04 Apr Why massage therapy is essential for a good night’s sleep
When listing healthy habits, many people count exercising, eating well, drinking enough water and taking their vitamins among them.
One item often missing from that list? Sleep!
Last month was National Sleep Awareness Month. At Massago, we encourage you to pursue healthy sleep habits year-round! Good sleep is important for both your physical and mental health and should be a key part of your overall wellness routine. We’ve compiled a few ways you can improve your sleep hygiene.
What is sleep hygiene?
Practicing sleep hygiene is one of the best ways you can help promote a good night’s sleep, and it looks a little different for everyone. Create a bedroom environment and consistent bedtime routine that are conducive to sleep by following these tips:
- Stick to a sleep schedule, even on the weekend (no matter how tempting it is to stay up late or sleep in).
- Make sure your bedroom is free from distractions – that means no phones or TV right before bed! If total silence isn’t your thing, a white-noise machine can work wonders.
- Invest in quality bedding and lighting, and make sure the room temperature is just right.
Combined, all of these practices can help calm the body and mind and lead to a better night’s sleep, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
How massage can help with sleep
Did you know that regular massage therapy can help promote a quality night’s sleep and even treat stress-related insomnia?
First, massage can lead to higher levels of serotonin. Essential for good sleep, serotonin is a chemical precursor to the production of melatonin, which helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythms.
By releasing tension and stimulating the vagus nerve – a major parasympathetic nerve that tells the body to relax – a massage can also lead to a lower heart rate, relaxed muscles and lower blood pressure, all of which will help promote better sleep.
Finally, massage has been proven to trigger the release of endorphins into the bloodstream and reduce the levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
Nothing is better than waking up in the morning, feeling fully rested and recharged! By implementing consistent sleep hygiene habits and incorporating regular massage into your schedule, you’ll be well on your way to a deeper, more fulfilling sleep.
Connecting registered massage therapists with clients who want the convenience of a professional massage in their homes, Massago brings the massage to you! Search Massago today to find an RMT near you. Sleep tight!