Imagine this: It’s a Tuesday, and you have a ton of work to catch up on, so you stay at the office until 7 p.m. to finish it. Then, your friend asks if you want to go out for dinner and drinks, so you stay out until 10 p.m. You get back home at 11 p.m. By the time you respond to your text messages and get ready for bed, it’s past midnight. You lie in bed for another hour, stressing about the work you have to do the next day and nursing the crick in your neck that you developed from being hunched over your desk at work all day. You finally fall asleep, but to your dismay, you have to force yourself awake at 5 a.m. the next morning to go to work. You gulp down a large cup of coffee to keep your eyes open, and the sleepless cycle continues through the week.
Sound familiar? When life gets busy, sleep is often the first thing we cut. Unfortunately, lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on our well-being. Studies have shown that insomnia can contribute to the development of several mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety. Not only will you feel mentally unwell, but cutting sleep could make you feel physically unwell.
Sleep deprivation can have negative effects on your immune system, and you may find yourself more susceptible to colds and the flu. Cutting down on your sleep can also contribute to high blood pressure and put you at at increased risk for heart disease. Additionally, sleep deprivation can negatively impact your memory and concentration, causing you to perform worse on that presentation or exam than you would normally.
So how can you make sure that you get a good night’s sleep and avoid some of these detrimental side effects of sleep deprivation? Research has proven that in-home massages can help. Here are just some of the ways that massages can help you catch those necessary zz’s:
- Helpful hormones. Massages release serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, which are “feel-good” hormones that can calm your nerves and help you sleep. Serotonin is also necessary for the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates and normalizes your sleep cycle.
- Curb your stress. Stress is often one of the major reasons people toss and turn in bed at night. Massages have been proven to decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and help you relax in bed. Massages have also been proven to help decrease depression and anxiety—common mental health conditions that often cause insomnia.
- Pain relief. The stress you experience during the day not only causes your mind to wander at night, but also causes your muscles to tighten up, leaving you restless and in pain all night. Massages can help relieve some of this muscle tension by targeting problem joints and relieving chronic pain induced by stress. For example, deep-tissue massages, which you can easily receive from massage chairs, target pain felt in the deepest muscle tissues, allowing you to enjoy a full, restful night of sleep.
If costly trips to the local masseuse are not an option, you can easily enjoy the benefits of a massage in the comfort of your own home, right before going to bed. Massage chairs like the Satori 3D Zero Gravity Heated Massage Chair, for example, can easily get those “feel-good” hormones flowing, help you relax, and relieve the muscle pain responsible for your sleepless nights. Vibrating scalp massagers can similarly provide headache relief and allow you to get your necessary beauty sleep.
Massages may be just the answer you’ve been looking for to help your sleep-deprived and stressful weeks.