Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes panic attacks in the individual. People who suffer from panic disorder experience frequent panic attacks. Most panic attacks last for only 5 to 10 minutes, but some can last for hours, increasing and decreasing in intensity.
When someone is experiencing a panic attack, they will experience instense fear, sweating, palpitations, shaking and shortness of breath. Panic attacks can be very disturbing because of how real the fear is. People can be in a perfectly safe environment, yet feel a deep sense of impending doom, convinced that something bad is going to happen.
The good news is panic disorder is treatable! Cognitive behavioral therapy and medications are the conventional treatment. One half of those who undergo treatment experience lasting benefits. Cognitive behavioral therapy requires a lot of homework and time, so some people will find it too tedious and drop out of the treatment, but those who persist and work their program usually find the treatment to be very helpful. If you think you might have panic disorder, talk to your doctor. You don’t have to suffer from this condition as it is treatable.
Weighted blankets can be used as an additional tool to help calm down during panic attacks. We don’t recommend weighted blankets be used as the only treated modality for panic disorder, but in combination with your doctor's recommendations, we believe that the Dreamhug™ blanket will help you. Studies have found that weighted blankets have the most dramatic, positive effect on people who are very anxious, so people with panic disorder may find that that weighted blankets help them calm down during panic attacks.
People with panic attacks usually have a constantly aroused sympathetic nervous system, the area responsible for the fight or flight response. This will likely cause issues with sleep. People with panic disorder might find it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. The Dreamhug weighted blanket might help those with panic disorder sleep better.
Dreamhug offers a 15 sleeps guarantee, so if you find that the blanket doesn’t help you sleep better, or calm down during panic attacks, issue you a refund!