A recent study revealed that consistently getting a good night’s sleep has even more benefits than previously thought: not sleeping enough can cause plaque to build up not just in the arteries of your heart but throughout your body. We already knew that lack of sleep makes people grouchy, forgetful and have trouble staying focused. And not getting enough sleep has also been linked to physical health issues like obesity and high blood pressure. This latest news reinforces the importance the sleep.
The risks of regularly getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night are myriad. Without enough sleep, we face an increased risk of:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Impaired immune response
Massage therapy has been shown to help with all of these. But what if you could avoid these health issues in the first place?
Sleep can be hard to come by. For some of us, there are external factors like a new baby or a job that requires late or overnight hours. Sometimes illness can prevent us sleeping properly. For others, we are under so much stress and feel like we have so much to do, that we simply can’t fall asleep. Still others are able to fall asleep, but their sleep is low quality and not restful.
That’s where massage therapy comes in. Massage has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration. This is true for all ages – even people suffering from chronic pain and illness. Massage helps patients relax mentally and physical and decreases pain that could be keeping them up at night.
If you’ve been tired more days than not, skip the extra caffeine. Schedule a massage instead. Your body and mind will thank you.