How Massage Can Help Improve Sleep

When you can't get the good sleep you need, the cause often boils down to one of two reasons: stress or physical pain. Either one can make it seem impossible to relax enough to sleep at all, let alone sleep at the level needed to restore yourself.

Fortunately, there is an effective, drug-free solution. Massage therapy directly addresses the most common causes of sleeplessness and can get you sawing logs in no time. Here's how it does it:

Massage Relaxes You

Massage is naturally relaxing. It soothes your tense muscles and allows your body to take on a more natural posture. It also increases circulation and brings warmth to your skin. These changes make it much easier for you to drift off to sleep.

It Reduces Pain

Unhealthy muscle tension leads to pain both in the muscles themselves and the associated joints. The pain then causes your muscles to tense up even more. It also keeps you awake.

Massage stops this cycle by relieving the tension that causes it. It also causes your body to release endorphins, which are your natural painkillers.

This therapy is also great for getting rid of headaches. The same endorphin release that soothes your muscle and joint pain can work the same for your head.

It Improves Breathing

When you sleep well, you take slow, deep breaths. However, if you're stressed, your body tends to take sharp, shallow ones that add to your stress response. Massage therapy helps you return to the deep, slow breathing pattern you need to sleep well.

One of the biggest upsides to massage therapy is that it uses no drugs to bring about its effects. You'll never have to worry about strange side-effects, toxicity, or addiction with a good massage. Yet, you'll find that you get an even better sleep than any pill could provide.

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