How many times have you laid awake at night, tossing and turning, because you couldn’t sleep? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, over 40 million people suffer from long-term sleep disorders, and another 20 million experience occasional sleep disorders.
A Massage Can Induce Sleep
A quality massage not only promotes sleep but can also relieve stress. When your body is overworked, tired, and full of pain, sleeping is not on the top of the list. However, when your body is relaxed, less tensed, and pain-free, the idea of sleeping is more appealing.
Massage Relaxes Your Body
When the body is relaxed it releases a chemical in your body called serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter chemical which is responsible for maintaining mood disorders, like anxiety and depression. A massage can release this chemical and, in return, cause your body to relax, rest and revitalize itself. The serotonin transport signals between the nerves, intensifying the feelings of relaxation, making your body more receptive to sleep.
Decrease Pain and Promote a Deep Rest with Massage
Any level of pain is uncomfortable and responsible for many sleepless nights. Discomforting back pain, headaches, neck pain and more can prevent you from receiving a good night’s sleep. A massage can increase sleep, decrease pain and as well as encourage the body to spend more time in a deeper sleep. Restorative sleep is the process in with something is restored, in this case, it can be your emotional or mental state of mind.
Because sleep is such an important part of our lives, your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep each day. When your body is stressed, overwhelmed or in pain, you cannot function at your full capacity. A massage can energize your body, clear your mind, and help you improve your sleep.