Are you having problems with the quality and / or quality of your sleep? Well, you are definitely not alone. Before starting off on curing insomnia, some important sleep related facts are that in the United States around 39% of adults sleep less than 7 hours on weeknights, 36% of people over 15 report insomnia at least occasionally, 54% of people over 55 report insomnia once a week or more and the average number of fatal crashes caused by drowsy driving each year has gone up to 1,550.
There are various causes of insomnia or sleep deprivation which include stress, fear, anger, depression, behavioral factors, life-style, personality and even certain medicines.
Can Massage Cure Insomnia?
This makes insomnia quite a dangerous and slippery issue. The question is how to cure insomnia? Can it be done without drugs? Or more specifically, can massage cure insomnia?
Insomnia can be treated by taking a weekend off, removing psychological stress, changing lifestyle etc. And many times it is treated with drugs or natural supplements. But perhaps the most brilliant and easy way without taking and drugs to cure insomnia these days is a nice relaxing and therapeutic massage.
It has been found out through research that massage increases serotonin.
This in turn increases the melatonin and helps circadian rhythms to get back into sync. It wouldn’t hurt to define each of them a little bit.
Serotonin: Serotonin is an important chemical neurotransmitter in the human body. It is commonly regarded as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance. This is often known as the “feel good” chemical of the brain.
Melatonin: Melatonin is a hormone created by the pineal gland which is a tiny gland located in the brain. Melatonin helps control the cycles throughout the night that regulate your sleep and wake patterns. There are also minimal amounts of it found in foods such as meats, grains, vegetables and fruits.
Circadian Rhythms: A circadian rhythm is the internal (approximate) 24 hour cycle in the physiological processes of living beings. Circadian rhythms are important in determining the sleeping and feeding patterns of all animals and mammals including us human beings.
It has been found out that massage helps in regulating the circadian rhythms of the body which in turn stabilize the biological clock, thus releasing serotonin which in turn triggers the melatonin hence tending to the sleeping disorders that the individual is facing.
Some of the massage therapeutic techniques that have been known to help insomniacs are as follows:
i. Swedish (Relaxation) Massage Therapy
This is one of the popular massage techniques which relax the body through kneading and stroking the muscles that are at the surface. It helps increase the blood flow towards the heart thereby improving blood circulation and relieving tension.
ii. Pregnancy (Prenatal) Massage Therapy
For pregnant ladies gentle massage strokes are needed which help in curing the lady of her cramps and relaxing her muscles. It is known that during the pregnancy period women become highly sleep deprived therefore it is better to turn towards massage rather than starting extra medications. Read more about prenatal massage.
iii. Sports Massage Therapy
Helps improve the athletic performance of through massage strokes. It is also a valuable way to recover from injuries.
iv. Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
This kind of massage therapy is quite different from the Swedish massage therapy because it reaches the inner muscles.
In short massage is a healthy and drug-free option to relax and increase the sleep. It helps release the body chemicals which in turn help induce sleep.
In addition to that, massage has been shown to have a huge effect on relieving a person of anxiety, depression and other such issues that are in one way or may be causing the insomnia.
Schedule your Relaxation Session
If you are having problems sleeping at night, a therapeutic massage from our studio could be just the cure you need to help you get a good night’s sleep and get your circadian cycle back in sync. Give us a call at 813-254-4777 to schedule your appointment in our Hyde Park, Tampa massage studio.