or something. Crazy.

    The biggest thing is that your current issue is very unique to you, and its impacting you in a way you shouldn't have to ignore, so try whatever you can that is practical and within your means. Not entering REM sleep for prolonged amounts of time can burn you out quick, the only wrong answer is giving up.
     
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    Wear earplugs and a sleep mask. Bought a new, good mattress about the time this all started. I’ve always had trouble sleeping. Since I was a kid. But this has been off the charts bad. At least it feels like it is. And without going into details, there have been some indications that yeah, this is bad.
    But the truth is I don’t really know how much sleep I’m actually getting. At my sleep test I guessed 10 minutes off, but that’s one night. All I can say is I feel like crap, exhausted, but I never really feel tired, like if I were to lie down I would fall asleep.
    I do know before things went kaboom, and my dog was still alive and I walked him an hour or two every day I slept fine. So getting back to being consistently active would probably do me as much good as anything. On any number of levels.
    But if one of these blankets would help too? I’m willing to give it a shot.
    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    Everybody is different so - I don't expect my advice to be a cure all or magic bullet.

    I've had insomnia since my teens, which makes for 30 plus years of it. I can, hypothetically, go days without sleep.

    The thing that did the trick for me, is the anti depressant "Elavil" (generic name - amitryptiline) in a low dose, 10-20 mg per night. It's an SSRI.
    No dopey or groggy effects, wake each day around the same time, feeling essentially "okay".
    My general practioner doc was able to prescribe.
     
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    For the record my sleep aids are antidepressants with sedative properties. And I don’t think they doing much as antidepressants. They might’ve when I first started taking them but now? So there’s more than just insomnia going on.

    So, yeah, time for other approaches. The drugs aren’t working, as they say.

    I’m willing to pony up for a blanket. A couple hundred bucks is fine.If it works . Some of them offer money back guarantees. I’m used to just a sheet and a very light blanket though. I’m worried about getting too hot. I don’t have a/c. Won’t be a problem for a couple months but it does get hot and humid in the summer months here.

    The science seems to be that this is like being hugged, releases serotonin, lessens stress. I saw one that referred to insulin,levels but forget the pitch.

    Anyhow, any other experiences, good or bad, I’d like to hear.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    I had the 'switch flip' for me about 6 months ago....it's not fun. I totally relate to your description. In my case it was an emotional event as well. I'm taking a very potent herbal sleep aid that is currently the rage....because it actually works!! I see you're in T.O so it's available for you to try and I'd recommend giving it a whirl. It's called U Dream...made in Vancouver.....you can find it at health food stores and also some Shopper's carry it in T.O. Fantastic stuff. Unfortunately I can't fall asleep without using it and you're not supposed to take it for more than 3 weeks in a row.....I've been using it every night for about 5 months.


    Of course any kind of sleep aid is not a 'real' solution. Ultimately, I would say in your case you will need to deal with the emotional cause of your insomnia otherwise you will probably just be chasing different solutions around that probably won't work at all or not for long.....that's my sense of things for myself as well.

    I haven't tried the weighted blanket....I thought about it but I'm claustrophobic and I think there's a good chance I'd be very uncomfortable with it....but it does seem to work for lots of people.

    Good luck!!
     
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    I have been using the weighted blankets approach my entire 50 years on this planet. Ever since I was a child I slept under a heavy quilt made by Grandmother that is very heavy. It doesn't help me fall asleep faster, but it does allow me to sleep better without tossing and turning. That is the gain of the weighted blanket....a restful, deeper sleep.

    As for the insomnia, that is a different matter and as I write this it is 1:37 am so I have been awake now for close to 20 hours instead of going to bed. My mind doesn't shut down easily unless I do the Russian trick. What is the trick? It sounds weird, but trust me in that it will work better than any herb or medication ever could.

    What you do is cut 2 ping-pong balls in half, throw away the half with markings on it. Now lay down on the floor beneath an over-head light. Cover both eyes each with one of those cut-in-half ping pong balls like a mask. Now look straight up at the ceiling light fixture. In about 15 seconds your mind will start to go blank. At a minute, you might start seeing rainbow colors or you might even fall asleep by then. Studies indicate that a 10 minute session is as relaxing to the body as a 4 hour nap. I used this technique a lot during my marathon competition days to control anxiety before a race start...it really does work!

    I think I am just going to hit the rack now the traditional way, but give the ping-pong trick a try.
     
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    Well, here I am up reading at 02:00.....

    I’ve been battling shingles for a little over 3 years now. Miserable stuff for sure. It’s brought on other problems as well, one being insomnia. Like was mentioned above, I’ve literally gone days without sleep. I’ve been to all kinds of specialists, universities, anywhere someone might be able to help. No telling how much blood has been drawn and how many biopsy’s done. My general doctor decided to check my testosterone.
    It was low. Extremely low. I’ve started taking injections now, and the insomnia is going away. It actually helped within 48 hours of the first dose. I highly recommend anyone to have that checked. It’s amazing how much it affects our daily life!
     
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    Half a dropper?! Any side effects?

    The recommended use listed on mine is 1-2 drops.

    I've used a version of a weighted blanket. It feels good in the "winter" but can't be maintained in the summer here. I also recommend blacking out the room. Zero stimulation from light helps me a lot.
     
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    Interesting, I didn’t know about weighted blankets for insomnia. Part of my work is with people with autism and I have a chap who has weighted blankets and a weighted jacket. I don’t really know the theory but he used to need people sitting on him to calm him down but now just puts on a jacket. Amazing stuff.
     
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    The instructions on the bottle I purchased at the Dartmouth Co-op are one dropper by mouth. I find that one half usually does the job. I’ve noticed no side effects except for a very slight numbing of my lower lip that passes in about five minutes.
     
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    Oh man, insomnia is terrible, so sorry for you brother.

    I'd say the blanket worth a try? I personally can't stand anything heavy across my feet at night though.

    Studies have shown lack of sleep itself can cause overeating and weight gain and other issues.

    I'll echo the advice about staying away from screens, and junk food. And if possible take up a moderate exercise regime. Exhaust yourself. Even a little exercise is helpful if that's all you have time for. Good luck with it.
     
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    I was on Zoloft once and I never slept right on it. I think doctors are too quick with anti depressants.
     
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    When I'm not playing guitar I actually run a mattress and bedding company.

    The weighted blankets are interesting and almost seem to trigger memories from being swaddled as an infant. Some people love them, for many it's a fad that disappears quickly.

    Insomnia is hard. I can say that insurance often covers care by a sleep specialist. It's often changes during the day and the hours before sleep that make the most difference and the good Sleep docs have a pretty good success rate.

    A quick rundown for your sleep environment: no phones within reach, dark dark dark, keep it cool (no memory foam!)
     
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