Weighted Blanket Eases Fibromyalgia

DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to many other disturbances including fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

People with fibromyalgia talk about waking up day after day feeling exhausted with no energy. Usually, they feel more tired in the morning, and many go back to sleep during the day to ease their fatigue. Also, it's common for people with fibromyalgia to have great difficulty concentrating during the day, a condition called "fibro fog."

Much of the symptomatic pain caused by fibromyalgia is due to lack of stage IV sleep, the deepest and most restorative type of sleep, which allows muscles to heal the damage that occurs during the day. One of the things that happens during stage IV sleep is that lactic acid is purged from the muscles. In people with fibromyalgia, stage IV sleep is interrupted, and thus this never occurs.  

Past customers' report that their DreamCatcher Weighted Blanket help stop this sleep interruption. They often state they have never slept so well and it carries out through the day.

FIBROMYALGIA Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The cause is unknown. Possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:

  • Physical or emotional trauma

  • Abnormal pain response - areas in the brain that are responsible for pain may react differently in fibromyalgia patients

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Infection, such as a virus, although none has been identified

Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.

The following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:

  • widespread pain
  • sleep disturbances or disorders
  • chronic daytime fatigue
  • morning stiffness in the joints and muscles
  • migraine headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • painful menstrual periods
  • numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • restless legs syndrome
  • temperature sensitivity
  • dizziness and balance problems
  • cognitive and memory problems
  • mood disturbance such as depression and anxiety
  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Depression
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Lyme disease
  • According to the 1996 NSF Gallup poll, more women (58%) suffer from nighttime pain than men (48%). In the 2000 NSF Sleep in America poll, one in four women reported that pain or physical discomfort interrupted their sleep three nights a week or more.

    At DreamCatcher's we have many personal testimonies from our customers on how our weighted blanket has helped alleviate the pain and sleep interruption associated with Fibromyalgia. In fact, one of our own employees whi suffers from Fibromyalgia, loves her blankets and some days can be found wearing a weighted wrapper while working on making your weighted  blanket.

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