Weighted Blankets for Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Allan1967, Jan 31, 2019.

    1. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Has anyone tried a weighted blanket for depression, anxiety and insomnia?

      Basically it's a blanket that's 10% of your body weight and it 'hugs' you thereby minimising fidgeting and is supposed to help you sleep better and longer, which we know some of us don't.

      I slept under a heavy shawl last night and was zonked for 9 hours. Mind you I tend to sleep better when I've taken Mirtazapine the night before.

      Anyone got one?
       
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    2. SugarMagnolia
      Jaded

      SugarMagnolia Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I've seen these advertised. I have an anxiety disorder and those blankets have no appeal to me. I wouldn't want a heavy weight pressing on me when I'm sleeping. In fact, I like the warm weather so I don't need any blanket at all. I like to be able to move freely. I think it would freak me out if something were pressing me down.
       
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    3. HeavyMantra
      Depressed

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

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      Sweden
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      01/2017. Worsened 10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphones, concerts with earplugs?
      I haven't tried one, but I've used a "spike mat" every night for 15 years. It's a mat with gentle plastic spikes that induces relaxation and sleepiness among other things.

      Tinnitus is horrible, but the second worst health issue I had was when I had constant muscle twitches in my anus after a weightlifting accident. Imagine years of that... This spike mat saved my life back then. Now the problem is finally gone but comes back from caffeine and stress
       
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    4. Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
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      2008 sound?Meds?Not sure/Dec 20 2018 meds doubled the volume
      Haven't tried Allan1967 but I'm thinking of buying one.

      How are you doing bro?
       
    5. Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

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      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
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      2008 sound?Meds?Not sure/Dec 20 2018 meds doubled the volume
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      Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Ups and downs. Clarity one minute, head up my arse the next. Thank you for asking. You?
       
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      Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Apparently the fidgeting is what makes people anxious. By being restricted slightly or cocooned it helps calm your mind. I'm getting one at some point.
       
    8. Stu1983
      Studious

      Stu1983 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Around 2008/spiked Dec 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2008 sound?Meds?Not sure/Dec 20 2018 meds doubled the volume
      I'm doing ok bro just getting use to the steam kettle sound that's in my head. Lol

      Thankfully I feel the volume has gone down a bit from my recent Effexor spike that doubled my tinnitus volume.

      Did you check out the list of meds?
       
    9. SugarMagnolia
      Jaded

      SugarMagnolia Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      If it works for you, go for it. Any treatment that helps without also harming is one I'm all for. But for me personally, restriction is anxiety-producing. I like to be able to move freely.
       
    10. coffee_girl
      Innocent

      coffee_girl Member Benefactor

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      All my life, but got worse 2016
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      Noise induced / Concert
      I wouldn't want a heavy blanket...heck no.
       
    11. Agrajag364

      Agrajag364 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I just sleep under two duvets. Feels like you’re getting a hug!
       
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    12. Audiophile_bg
      Hurting

      Audiophile_bg Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Olanzapine
      @Allan1967, good luck with the anxiety and depression. I will think of something positive to tell you, I've been dealing with depression for a year now.
       
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    13. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Ok, there ARE things worse than T.

      Human body is fragile - so many things can go so horribly wrong...
       
    14. GlennS

      GlennS Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1992
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      Loud music
      I do agree that heavy blankets have a soothing effect. Of course, having a partner is even better.
       
    15. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      Sounds horrible. I had chronic twitching in my eyes for years. I finally began to apply a mixture of DMSO and magnesium oil over my closed eyelids, and vuella, the twitching was gone in about 1-2 days--and never returned. My eyes used to get quite tired when on the computer for very long, and they just never bother me any more since my DMSO miracle .
       
    16. OnceUponaTime
      Fine

      OnceUponaTime Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      11/11
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      Allergies or Acoustic Trauma, Stress
      I have one for over 2 years now. My husband bought it for me. :puppykisses: I love it and it definitely helps to ease low levels of anxiety. It feels nice and soothing wrapped on you. They come in different weights. You have to figure which one is best for you, based on your body weight. Mine is 14 lbs. I do not sleep with it, just use it during the day while reading, crocheting or watching tv. Nice and warm also. Anything that will help me to relax at least a little bit, is a winner for me. Let me also suggest wood wick candles.

      This past Christmas I gave one to my husband. I got him a 20lb. He says it helps him to sleep :sleep: better and not twist and turn so much in bed. A winner for us.

      If you are going to buy one get a good quality one.

      Once.
       
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    17. HeavyMantra
      Depressed

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2017. Worsened 10/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Headphones, concerts with earplugs?
      Good tip, I'll try it. I take large amounts of magnesium to keep it in check currently. I also have had involontary movements of my right index finger for 15 years, but that's less bothersome
       
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