Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder brought on by a traumatic life-altering event. People with PTSD will likely experience flashbacks and disturbing images of the traumatic event, and experience elevated anxiety levels, depression, and mood problems.
PTSD was named a disorder after a large portion of soldiers returned home from the Vietnam War and experienced debilitating mental health symptoms from the trauma they experienced overseas. However, it’s not just soldiers and war veterans who are affected by PTSD. About 9% of the population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, making it extremely common. Women are more likely to experience PTSD than men, and about half of all rape victims will experience PTSD. Health care workers, police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and train drivers are more likely to experience PTSD. It’s common for those who suffer from PTSD to suffer from substance abuse.
Treatments usually involve therapy, and medications like SSRI’s and other antidepressants are commonly prescribed. A lot of people who have PTSD don’t seek treatment and can suffer for decades, so it’s important to speak to your doctor if suspect you or a loved one might have PTSD.
Weighted blankets have been found to help people relax during times of stress. In addition to regular treatment, a Dreamhug blanket may help PTSD sufferers calm down during periods of anxiety, and help them get to sleep faster. Weighted blankets trick the brain into thinking the body is being hugged, releasing chemicals in the body that make the person feel relaxed and even loved. A lot of our customers have reported feeling this whenever they use the Dreamhug blanket, and one study (link) found that “63% of patients reported lowered anxiety after use”. The patients in this study did not suffer from PTSD but suffered from anxiety.
In addition to treatment, a Dreamhug weighted blanket may help you feel better during times of stress. We offer a 15 sleeps free trial. So if you suffer from PTSD and you’re looking for additional relief, try one of our weighted blankets. If it doesn’t help you, we’ll issue you a refund.