Insomnia Treatment: Holistic Cures to Lack of a Good Night’s Sleep
January 9, 2015
Sleepless nights can take a toll on your body like no other. Lethargy, fatigue, lack of energy are a few after effects that can hit night owls. Not only that, but lack of sleep can drastically affect your mind with lack of proper judgement, inability to focus and so on. From depression and weight gain to inactivity in social life and constantly crankiness, there’s a plethora of side effects that come bundled up with insomnia. If you are a busy, stressed out or overworked person by nature, due to domestic responsibilities or work pressure, lack of sleep can wreak havoc in your life. It may look like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to sleepless nights but fortunately there are few holistic ways for Insomnia treatment discovered by facial therapists and massage therapists.
Tell your massage therapist about your lack of sleep and they will be able to customise a massage to treat the areas associated with the problem. According to a research study carried out in USA, massage is known to reduce anxiety, stress levels and pain in the human mind and body which has a direct correlation to reducing insomnia dramatically. Lack of sleep can also release certain chemicals in the body which aren’t generally great for health. Massage therapy is also known to battle that. Besides a good old Massage releases body’s natural anti-pain chemical ‘serotonin’ which is great at helping you sleep like a baby at night.
Aromatherapy massage using essential oils and ingredients like lavender are not just an old wives tales when it comes to their holistic benefits. Known to aid Insomnia treatment, aromatherapy massage works with the blood stream at infusing it with bout of relaxation and serenity which can help improve your pattern of sleep from that day onwards. Even if by a few hours, or until a few weeks. Hence it’s important to recognise how well massage therapy works as an Insomnia treatment for you personally and to indulge in it regularly to constantly improve your sleep cycle. To begin with, book your massages as close as possible to your bed time, say 6pm giving you a smaller window to fall asleep within.
A good old facial massage using hand movements such as pressing, kneading, striking and pinching (more pleasant than it sounds) can do more for your well-being than just offering skincare benefits. It can promote the free flow of energy by stimulating these acupoints. The movements send signals to the body to restore internal balance which can aid as an Insomnia treatment. Stimulating pressure points on the skull area with movements that are slow, gentle yet firm, the temple, forehead and the crown of the head are massaged in many facial treatments which can help with lack of sleep as well as facial detox, increasing blood flow and oxygen supply to the surface of the skin and scalp.
Lastly, besides trying out the holistic benefits of massage therapy as an Insomnia treatment, doing a few little things such as switching of technology 2 hours before bedtime, staying away from caffeine 6 hours before you’re off to bed and snacking at least 4 hours prior to snoozing to avoid heartburn and indigestion from disrupting sleep can collectively encourage you to nod off naturally.