Getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. While you sleep, the body repairs and restores itself while also helping to ensure your brain functions as it should so that you can resolve problems better, make better decisions and be more emotionally stable.
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.
While floating has been around for decades, it’s becoming increasingly popular in recent years, and many are discovering it’s benefits 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.
How can floating at Art of Floating help you sleep better?
1. Float to Maintain Proper Cortisol Levels
A number of studies have measured 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, with levels rising 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 – in the middle of the night. 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 stress through floating. 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.
2. Float to Shut Down the Mind Chatter
Floatation at Art of Floating 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.
3. The Anti-Gravity Effects Allows for Full-Body Relaxation
Floating at Art of 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.
4. Magnesium Improves Sleep Quality
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.
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Check out a video from Our Sponsored Float Center, Art of Floating. Manager, Vanessa Worthing talks about her experiences at Art of Floating and what she loves about running her float center in Bloomsburg, Pa.
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