Get Better Sleep with Float Therapy
Many Americans are not getting the required amount of sleep at night. If they are, there's a chance it may not be the quality sleep they need. Here's how float therapy can help you get a better quality of sleep.
Floating is an Alternative to Medication
Sleep is one of the foundations of health and wellness, but unfortunately for many, getting a good night’s rest isn’t always easy. In fact, among American adults, about a third experience at least some brief symptoms of insomnia. If you're one of the millions who struggle, the good news is that floating can help – a natural method that’s far better than turning to sleeping medications that come with the a host of side effects, including the potential for addiction. Although we would never tell anyone to stop taking their medication, float therapy can be the next step in being medication free.
For more information on Insomnia, check out this article from our friends at Sleep Advisor: 10 interesting facts about being unable to sleep,
Float Therapy Gives Your Brain a Break
Floating has been around for decades and it’s becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Many are discovering the benefits of float therapy for better sleep. It places the body into a deep state of relaxation, reducing external stimuli like sound, smell, sight and even the sense of gravity to quiet activity throughout the body, deeply relaxing both body and mind.
Here's how it works, float therapy allows for the brain to go on break. It doesn't have to waste energy on processing information, it can use it's resources for healing the body much like sleep does. Floating frequently helps train the nervous system to relax quicker which allows for a better restful sleep experience.
Floating Helps Maintain Proper Cortisol Levels
A number of studies have shown floating to promote a significant reduction in cortisol levels (a stress hormone that has wide ranging effects in the body). Maintaining a healthy level of cortisol is essential to both one’s physical and mental health – and, it’s connected to sleep. Cortisol is considered a stimulating hormone. Levels rise first thing in the morning to help make us more alert. It gradually declines as night approaches and is typically at its lowest levels when you’re supposed to be sleeping.
If you aren’t sleeping well, it can throw cortisol levels into a vicious loop. One of the ways to prevent this is to reduce your stress with float therapy. When we’re under a lot of stress, the body responds with a dramatic increase in cortisol. And, when this becomes routine, cortisol levels remain high which interferes with our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. When you experience high levels of cortisol and low levels of sleep, dangerous things can happen to your body including weight gain and illness.
Float Therapy Shuts Down Mind Chatter
Floatation therapy is a great way to mentally destress, making it easier for the brain to downshift from alpha waves to theta waves, which allow the body to transition into the delta waves needed for REM. Not only do you feel more relaxed as all that mind chatter seems to “float away” so to speak, the effects in the brain remain active after the float session, allowing you to rest better at night.
Many people meditate and one of the goals of meditation is to reduce stress inducing mind chatter.. Meditating is a great way to lower your brainwave frequency. You often hear that one of the problems with meditation comes distraction. While floating, there aren't many distractions to keep your brain from dropping into a lower brainwave frequency.
You'll also hear some refer to floating as mediation on steroids. Another way to put it is like this: Float therapy provides the perfect environment for meditation. By limiting distractions, your brain can experience true rest.
Floating Promotes an Anti-Gravity Environment
Flotation Therapy uses about 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt to induce buoyancy in the water. It's an environment where it's very hard for people to not float. This allows for people to reduce the amount of stress gravity creates on the muscles and joints. Scientist have said that much of our energy is spent on fighting off gravity.
Floating removes the effects of gravity on the body allowing the muscles to reach deep levels of relaxation – many people who suffer from insomnia find it hard to relax their muscles enough to help them fall asleep. This benefit can be especially useful for those suffering from pain like neck or back pain. Through reducing this pain, people can have a more substantial rest at night.
Floating Promotes Deep Relaxation through Epsom Salt
The magnesium found in Epsom salt, which floating tanks are filled with, are also believed to contributed to the deep physical relaxation of the experience. As many Americans are lacking in this mineral, when you float, the skin absorbs it to help improve magnesium levels which supports deep, restorative sleep by maintaining a healthier level of GABA, which is a neurotransmitter known to promote sleep.