While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
Sometimes however, a good night’s sleep seems impossible to attain. Whether that’s because of being kept up at night worrying about financial problems, a rocky relationship, other stressful issues or maybe short-term or chronic pain, there’s nothing quite so frustrating as watching the clock knowing you’ll have to start the coming day without nearly enough sleep.
Feeling sluggish or less than energetic during the day is bad enough, but insomnia can also reduce cognitive functions while increasing depression, anxiety and problems with memory. The ‘Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’ have declared that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. “Sleep insufficiency [is] linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors.”
When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released, but that changes with any kind of massage, whether for insomnia or increased flexibility or greater relaxation. There is a release of serotonin, which is the body’s natural production of anti-pain chemicals. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep.
Not only will massage bring stress levels down, but it may also help ease pain. In fact, people with lower back pain have reported a decrease in pain and fewer sleep disturbances as a result of regular massage. This may be due to the fact that massage encourages more time spent in the deep, restorative stages of sleep, where your body hardly moves.
Other benefits of massage include improved posture, lower blood pressure, relaxed muscles, better circulation, a stronger immune system, relief of headaches and stress reduction along with being a fantastic way to finish off a stressful week. Massage forms an important part of your overall well-being rituals and routines, and you might even fall asleep during the treatment, but don’t worry we will not be offended if you do!
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