When did you last have a really good night’s sleep? You may be one of the lucky ones - as soon as your head hits the pillow you are asleep and wake refreshed in the morning! But did you know Australia has sleep issues? Sadly, research shows that for many Australians inadequate sleep is a significant problem. Indeed a 2016 survey undertaken for the Australian Sleep Health Foundation found that up to 45% of Australian adults have sleep issues.
If you follow us regularly of Facebook or Instagram you will know of our engagement with yoga, meditation, floatation and massage and just how much we regard them as fundamental building blocks for good health and wellbeing. What you may not be aware of is that yoga, meditation, floatation and massage all can contribute significantly to the quality of sleep you can enjoy and benefit from, regardless of your age.
Yoga done on a regular basis results in longer sleep and feeling better during the day; it helps you to fall asleep faster, and return to sleep more quickly if you wake up in the middle of the night. The same is true for mindfulness/meditation – a study undertaken by the Harvard Medical School that took a group of 49yr + adults through 2 hours of mindfulness meditation a week for 6 weeks resulted in less insomnia, fatigue, and depression. The benefits of flotation for sleep are now well documented. One result of the sensory deprivation of floating in a pod is a change in the activity of the brain, making falling a sleep easier. A regular 60 minute ‘float’ that promotes relaxation is a really effective way help to improve sleep quality. Regular massage that helps relaxation and decreases in pain, also contributes significantly to improved sleep; studies show that regular massage sessions decrease anxiety and depression, and reduce stress and muscular discomfort, contributing to deeper, unbroken sleep.
If you have sleep issues and want to do something about it why not treat yourself to a float in one of our state of the art pods, check-in for a massage or try our 5-class introductory yoga membership – we are sure you will notice a big improvement!