Insomnia or sleeplessness hits many of us. Reports suggest that "About 40% of the Canadian population is living with a sleep disorder, insomnia being the most prevalent." That’s probably why, so often, you keep staring at the ceiling every 15 minutes when you’re in bed. And then, when it’s almost morning and you get a mellow breeze of sleep from exhaustion or simply boredom, you’re awoken by your alarm clock and you have to get back to being efficiently productive throughout the day.
Importance of Sleep
The most important need of the human body is sleep. Our body needs at least 8 hours of daily sleep. During these hours, the human body utilizes the nutrition from the food intake and repairs the tissues and organs of the body. Not getting enough sleep during the night can make you fuzzy and irritable throughout the day. The rate of mental and physical functioning also dives down. Getting the required amount of deep sleep at night freshens up the system of your body and keeps you energized for the next day. Not getting enough sleep can have negative side-effects on your mental condition and can result in increased states of depression, which if worsens, may lead to schizophrenia or social anxiety. Keeping your brain and emotional synapses healthy is very important for proper functioning throughout the day.
Choosing massage for sleep
In the worst case scenarios of insomnia, you might have seen people utilize sleeping pills to get deep sleep. But sleeping pills wear away and their effects stop showing once your body has developed a resistance for the drug. Use of alcohol and tobacco is prevalent among people trying to get some sleep and release everyday stress. But alcohol and tobacco are bad for health in the long run. Studies and research on human anatomy have shown that a specialized massage is the best cure for insomnia and other sleep-related problems like muscular pain or back pain that doesn’t let you sleep.
The working process of massage therapy for sleep
Studies of neuroscience have provided enough proof to support the benefits of massage on the mental and physical state of the human body. Massage has proven to be an effective cure for physical injuries like sprains and whiplash. Massage changes the state of our nerves and calms down the pain receptors, encouraging muscle relaxation and removal of lactic acids built up in the muscles that are used more often during your day. A specialized massage therapy works with the chemical production of the body and releases the acidic properties and toxins that alleviate pain in the muscles. When you are not getting sleep, it is because chemicals like lactic acid are released by the body. A therapeutic massage helps in reverting this chemical balance and helps the release of serotonin that is the natural pain-killing enzyme secreted by our body. Massage helps in keeping the flow of serotonin through our body equalized so that the body feels fully relaxed and pain-free so you can have a deep comfortable sleep.
If you’re stressed out because of your busy working schedule and are overwhelmed by muscular pain and sleeplessness, contact our physical therapists at In-home Physical Therapy and Massage and get one step closer to fulfilling sleep.