What causes poor sleep quality?
Insomnia regularly affects one in every three people in the UK. Struggling to get your brain to ‘switch off’ on a night is due to a racing mind caused by stress. Stress is one of the most common causes of sleep disorders. A vicious cycle of stressing over not being able to fall asleep can keep you awake for longer. It’s important to relax, unwind and stay calm before bedtime to have a better chance of achieving a good night’s sleep.
How much sleep do we really need?
Adults need at least 7-9 hours sleep every night for optimal health and wellbeing. The effects of not getting enough sleep include:
- Irritability & depression
- Errors and accidents during the day
- High blood pressure
- Lowered performance & memory
- Weight gain
Poor sleep comes with a long list of side effects and sleep is also vital to help the body to repair and grow. Sleep impacts our bodies muscle repair, protein synthesis, tissue growth and hormone release. Therefore, sleep disorders are linked to an increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
How does a massage help?
Massage can help to break a poor sleep cycle by increasing melatonin production in the body. Serotonin goes collectively with producing melatonin which is why both chemicals are released in the body during a massage. Serotonin is responsible for the feel-good hormones in the body and melatonin controls the bodies sleep cycles. A massage can have you feeling calm, relaxed, and sleepy – all vital attributes for a fantastic night’s sleep.
Which massage is the best?
A Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage or Indian Head Massage can all increase melatonin production and decrease your stress levels. Each treatment can be tailored to suit your individual needs and requirements. The calm and relaxing environment of our Olive Massage Leeds & Wakefield sites are the perfect place to be to prepare for a tranquil evening. Alongside a relaxing massage there are other ways to de-stress including aromatherapy, soothing relaxation music and herbal teas. After your massage treatment you can carry on the health spa experience at home with a nice warm bath, chamomile tea and lavender pillow spray.
Once Olive Massage has put you in a state of deep relaxation, the best thing you can do is to carry on the de-stress self-care at home. This means avoiding mobile phone usage, mental stimulation, exercise, and caffeine before bed.
If you’re interested in any of our treatments, you can visit us in Leeds or Wakefield or fill out a contact form online today. Don’t forget to share our blog and follow us on social media.