For some, it’s a proliferation of stress. For others, it’s work or travel throwing off one’s sleep schedule. Some struggle with health conditions that leave them uncomfortable and unable to relax. Whatever the reason, you have ended up in the same place: laying in your bed wide awake and unable to sleep. Insomnia is a real problem that plagues millions, and its effects are obvious:
- Weakened immune system
- Heightened blood pressure
- Increased instances of obesity
While there are numerous methods to combat insomnia, such as changing your diet, bedtime routine, or taking over-the-counter medications, one little appreciated method of improving sleep is simply sinking into a massage chair. Here is how massage chairs can help you fight insomnia at home.
Our sleep-wake cycle is governed by a whole host of factors. Three of the biggest players are the hormones dopamine, serotonin, and cortisol. The first two promote sleep. The third, a stress hormone, promotes alertness while suppressing functions unessential to survival from immediate dangers, sleep among them. If cortisol levels are too high, such as in the case of chronic stress, sleep may suffer.
When you sit down for a massage, your stress levels are lowered, reducing the levels of cortisol in the body. At the same time, serotonin and dopamine levels increase. This helps relax the mind for a better night’s sleep.
Whole Body Relaxation
But sleep issues aren’t only hormonal. The effects of stress can target almost every body system, making it nearly impossible to fall asleep. Fortunately, massage chairs can help you fight insomnia at home by targeting many of the physical effects of stress for total relaxation. For instance, massage helps reduce our heart rate, slow down our breathing, and reduce muscle tension.
For those who experience chronic pain from a medical condition or physical labor, sleep may elude you because of your physical symptoms. And since a lack of sleep can increase inflammation and hinder your body’s ability to heal, this can become a vicious cycle. The good news is that massage doesn’t only relax muscles; it also helps reduce chronic pain in the muscles for a better night’s sleep.
Sleep is essential, and at Relaxacare, we strive to make sure you have everything you need for total body relaxation. Whether you prefer a luxury massage chair or one of our iComfort foot massagers, you can prepare yourself for a restful night’s sleep.