Sleep is something that we all do and all need to make it through our daily lives, but in this busy day in age most of us are not able to get the amount of sleep that we need. This has us losing energy faster throughout the day and holding tension in our bodies where it shouldn’t be. Also many people struggle with problems like insomnia, migraines, and joint and muscle stiffness or soreness leaving them unable to get their much need rest every night. When we don’t get the sleep we need we become more irritable, lose focus quicker, and it can even cause your immune system to drop. So what is a simple and all natural way to help yourself get your much needed rest? A massage of course!
In an article in Discovery Fit and Health they mention many of the benefits of massage that play a factor in helping people sleep like stress reduction, improved circulation, released tension, and even lowering heart rate and blood pressure. So not only can massage help with sleep it can help to improve some health factors as well. Massage cannot only help people fall asleep but it can also help to keep them sleeping throughout the night. This is usually in people that are waking up due to pain or tension in the body. If you are going to use massage as a sleep aid choose a massage that is going to be more soothing than rejuvenating. The long smooth strokes are more calming and soothing and help most people to calm down and relax. Another thought is that if you feel like you are losing energy during the day because of lack of sleep from the night before, stopping in for a massage in the middle of the day could be very beneficial! Not only will the massage help you get sleep that night but many times people feel that after a massage they leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
It is estimated by the Institute of Medicine; Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation that 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health. So if you are one of these millions of people suffering with sleep issues why not try a massage as a natural sleep aid, it can’t hurt and who knows, maybe you’ll get hooked on them! And it could save you time and money in the long run. I know it may seem too good to be true but massage really can help your sleep cycle! Just think, we even use it to sooth and calm a baby as they fall asleep, so why couldn’t it help you?