Lack of Sleep May Cause Health Issues: Massage can Help

Posted on January 31st, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

According to the CDC 4 percent of Americans – or nine million residents – use sleeping pills or sedatives to help them sleep. Humans are the only species that deprives itself of sleep according to Alan Derickson, a professor of labor and employment relations and history at Penn State. Lack of sleep is associated with a huge spectrum of health issues including cardiovascular health, obesity, anxiety and depression. Officials at the CDC recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly; however at least one third of adults sleep less than 7.

If you suffer from insomnia, be sure to tell your Massage Therapist. Your session can be modified to address that problem. Research has shown that regular massage therapy not only reduces pain and anxiety but also increases relaxation, which can help restore your sleep pattern. There is a release of serotonin, which is the body’s natural production of anti-pain chemicals. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep. “When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released,” explains Dr. Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

The CDC also considers lack of sleep a public health epidemic. I can certainly attest to that because many of my clients main complaint besides muscular discomfort is insomnia in various forms. They share with me that either they can’t sleep or can’t stay asleep.

Give massage therapy a try. Your body and mind will the grateful you did.

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