How weighted blankets can help restless legs

If you have Restless Leg Syndrome, then you will be all too familiar with the debilitating insomnia that the Syndrome causes.

Because it is literally impossible to sleep if your legs are twitching or you feel like they are pulsing with mild electric shocks. And you just can’t help but move them

Some researchers think that it’s not just the physical movement that’s keeping you awake. They have found that the people they’ve studied with Restless Leg Syndrome also have low levels of certain hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep. (Read more here.)

Sadly, there is not (yet) a cure for Restless Leg Syndrome. But there are some interventions that help, including some drugs.

Experts also recommend exercise, relaxation exercises and stretching.

And weighted blankets also seem to help – both with quieting the legs’ movement and with getting to sleep.

How can weighted blankets help people with Restless Leg Syndrome?

Weighted blankets help people who have Restless Leg Syndrome in two ways. They apply Deep Pressure Touch to your body. (Deep Pressure Touch is even, gentle pressure across your whole body. It feels like a great big hug.)

The Deep Pressure Touch:

  • Calms the leg and other body muscles to stop the legs moving;
  • Soothes the mind and help you drift off to sleep.

This is because Deep Pressure Touch works on your central nervous system.

First of all, it switches off your “fight or flight” mode or sympathetic nervous system.

(You will feel extremely tense and on edge if your sympathetic nervous system is in command for an extended period. The Deep Pressure Touch eliminates these feelings when it switches the sympathetic nervous system off.)

Secondly, Deep Pressure activates the parasympathetic nervous system. It causes all the muscles in your body to relax – including your leg muscles. It also physiologically calms the body and mind as it slows your heartbeat and rate of breathing.

This all makes you feel physically relaxed and able to sleep.

Deep Pressure Touch also causes your body to release helpful hormones and neurotransmitters

In the next stage, the parasympathetic nervous system also releases endorphins or “feel good” hormones.

It follows up with discharging neurotransmitters that help lift your mood. These include serotonin, which helps you sleep.

Lastly, it suppresses cortisol, which is also known as the “stress hormone”.

What makes Calming Moments’ weighted blankets unique?

Yes, you can buy cheap imported weighted blankets for not very much money online. But, if you are serious about getting to sleep and staying asleep, it is worth investing in a high quality item that is backed with a two-year guarantee.

  • Calming Moments’ premium quality weighted blankets are certified Australian-made.
  • We hand make each and every blanket in our factory in WA with love, care and attention to detail.
  • We source as many Australian-made inputs as we can – so you know that your weighted blanket is safe to use.
    • The Australian-manufactured micro glass beads are small so that you feel no hard edges (unlike a poly pellet). The glass beads are also silent so there is no rustling noise (which many poly pellet blankets do).
    • Our Australian-made padding helps keep the glass beads in place so that the weight is evenly distributed through the whole blanket. This helps give you consistent Deep Pressure Touch.
  • We customise each blanket to your weight to give you the optimal weighted blanket for you personally.
  • We have a wide range of coloured and printed cottons and snuggly minky fabrics.
  • All our weighted blankets are machine-washable on a cold, gentle cycle.

What our customers tell us

You don’t need to just take our word for it though. Here are some reviews from our Facebook page (you can find more here).

Calming Moments weighted blankets help restless legs

How you can get an Australian-made weighted blanket to help calm your restless legs and help you sleep

A beautiful new weighted blankets is just two mouse clicks away. Go to https://calmingmoments.com.au/shopping/ and choose the bed size and type of blanket you want. Then just follow the simple instructions to check out.

And we’ll make and ship your amazing weighted blanket to you.

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