We’ve all had long periods in our lives where we lay in bed for hours trying to fall asleep and you can’t. Usually, we have obligations in the morning, forcing us to live in a constant cycle of sleep deprivation.
In the U.S., this problem is endemic. Sleep deprivation is the main cause of motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, fires, emergencies, and anything else that requires focus and attention. Sleep deprivation also weakens your immune system, increases chronic pain, invites certain diseases, and puts you at risk of major Anxiety disorders and depression. The misconception that sleep gets in the way of productivity has led American culture to despise sleep and encourage a sleep-deprived culture. After all, if one person says they sleep for 8 hours a day, and another only 5, the general assumption is that the person who sleeps only 5 hours per day is more productive.
Your health is the most important thing in the world, and getting a proper good night’s sleep should be everyone’s priority. But going to bed isn’t always as easy as flipping a switch and getting into bed and immediately falling asleep. Stress, anxiety, and other toxins can get in the way of a good night’s rest and leave you awake for hours at night. What’s the answer then? Massage therapy.
A number of toxins gather in the fascia which can cause sleep deprivation. These toxins are meant to increase anxiety, aggression, depression, pain, and discomfort. These traits all contribute to insomnia. At its core, insomnia is your body’s unwillingness to rest, and these toxins create stressors in the brain that keep it from relaxing. The best way to cure insomnia is to get rid of these toxins.
That’s where massage therapy comes in. Massage is the best way to naturally move your toxins away from the fascia through the bloodstream and out of your body.
As the toxins are forced out of the fascia and through the bloodstream, a vacuum is formed. The body recognizes the vacuum and quickly sends new blood and healing biochemicals to fill that gap. As the harmful toxins are flushed away, positive new biochemicals are rushed in.
Among those biochemicals is serotonin. The hormone that helps you sleep, it works by increasing relaxation in the body and creates that dazed, sleepy feeling you get when you want to go to sleep. If you tell your massage therapist that you need help sleeping at night, they can curate the perfect massage for you to maximize the amount of serotonin in your body and help you feel more ready to sleep at night.
And the release of toxins will add an overall sense of relaxation, calm, and peace that is so crucial for a good night’s sleep. Massage therapy is the only natural way to get results like this, so don’t be afraid to contact Medical Massage Specialties and schedule an appointment.