Most of us have trouble sleeping at some point in our lives. For many of us, the reasons for our restless nights are due to worry and anxiety, while for others it is pain and discomfort that keeps us awake. So how can massage help?
Massage has been shown to help you to relax
– not just during the massage, but afterwards as well. There’s a lot to be said for just laying down for an hour being pampered, but it’s more scientific than that. A massage can reduce your levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol, and increase your levels of the “happiness hormone” serotonin. At the same time, you’ll get a boost of oxytocin, which is known as the “cuddle hormone”. By reducing your levels of worry and anxiety, it will improve your quality of sleep.
Massage can reduce pain and discomfort
– and has been shown to be an effective treatment for lots of types of pain. There are the obvious muscular benefits: massage manipulates muscles, which leads to those muscles being more relaxed and flexible. It also helps with stiffness, as massage generally improves the range of motion in joints. In addition to these benefits, massage can stimulate pressure receptors under the skin that convey signals to the brain, telling the brain to reduce the level of pain. There is lots of research showing that massage can be useful in helping chronic lower back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis pain, migraine pain and more.
So if you have trouble sleeping, try having a regular massage. It can improve your ability to fall asleep, and to stay asleep!