Massage can improve and promote sleep. Much can be said about how lack of sleep negatively affects the body. Considering that the average sleep duration for adults has gone down 1.5-2 hours in the last 50 years, it is time for a sleep overhaul.
When you were younger it was admirable to pull an all-nighter. Well, with age comes wisdom, so here are the top 3 reasons why you NEED to get the best possible sleep you can, starting tonight.
Your heart needs it. European Heart Journal published a study in 2011 that followed 475,000 “short sleepers” (6 hours of sleep or less) for several years. They had a 48% increased chance of developing or dying from coronary heart disease, and a 15% risk of developing or dying from a stroke.
Your brain needs it. While you sleep, your brain works hard preparing new pathways to help you remember and learn. Lack of sleep has shown in studies to cause similar slowed reaction time to those who are intoxicated, and cause more work-related errors.
Your healthy lifestyle needs it. Did you know that when deprived of sleep, your body produces the hormone ghrelin which can send hunger signals to your brain, and suppresses the hormone leptin which lets your brain know you’re full? Because of this, those who experience lack of sleep on a regular basis have a higher risk for obesity.
Maintaining a healthy habit of regular sleep can pay off in nearly all aspects of your life. Making regular appointments with your massage therapist can be an effective way to improve sleep.