12 May Sleepless in South Jersey
Do you suffer from insomnia? It’s something I’ve struggled with for years. Just the other day, I managed two nights of never quite falling completely asleep. There are few things that will ruin my day faster than a poor night’s sleep. As a teacher working with elementary school children, I need to be at my best every day. Not resting makes me irritable, unfocused, and generally unpleasant to be around.
A high stress or busy lifestyle, as well as genetics, can contribute to insomnia and make it difficult to rest. Studies show that as many as 42% of adults deal with insomnia. A large number of people dealing with this condition resort to the use of sleeping pills or other pharmacological solutions. While these may offer temporary relief, many individuals prefer to avoid taking medication whenever possible. As a child, I remember my grandmother touting the benefits of chamomile tea for a sleepless night. Not bad for an all-natural solution, but it turns out there may be another effective answer to insomnia.
Flotation therapy, sometimes known as isolation tank therapy or sensory deprivation, is emerging as a reliable, effective way to deal with insomnia. By removing external stimuli, floating draws your focus inward and helps you to relax. The high concentration of Epsom salt allows you to float effortlessly in the body-temperature water. The resulting weightlessness brings you to a state of nothingness and actually begins to change the way your brain works.
Here’s how: When you are awake, your brain emits beta waves. These are designed to keep us alert and help us reason – but they can also prevent you from relaxing when you’re trying to go to sleep. In the peaceful environment of a float pod or tank, beta waves start to change to theta waves. These increased theta waves are responsible for allowing the creative side of your brain to turn on while the logical or reasoning side of your brain rests. The result of your brain wave transformation is to feel refreshed and deeply relaxed.
One hour of deep relaxation floating can deliver similar benefits to four hours of traditional sleep. results in immediate relaxation and can also lead to regular, quality sleep that is critical to good heath. Most people find floating results in a peaceful calm that can last for days after a session. If you’re struggling to go to sleep or stay asleep, I’d encourage you to try float therapy. The only thing you have to lose is another sleepless night.