Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic condition that affects hundreds of millions of people around the world, and yet, many are unaware they even have it. In the UK alone, somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 million people suffer from fibromyalgia. It is hard to pinpoint exact numbers because there is still so much we do not know about this condition, making effective treatments hard to come by.
Symptoms vary from person to person but typically include chronic pain and tenderness throughout the body, migraines, muscle stiffness and fatigue, anxiety and depression, overall exhaustion, and problems with sleep– all of which can drastically affect the person’s quality of life.
Deep Pressure Stimulation
So how exactly can a blanket affect the inner workings of the body you may ask?
The weight of the blanket is what enables deep pressure stimulation to happen in the body. By enveloping a person in a Koala blanket, the pressure of the weight causes a full-body hug, which in turn triggers a chemical reaction throughout, bringing on a sense of calm and relaxation. This pressure therapy is used throughout hospitals and clinics to treat a range of conditions.
Calms the Nervous System
By applying deep pressure stimulation on a person with fibromyalgia, the Koala blanket triggers the body to switch from sympathetic nervous system to its parasympathetic nervous system. It is the sympathetic nervous system that is activated in times of stress or danger, boosting alertness and heart rate. When this system is in control for too long, the body reacts with anxiety, exhaustion, and irritability.
By wrapping the Koala weighted blanket around you at this time, DPS triggers the body to switch from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. It is the parasympathetic nervous system that relaxes the body, lowering the heart rate, easing tension from muscles, and improving circulation.
This switch in nervous systems could effectively help those with fibromyalgia deal with their chronic symptoms, promoting the positive effects of the parasympathetic nervous system by way of a weighted blanket.
Jump Starts Neurotransmitters
The Koala blanket and deep pressure stimulation work in tandem to kickstart the production of neurotransmitters in the brain, known as the happy hormones, It is these hormones that are responsible for various functions throughout the body.
Serotonin regulates the mood, and affects sleep cycle, appetite, digestion and other physical processes. Many people with fibromyalgia have lower levels of serotonin than those not affected by the condition. These lower-than-normal hormone levels can cause anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Using a weighted blanket during daily activities, like reading or watching TV, or at night when sleeping, can boost the body’s production of serotonin and aid in the treatment of such symptoms.
Aids in Sleep Quality
Approximately 90% of people with fibromyalgia have issues sleeping at night, causing a vicious cycle of exhaustion and fatigue. By sleeping with a Koala blanket, people can increase sleep quality, and decrease restlessness and wakefulness at night.
In the evening, when the sun goes down, the body naturally begins to process serotonin into melatonin to get ready for a night of sleep. Melatonin helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, also known as our sleep-wake cycle and promotes restful sleep. Cuddling up with a Koala weighted blanket can help this transformation along, treating insomnia that those with fibromyalgia have to deal with.
De-stress to Avoid Triggering Inflammation
Stress can play a massive factor in the flare-up of symptoms. Many people with fibromyalgia reported the condition’s development and progression after a stressful event in their life; from injuries and illnesses to life-changing events like losing a loved one or having a baby.
By avoiding stressors as best as possible people can sometimes mitigate flare-ups. If stress and stressful situations are unavoidable, using a weighted blanket in those tense moments can help. The Koala blanket will use that deep pressure stimulation to ease the stress from your body and mind.
Easy to Care For
Chronic pain and exhaustion can make daily tasks and chores ten times harder to complete. The Koala blanket is easy to clean, making it an excellent therapy aid for those with fibromyalgia. The weighted blanket comes with a machine washable cover that encompasses the weighted duvet. All you have to do is pop off the cover, throw it in the wash, and it’s as good as new.