Massage Therapy for Insomnia

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No one wants to wake up in the middle of the night, having only slept for three or four hours, unable to fall back asleep. Insomnia is a condition that affects millions of people for various reasons and to varying degrees. Sleep deprivation (not getting enough sleep) can cause severe long term effects to your health, both physically and mentally. Some of the negative effects of not getting enough rest include weight gain, slower processing in the brain’s handling of emotion and reasoning, reduced immune system and hormone imbalance. Experiencing chronic insomnia can make the symptoms of sleep deprivation all the worse, preventing individuals from performing simple, everyday tasks effectively and safely.

A common practice for trying to make up for lost sleep is oversleeping the next night, going from four hours of sleep to 11 or 12. However, this will have the opposite effect of making you feel well rested. If you didn’t get enough sleep that first night, oversleeping the next night wouldn’t magically balance everything out. Once you’ve lost that amount of sleep, that’s it. Too much or too little sleep will still leave you exhausted the next day. All you can do it get the proper seven to eight hours of sleep the next night.

Why Massage Therapy?

It’s normal for clients to fall asleep during a massage, so why not use it to help you get a full eight hours of sleep? Several studies have found that getting massages consistently are extremely beneficial for those who experience insomnia relating to stress, anxiety, headaches, digestive issues, sports injuries, tissue strain, joint pain, fibromyalgia and other health conditions.

Massage therapy can improve sleep by reducing fatigue and encouraging full-body relaxing. Studies from the American Massage Therapy Association have shown that massages improve sleep patterns for all age groups, from infants to the elderly. Massages allow individuals to stay in a deeper sleep for longer periods of time, allowing the body to go through its proper restorative stages. This easing pain and soreness as well as resets the mind for the upcoming day.

Common treatments like the Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage and trigger point massage work the body to help increase serotonin levels. This is important because more serotonin means a higher production of melatonin, which is needed to help you sleep better. Going to a registered massage therapist on a consistent basis is a drug-free, healthy option for treating insomnia, especially if it results from stress, anxiety or pain.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a massage therapy student, then there’s no better institution to learn from than the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. We offer full-time and part-time study programs that span 20 to 32 months, completed at your own pace. With both in class and real-world clinical work, you’ll get the best experience for your future as a registered massage therapist. For more information or to apply online, visit our website at

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