Choosing the Right Weight For You
Selecting the right weight of the blanket for RLS involves considering your body weight. According to Sleep Foundation, a blanket weighing about 10% of your body weight is recommended . For instance, a 150-pound individual might find relief with a 15-pound blanket. However, this can vary based on personal preferences and comfort.
Weighted Blanket and Other Strategies
Combining the use of a weighted blanket with other lifestyle changes or natural solutions can effectively manage RLS symptoms:
Avoid Stimulants: Limiting caffeine and other stimulants, especially in the evening, can help as they may exacerbate RLS symptoms.
Gentle Exercise: Incorporating regular, gentle exercises like walking, relaxation techniques, or yoga can improve RLS symptoms and promote better sleep.
Relaxing Bedtime Ritual: Creating a calming routine before bed, including activities like reading or taking a warm bath, can help signal your body it's time to rest. Here's one for the summer!
Living with RLS can be challenging, but a weighted blanket, alongside other natural ways to manage symptoms, can bring significant relief. It's important to note that RLS can sometimes be a symptom of other health conditions, such as chronic pain, kidney failure, or certain disorders involving nerve cells, so consulting a healthcare provider is crucial.
At Royal Therapy, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep and the role weighted blankets play in achieving this, especially for those experiencing RLS for the first time or pregnant women seeking relief, but it is always best to consult the experts (medical professionals) first before using it.
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