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Sleep Awareness Month

Sleep Awareness Month

One of the best things in life is a good night's sleep. Getting in 7-9 hours of good sleep every night is the recommended amount for adults, and accomplishing this usually leaves one feeling rejuvenated and ready for a new day. However, struggling to fall asleep is a frequent and common problem, as well as staying asleep, not being able to sleep long enough, and falling back asleep. These problems can be very frustrating if they are something you have to constantly deal with. The good new is that you're not alone if you struggle with insomnia; 30% of adults do, and almost 10% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia, which is poor sleep almost every night compared to occasionally poor sleep.

The solution? There are many. Changes that are herbal, medicinal, and nutritional can all help improve sleep quality. For example, applying a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow, eating more magnesium and consuming less caffeine, trying an herbal tea before bed, or taking a melatonin pill are all common suggested ways to reduce insomnia.

However, if none of these seem to be working for you, it might be time to look at the root of the problem and try curing your insomnia from the outside-in. One of the most important chemicals in the brain is serotonin, which is released during massage therapy and which normal levels can promote balanced and full sleep patterns. When serotonin levels are off, it is difficult to have a good night's sleep, as well as other side effects. Not only do massages release serotonin, but they promote relaxation which is essential for a good nights sleep. Additionally, massages reduce pain, stress, and anxiety which is another essential factor in reducing insomnia.

As March comes to a close, being aware of your sleep and if you are struggling to sleep or stay asleep should not become less of a priority. Try a massage and inform your therapist of any sleeping problems you may be experiencing to embark on a better sleep journey.

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