Stress and Burnout
Chronic stress is a major debilitating obstacle to sleeping well. A review of 2 dozen studies investigating float therapy found the practice to be very effective at reducing stress, increasing a sense of well being and improving daily performance at work. There are a few studies now showing the impact float therapy has on burnout, where one long term study showed after a series of 12 sessions, participants showed improvements to stress and symptoms of burnout were still in place 4 months after the treatment had ended.
The Body Clock
Our circadian rhythm (aka body clock) is one important system as it’s the master clock controller of our nerve cells in the brain’s hypothalamus. The circadian rhythm has been linked to a key aspect of sleep. Dr John Lily (the creator of the tank) focused on how float therapy can have a positive effect in helping the body reset its internal body clock. Helping the brain rebalance and return to homeostasis in our autonomic nervous system, thus bringing us back to a harmonious and more productive state for the days ahead.
Another aspect of the Float Therapy experience that induces sleep is that you are floating with 600kg of magnesium-based Epsom salts, magnesium is absorbed more effectively through soaking in water. Magnesium helps release muscle tension and calm the nervous system. It has been widely recommended by naturopaths and GPs to aid sleep.
Overall the research shows that float therapy can be a very effective tool for stimulating the body’s relaxation response. Floating is a great way to curb the effects of fatigue with troubled sleep. And help break the cycle to get you back into a positive and restful sleep routine.
Book in for a float today to see how it can improve your sleep the nights following a session.