Every woman experiences menopause, but it is rarely spoken about. An emotionally significant time, menopause marks the end of the reproductive cycle, which can be integral to how a woman identifies with herself.
There is a stigma associated with menopause, keeping women from talking about how they are feeling for fear of seeming emotional, or, even worse, hormonal. An article titled “Tackling The Menopause Taboo In The Workplace” by Joy Burnford and published on Forbes.com speaks about how the particular needs of women at this stage are largely ignored. Menopause can affect every aspect of life, but often women suffer silently, afraid to bring up a subject that is relatively taboo. As well as symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause a depressed mood and anxious feelings. Mood swings are often quite common as well.
Burford cites additional indicators of menopause as a loss of confidence, poor concentration and memory loss, tiredness, and poor sleep, all of which are caused by falling progesterone levels and inconsistent estrogen levels. These symptoms can impact a woman’s ability to contribute as fully as she used to, which leads to more feelings of low self-worth. Burnford believes the best ways to address these issues is to keep talking about them openly and to ensure women are getting the supports they need.
Weighted Blankets for Menopause Help You Get a Better Sleep
Menopause (which is when periods completely stop) begins with a stage called perimenopause, which can take several years to reach completion. Perimenopause is when periods begin to get erratic as ovaries begin to release less estrogen. The average length of perimenopause is four years, however it can last as long as ten years. It can be exhausting as the body gets used to different hormonal levels.
Perimenopause and menopause present major challenges to sleep cycles, says an article by Michael J. Breus published on PsychologyToday.com. This is compounded by the fact that women are busier than ever trying to balance work, family and life responsibilities and still take care of themselves. Many aren’t aware that along with supporting heart health, cognition, strong bones and a healthy weight, estrogen also promotes sleep by helping the body access and use serotonin properly. In fact, one of the earliest signs of menopause is insomnia or poor sleep, Breus says.
Those going through perimenopause or menopause may find weighted blankets to be helpful in achieving a longer, deeper, better sleep, which can also greatly assist with managing symptoms. Hippo Hug’s custom made weighted blankets are a non-medicinal option that can increase the ability to attain a deep sleep state and improve overall sleep quality.
Working by applying what is known as deep pressure touch stimulation, the use of a weighted blanket results in a relaxed and calm state of being. The even distribution of weight over the body discourages random movements, which are a common cause of people waking up prematurely. In addition to their physical benefits, weighted blankets also work psychologically. They encourage the production of serotonin, which is known to uplift moods. Overall, the calming effect of weighted blankets decreases heart rates and reduces blood pressure, ideal for those experiencing anxiety.
In addition, the comforting sensation weighted blankets produce may even assist with combatting the moodiness and depression often associated with perimenopause and menopause.
At a time of their lives when most women are dealing with demanding careers, and may also be caregivers to older parents who can be difficult to deal with, weighted blankets can provide much-needed comfort and security.
Choosing the Size and Weight of Your Hippo Hug Weighted Blanket
The right size and weight of your blanket depends on you and your personal preferences. A safe maximum for most individuals is 15% of their body weight. Since weight is a personal choice, however, the maximum isn’t always the same as ideal. After eight years in the weighted blanket business we have developed a special formula to calculate the ideal weight for you in accordance with the various sizes of blankets we create.
We have several pre-made blankets on hand for you to try out before making your purchase, and are always available to make a personal recommendation.
Ask Your Doctor About a Weighted Blanket
It is possible to have your weighted blanket funded through benefits or a third party. Speak to your doctor to see if you could possibly obtain a letter stating how a weighted blanket might be beneficial to you. Also ask your benefit provider is weighted blankets might be funded through your health insurance. We have experience working with various health benefit providers, and have the patience and tenacity needed to assist.
If you are interested in a weighted blanket for menopause or the many other reasons why they are helpful, please do not hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, for your additional questions, visit our FAQs page.