Due to modern distractions like the Internet, a lot of people find it harder to fall asleep and wake up on time. A joint 2010 study between the University of California San Diego and Harvard University points to frequent social media use as a prime disruptor of healthy sleep patterns.
Yet daytime drowsiness should be the least of your worries when you don't get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. For instance, WebMD cites depression, weight gain, forgetfulness, premature skin aging, cardiovascular disease, and a higher risk for accidents as the likely effects of lack of sleep. In addition, it’s easy to be forgetful, irritable, and prone to making erroneous judgments when you don’t get enough sleep.
Chronic pain, among other factors, can make untroubled sleep next to impossible. Fortunately, a separate study conducted by University of Alberta researchers found out that massage therapy can deliver an effective knockout even when self administered.
Shiatsu, which literally means "finger pressure" in Japanese, is one such massage technique. Although the school of shiatsu was formally established in the early 20th century, its origins are ascribed to an ancient mythological poem about Japan's first doctor, Sukunahikona, who healed people with his bare hands.
Self-shiatsu for insomnia entails pressing your thumb against the bridge of your nose. Keep it there for a short while, let go, then repeat as necessary. The study also showed that the effects of self-shiatsu may start to kick in after 15 minutes of treatment.
If you want more thorough results, however, then you might want to book an appointment with a registered Oshawa massage therapist at a wellness center like Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation. Massage harnesses the body's self-healing mechanism by applying apt pressure to various parts of the body. By targeting specific areas, massage therapy releases tension, improves circulation, and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing.
If you keep on tossing and turning at night, it's high time you visited a Oshawa massage therapy specialist under whose deft hands you can get some much-needed relief from headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and even body pain due to soft tissue or sports-related injuries. Prevent sleepless nights and groggy mornings ahead with expert massage therapy.
(Source: "Sleep, the shiatsu way," AFP Relaxnews [c/o The Star Online], July 6, 2014)
Written By Dr. Kris Edwards and Dr. Patricia Riley