Rachel Richards

licensed massage therapist

east village, nyc

News: April 2018

Trouble sleeping? Here's a soothing solution

Do you suffer from insomnia? We are an overworked, stressed-out, and sleep-deprived society. Most of us don't give ourselves the time we need to rest and restore our bodies. And even when we do, many of us have trouble falling or staying asleep. Follow along with me as I teach you easy and effective breathing, visualization, and self-massage techniques that will relax your body, quiet your mind, and help you float away to dreamland.

Sleep deficiency has serious health consequences

When I ask my clients how much sleep they get, most of them laugh or say "not enough." If you can relate, you may not understand how crucial it is to get proper sleep. Deep rest restores the body.

If you suffer from pain or injury, you're not going to heal very quickly, if at all, if you are depriving yourself of sleep. Optimal healing takes place during sleep, when our bodies are at rest. Only during deep sleep do our bodies produce Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which is essential for tissue growth and repair, and immune system support.

When we lack deep rest, our bodies produce chemicals that enhance our perceptions of pain. In other words, sleep deprivation physically hurts. If that's not convincing enough, here is a list of some of the consequences of sleep deficiency listed in Sleep: A Very Short Introduction by Steven W. Lockley & Russell G. Foster:

  • Drowsiness, microsleeps, and unintended sleep
  • Changes in mood patterns
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Decreased motor performance
  • Decreased cognitive performance
  • Impairment of memory and concentration
  • Poor communication and decision-making
  • Increased irritability
  • Increased risk-taking
  • Weight gain
  • Increased risk of metabolic disorders and diabetes
  • Increased risk of hypertension, stroke, and heart attack
  • Increased risk of some cancers
  • Impaired immune response

So start taking sleep seriously and make it a top priority!

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