Picture this scenario. It’s a regular work day, and Katharine is up at 5 a.m., as usual, to take her teenage daughter to swim practice before school. But before she leaves, she has to prepare the daily medications for her elderly parents, who live with her. During the day, Katharine has to log an extra-long lunch in order to take her father to his weekly dialysis appointment. Then, after work, it’s grocery shopping, then her son’s hockey game. She rarely gets home before 8 p.m., and even more rarely has time for herself.
Katharine is a member of what is called the “sandwich generation,” a group of people who are caring for both their aging parents and their own children at the same time. According to Statistics Canada, in 2002 about 2.6 million people between 45 and 64 had children under the age of 25 living with them. Of these, 27% also performed some kind of elder care. These 702,000 individuals make up the sandwich generation, and it comes with its own particular set of problems. Those in the sandwich generation are more likely to take on shift work to assist with scheduling, more likely to report feeling stressed, and more likely to have irregular sleep patterns.
Life is often demanding, overwhelming, and just plain frustrating, which is why it’s important to take care of yourself. And a Made in Canada weighted blanket from Hippo Hug is a great way to help facilitate that. Proper rest is incredibly important for mental and physical well-being, says ScienceDaily.com’s article, “Proper sleep a key contributor to health, well-being.” When we sleep, the body uses that time to produce essential hormones that repair our cells and fight off illness. When we are sleep-deprived, we are irritable, make more bad decisions, more prone to depression, and generally just do not perform as well at life. In addition, we are more susceptible to health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and myriad other difficulties.
Wrap Yourself in a Weighted Blanket
A Hippo Hug weighted blanket can help you stave off the effects of being squeezed on both sides. Members of the sandwich generation such as Katharine not only have to deal with extremely busy days trying meet numerous demands from their children, their workplace, their parents, and their partners, they also suffer guilt and regret when they see themselves as “failing” to be everything to everyone all the time.
A weighted blanket works by applying what is known as deep pressure touch stimulation, the benefits of which were first noticed by Temple Grandin, PhD. Grandin invented for herself what she called a “squeeze machine,” which simulated the feel of a hug and helped to calm and soothe her in times of distress.
Since then studies have shown that the constant, even, gentle pressure provided by a weighted blanket definitively provides both physical and psychological benefits. Their comforting weight encourages the production of serotonin, which assists in decreasing heart rates and reducing blood pressure. There is also evidence a weighted blanket may increase the production of melatonin, which is known to promote a good night’s sleep.
How a Weighted Blanket Helps With Stress and Insomnia
The most common difficulties people of the sandwich generation report are stress and an inability to sleep. Here is how a weighted blanket can help with both.
Stress: A weighted blanket can assist with de-stressing by enabling relaxation and helping to deter unwelcome, stress-inducing thoughts. The stress response is also known as “fight-or-flight,” which can be combatted by the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system by the deep pressure touch stimulation weighted blankets provide. This explainer video can tell you more. A weighted blanket can act like a deep breath, helping your body and mind slow down to tackle the stress inducers.
Irregular Sleep and/or Insomnia: Irregular Sleep and/or Insomnia: Sleep medications have their place in getting you back on track, but a weighted blanket can help you get you zzzzzzz’s in a safe, non-medicinal manner or work with your medication routine for the best sleep for your unique needs. The sensory input provided by a weighted blanket slows the physiological effects of wakefulness, which is particularly helpful for those with insomnia. They assist with keeping people still, improving the overall quality of sleep by reducing the number of times a person is woken up by their own movements.
Your Weighted Blanket is Yours … All Yours
Sometimes all we need is to feel that we have something extra special in our life that we can rely on, and your weighted blanket can be exactly that. Our in-house experts can work with you from start to finish to ensure your blanket is customized perfectly for your tastes and needs, beginning with the ideal size and weight for your height and body build. Do you prefer more weight on your legs than your upper body? We can adjust our proprietary weighting system accordingly. Do you happen to sleep hot? We can suggest the right fabrics plus a few other tricks to help you cool down at night. But don’t just take it from us. Read our testimonials to see what people are really saying about their Hippo Hug weighted blanket. Our first priority if your needs so that we can match you with the perfect Made in Canada weighted blanket, our blankets have helped thousands of people across Canada and we are committed to ensuring you find the right solution for your unique needs.
We are proud to offer our exclusive “Try Before You Buy” blanket program to our local Calgary shoppers before you make the commitment of a purchase. And remember, when you purchase a weighted blanket from Hippo Hug, you are supporting Canadian-made products.