Sleep is a critical body function; quality sleep is necessary for your mental health and physical wellbeing. A nutritional diet and exercise is recommended for a healthy body, but the importance of good quality sleep cannot be ignored. Lack of sleep can have a severe effect on immune system, nervous system, productivity at work and sometimes can even cause hallucinations.

Feeling sluggish or less energetic during the day is bad enough, but insomnia can reduce cognitive function while increasing depression, anxiety and problems with memory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic, "Sleep insufficiency is linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors."

Can Prescription Medications Help?

Prescription drugs have been considered the most common treatment of sleeping disturbance, but not everyone wants to rely on pills. Some people choose to medicate sleep deprivation with substances such as alcohol and nicotine, but these addictive 'medications' cause terrible health issues in themselves. It's easy to see why some people seek refuge in less-than-ideal treatments to make themselves fall asleep. But when you're looking for how to treat insomnia naturally, massage therapy can make a significant difference.

How Massage Works?

Health experts have advised that massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep.  A study has revealed that massage has been shown to improve sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly alike. Also, massage has helped individuals with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease.

"When you are deprived of deep sleep, certain kinds of pain chemicals are released", explains Dr. Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School Of Medicine. But that changes with any kind of massage, whether for insomnia or increased flexibility or greater relaxation. "There is a release of serotonin, which is the body's natural production of anti-pain chemicals. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep."

Anne Williams, director of education, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, states that “Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which the body barely moves, which reduces the neurotransmitter associated with pain.”

Along with promoting sleep, getting a massage regularly help lower anxiety, blood pressure, improve posture, relieve headaches and strengthen the immune system. So, make massage a part of your healthcare regimen and notice positive changes in your body and mind.

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