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Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    It appears insomnia is the scourge of the 21st century and I am the founder member of the 'wide awake club.
    I've tried everything from hypnosis, over the counter sleeping pills, melatonin, prescription pills (when GP will let me have them.................normally when I threaten to (metaphorically) to slit my wrists, lavender, little blue lights on the ceiling, wrist bands....................the lot!
    But I've found something that works.................a weighted blanket! This thing weighs almost a stone and literally pins me into bed so I can't wriggle and squiggle. And it's great! There's lots of them around...mine is a 'Calming Blanket'...............and they are not cheap but they work.
    Even if I wake in the night I nod off again quickly, and my pesky bladder can no longer wake me from my pinned down slumber.
    Just thought I'd share this as I know so many of us arein the same sleepless boat.
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  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

  3. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Is it not too hot?
  4. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Sounds like it’s a similar principle to baby swaddling.

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  5. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    It’s so irritating that thread titles cannot be edited.
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  6. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Glad I don't suffer from insomnia, then - I HATE heavy bedclothes, and I hate duvets. All I have on my bed at the moment is a sheet and a cover, and I sleep like a baby most nights.
  7. Lazycat

    Lazycat Senior commenter

    I heard about these blankets last week. I’m a chronic insomniac and will investigate at once. Thank you for sharing
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  8. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I read that the older one gets, the less sleep one needs.
    Saying that, my ten year old is suffering right now.
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  9. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I have suffered from insomnia since final year at uni back in the last century. These days I have to get up to pee in the night, and I often have a kip in the day. The older you are the less sleep you are supposed to need, but that is the b word for scrotum.
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  10. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    That seems to be true. But I wonder if insomnia is only really a condition if it has a negative effect - e.g. sleeping less may be irritating if one has nothing else to do, but actually what is needed is a lifestyle change to fill one’s time. On the other hand, not getting enough sleep can be debilitating and can become a real health issue.
  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Surprisingly no.
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    That's what I thought...I now realise why babies like swaddling!
    Jamvic likes this.
  13. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Thry make a child's version. The weight of the blanket is based on your own body weight.
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  14. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I had this for a year - it was mostly stress related.

    Sleep OK now I am under much less stress.
  15. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I can never sleep when I am in Seattle.
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  16. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I'm awaiting a hospital appointment to see if I have sleep aponia. I might give the blanket a go. Ta Belle!!:) :) :)
  17. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I had a whole year of night time misery - hour after hour of lying awake - listening to the radio and being unable to sleep. To make matters worse I also had panic attacks - on more than one occasion I was jolted awake from a rare sleep with a huge rising sense of panic, which took hours to come down from. After a few weeks I moved into the spare room as I was keeping my wife awake and although I tried a lot of things, nothing really worked.

    It only really ended when my personal circumstances took a turn for the better and slowly I started to be able to sleep more normally.

    This was a few years ago now - I still get the odd sleepless night but the panic attacks never returned.

    Dad has suffered from insomnia for years.
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  18. RepelloInimicum

    RepelloInimicum Lead commenter

    Mine would weigh an absolute ton then!
  19. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I can't bear heavyweight bedding so am going to have to put up with more insomnia.
  20. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    I find my two cats, one draped across my chest and one across the knees, do a pretty good job of weighting the covers down on me. If the blanket was weighted too, I’d never make it out of bed in the morning.

    I had a terrible night last night, though - worries, and when I did sleep, nightmares. In the end I got up and put some of my favourite music on.

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