In a world filled with uncertainty and anxiety about the future, many of us are having trouble sleeping. On average, more than 30% of adults in the U.S. occasionally suffer from insomnia. 10% experience chronic insomnia, or poor sleep most/every night for 6 months. Poor sleep can have an impact on our everyday lives, including:
- Extreme Fatigue
- Problems Concentrating
- Affect Mood & Well Being
- Low Work Performance
- Slowed Reaction Time
- Higher Risk Of Long-Term Disease
- Substance Abuse
What Causes Insomnia?
So many factors can trigger insomnia. Worry has to be at the top of the list. Going to bed with the stress of the day on the mind is sure to induce sleep loss. Sugar & caffeine late in the day and lack of exercise also contribute to insomnia. Even travel and daylight savings can through off our sleep schedules.
What Science Says
Massage immediately affects our body’s creation of serotonin. The brain converts serotonin into melatonin which influences the sleep stage of our circadian rhythms. Anne Williams, director of education, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and author of Spa Bodywork and Teaching Massage, says, “Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which the body barely moves, which reduces the neurotransmitter associated with pain.”
Furthermore, research by the American Massage Therapy Association and The National Institutes of Health has informed massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep.
What Massage Techniques Work Best?
A study conducted in January 2000 by the Touch Research Institute in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine and Iris Burman of Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage indicated massage using gliding motions on the neck and stomach, kneading of the front of thighs and oblique muscles, rubbing and gently pulling on both legs. Wisewell massage chairs that are efficient in these styles are:
A top-quality massage chair is a healthy and smart option for overcoming insomnia. Enjoy the benefits of massage at any time in the privacy of your own home.
If you are experiencing chronic insomnia always talk with your doctor or sleep disorder specialist.
Contact Wisewell to find your perfect chair today.