Getting enough sleep is an important part of staying healthy both mentally and physically. However, over sixty-four million Americans report that they have difficulty getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Issues with sleep quality can range from diagnosed insomnia to stress, restless leg syndrome, or waking up frequently. Even small disturbances in sleep can have noticeable consequences like waking up exhausted, feeling irritable during the day, slower reaction times, or relying on caffeine to get through the day. A body of research is beginning to show that massage therapy can provide some relief from sleep problems.
On a physical level, massage therapy has several effects that can help improve sleep. Massage relaxes tight muscles, which improves blood flow and reduces pain so that you can get comfortable more easily when it’s time to settle into bed. Massage also triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which encourages your body to repair, restore, and relax by rebalancing hormones and lowering stress responses. On the emotional and mental level, massage stimulates the production of serotonin, a natural chemical that is linked to elevated mood and lower levels of stress. It also plays a role in the production of melatonin, which helps your body fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
If you’re one of the many people who lie awake for more than a few minutes trying to get to sleep. Whether it’s because you feel like you can’t shut off your brain, residual stress follows you back from work, or you have a hard time getting comfortable – massage therapy can help ease these discomforts and improve your overall sleep quality. Sleep is an integral part of maintaining both physical and mental health, so book an appointment with Elements Massage at Mesa Riverview in order to improve yours. 480. 582.4503