Sleep, Part 2 continued from last month
For those of you who struggle with restless sleep, trouble falling asleep, or if you just aren’t waking up feeling well rested, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Neurotransmitters released in the brain play a role in controlling if we are awake or asleep. This includes histamine, dopamine, serotonin, glutamate, and acetylcholine. Reflexology improves the functioning of the nervous system enabling these neurotransmitters function properly to help improve our sleep.
2. Reflexology can help to reduce pain that is interfering with sleep.
3. Stress and tension can keep our bodies in fight-or-flight mode, making it too alert for restful and restorative sleep. Reflexology enables a deep relaxation that helps the body transition out of that flight-or-flight mode.
4. Using our circadian rhythm, our bodies start to produce an increasing amount of melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy, in the mid-to-late evening. The levels stay elevated until the early morning as the sun comes up. Stress interferes with this process, but when you get the body back into a relaxed state, the natural circadian rhythms can resume.
These are just a few examples of the complex systems of the body, which helps us to get optimal sleep. This is what happens when one area is out of sync; the chain reaction can keep spiraling. It’s important to help the body get back to its normal healing mode to help you sleep better.
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” (Proverbs 3:24)
There are a lot of reasons why we can have trouble sleeping; let’s see if we can help to find the root of yours. Don’t lose sleep over it, just call (813) 965-1697 to schedule a session now. Ask about the Membership Program to get your best value!
Blessings to you and your health,