Sleep disorders like chronic sleep deprivation are more common than ever in the modern age. Massage is a great holistic remedy for improving and achieving a restful night’s sleep. Here are the top benefits…
1. Regulates sleep cycle
In today’s fast-moving world it’s not uncommon for our usual sleeping pattern to be disrupted. Massage is a great way to regulate your sleep cycle and get you back to enjoy quality rest. During a massage session your levels of serotonin are increased which are vital for the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you achieve a healthy amount of sleep. Plus, the relaxing atmosphere and stress-relieving elements of a session will also help you to fall asleep faster.
2. Improves circulation
Poor circulation can be a contributing factor to a lack of good quality sleep. The sleep process is controlled by the brain and if our brain is not receiving enough oxygen rich blood it will not function efficiently. The pressure used in a massage session will help move blood through congested areas of the body and brain, and promote better blood flow overall.
3. Lowers blood pressure
Sleep deprivation can increase your blood pressure which overtime is very dangerous to your health and can lead to other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. Massage is very effective at helping to lower your blood pressure is it reduces stress-hormone levels and increases your body’s production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine.
4. Reduces stress
Stress is often an underlying cause of sleep deprivation and it’s not unusual for everyday worries to keep you up at night. Regular massage sessions are a fantastic way to de-stress and give you a chance to enjoy time to yourself. A full body massage will lower your heart rate and decrease the levels of cortisol in your body, leaving you feeling very ‘zen’.
5. Encourage relaxation
Sleep deprivation can often be caused by our inability to relax which is hard if you lead a fast-paced and busy lifestyle – there is only so much time in the day to get things done! But not taking the time out to relax and enjoy good quality sleep can have serious long-term health effects. Massage is a great way to train your body and mind to relax. Taking a break from staring at modern day appliances or constant socialising and focusing on your general wellbeing with a regular massage will benefit your overall health and sleep pattern.
6. Soothes aches and pains
Chronic aches and pains are another common cause of sleep deprivation. A vicious cycle, pain affects your ability to sleep and the lack of sleep makes the pain worse. Massage is wonderful for soothing sensitive areas, in particular deep tissue massage, as the strokes used by the therapist increase the flow of blood and oxygen to inflamed areas, promoting healing and ultimately helping you to sleep better.
7. Stimulates the immune system
When we are asleep our immune system is working at its optimum level, producing essential antibodies and cells to help us fight and recover from illness and disease. Sleep deprivation can play havoc with our immune system as it compromises our body’s ability to heal and protect itself. Regular massage sessions can boost the immune system as it helps drain the lymphatic system, ridding the body of built-up toxins that cause us to feel poorly. When you’re healthy you’re less likely to experience disrupted sleep!