If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, maybe it’s time to consider Thai Bodywork to help you sleep better. A good night’s sleep is crucial to our wellbeing and our health. If you’ve ever had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, then you know that being tired can impact your entire day. You feel drowsy or irritable, your thoughts may be foggy, and you may start to notice a difference in your body as well.
The importance of sleep
Sleep is such an important part of our wellbeing. While some people need more sleep than others, getting too little sleep is associated with a host of medical issues, and a habit of poor sleep can lead to a decline in your overall health. The US Center for Disease Control has reported that a lack of sleep is associated with a host of medical issues, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
Ongoing sleep issues can really start to affect how you feel physically and emotionally, and grow into a larger health issue.
Research is starting to highlight how massage and bodywork can benefit people who are having difficulty sleeping.
Increased relaxation and reduced stress can help you sleep better
Stay with me for a little bit of science… Massage and bodywork encourage the mind and body to relax by calming the body’s autonomic nervous system. Your ‘rest and digest’ response is stimulated (this is your parasympathetic nervous system kicking in), which lowers the body’s stress response (‘fight or flight’ / sympathetic nervous system).
It is this physical response during a Thai Bodywork session that makes you feel more relaxed, and can lower your blood pressure, and reduce pain and stress. Your body also produces more serotonin during a session, which not only helps you relax, but is also naturally converted by your body into melatonin, the main sleep hormone.
Less pain and better posture can help you sleep better
Bodywork is also great for reducing pain and improving posture. You might wonder what this has to do with sleep? If you’re in pain, you can’t relax completely and it can be difficult to get comfortable. Have you ever had a good night’s sleep when you have neck pain? Every toss and turn makes your neck hurt enough to wake you up. It creates a vicious cycle – you don’t sleep well so you feel less well and feel more pain.
When your muscles are soft and relaxed, you can find a more comfortable sleeping position. This is also one of the reasons why a hot bath or shower before bed helps you sleep better.
Not sleeping well?
I know how much sleep matters. I’m a firm believer in the benefits of bodywork for sleep disturbances, sleep disorders, and reducing stress and pain.
Let’s work together to help you experience the benefits of Thai Bodywork, so you can sleep better at night and wake up feeling rested and well the next morning.