Insomnia is the persistent difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. The problem affects millions of people around the world. In the U.S alone, 50-70 million Americans suffer from this problem. The main symptoms include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Low energy
- Poor focusing
- Emotional issues including mood disturbance and depression
- Reduced immunity
- Decreased productivity at work, home or school
Chronic insomnia can increase the risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and even cancer. Overall, studies indicate that this problem increases the risk of early death. Insomnia may not have an obvious cause but other cases are due to an underlying medical condition. With or without an underlying reason, insomnia symptoms can be reduced or even reversed through massage therapy alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
Massage therapy and insomnia
Many studies have been carried out and results have proven that massage therapy complements the natural process of sleep. This is in relation to serotonin production. Massage has been found to support the production of this neurotransmitter. Among other benefits, serotonin enhances a feel good attitude and promotes a healthy appetite, body temperature regulation, physical activity and coordination and of course it supports good sleep.
One study conducted at the Touch Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine together with the Iris Burman of Miami’s Educating Hands School of massage in the year 2000 found that massage supported an increase in serotonin production and sleep quality.
Why should all insomniacs have regular massage therapy?
The main aim is to get better sleep. However, massage has another important benefit – it is safe. Many of the sleeping pills used to combat insomnia only have temporary benefits. They also have undesirable side effects with the worst of all possibly being substance dependence.
Do you want to sleep soundly without anything or anyone that you wake up?