Insomnia occurs when a person is either unable to get to sleep or unable to remain asleep. People require at least 8 hours of good sleep per night for optimum health, and chronic insomnia can lead to long-term health problems, so seeking relief is important.
Some causes of insomnia are stress, depression, anxiety, certain medications, trauma, health problems, and even inadequate sunlight during the day. In addition to or instead of medication, people who suffer from insomnia can often find relief through alternative means. Deep breathing, meditation and yoga are just a few ways people with insomnia get their sleep. Many doctors recommend massage therapy as a first step in treating insomnia, before trying medication. Many sleep medications can cause psychological and physical dependence.
A massage from Balance Therapeutic or other licensed massage therapist can:
* Help your heart work easier
* Relax your respiratory passageways so that you can breathe better
* Provide an overall calming sensation
* Calm your mind
* Loosen your tense muscles, thus reducing the amount of pressure on your joints
* Increase your body’s production of serotonin, which is something that people who suffer from insomnia don’t produce enough of
* Relieve the stress that your mind and body are feeling
Massage for insomnia will activate the part of your autonomic nervous system that helps you to relax. It will also turn off your sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the stressful feeling you may sometimes experience. When this happens your sleep patterns can improve dramatically.
Doctor Linda Sykes, founder of Meditation For Health in Toronto, is one of many doctors recommending massage and other natural practices to complement and support conventional medical care:
If you or someone you care about suffers from insomnia, consider massage as a tool to help get some sleep.