There are literally millions of Australians struggling every day, wondering how to get a good night sleep. Approximately one-third of Australians suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. Usually, it only lasts for a short amount of time, however, in many cases it can last for months or even years. There are various types and causes of insomnia, as well as a number of treatments available. If you’re wondering how to sleep better, you may want to consider remedial massage.
Causes of Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation
Why do some people fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow, while others toss and turn all night wishing they knew how to get better sleep? Here are some of the primary causes of insomnia:
- Lack of proper sleeping habits
- Substances including caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, amphetamines, and prescription drugs
- Stress from work, relationships, financial issues, grief, etc.
- Medical issues – especially those causing pain, hormone changes, breathing, urinary, or digestive problems
- Sleep disorders
- Mental health issues – especially anxiety and depression, among others
Effects of Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation
Besides the inability to fall asleep, waking up too early, or waking up constantly throughout the night, there are a number of problems that insomnia can cause that affect you throughout the day, including:
- Difficulty waking up or getting out of bed
- Daytime fatigue or sleepiness
- Inability to concentrate
- Forgetfulness and increased error making
- Poor judgement
- Irritable or grumpy mood
- Tension headaches
- Digestive issues
These issues can increase your chances of having accidents on the road or at work that can result in serious injuries or even death.
Treating Insomnia with Remedial Massage
Multiple studies conducted around the world have shown that massage therapy helps treat insomnia, as well as a number of insomnia inducing symptoms (source 1; source 2). Getting a regular massage may be one of the best ways to help improve your sleeping patterns.
No matter what the cause of your insomnia might be, massage may be able to help. Massages trigger a relaxation effect by slowing down your nervous system. They also can reduce stress hormones, decrease blood pressure, catalyse muscle relaxation, serotonin production and relieve pain and headaches. All of these work to decrease your anxiety and stress levels, while increasing your melatonin production.
By scheduling regular massages, you will see a number of benefits, including healthier sleep habits and better sleeping patterns.
Remedial massage has also been shown to aid in:
- Muscular pain relief & tissue repair
- Relaxation and balance
- Increasing blood flow
- Increasing joint mobility
- Injury recovery and healing
If you have any questions about remedial massage, or would like to book a massage with a specialist contact Hoys Allied Health + Wellness today on 6652 7355 or book an appointment online!