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The Link Between Floatation, Improved Sleep & Cognition


Posted on 19 February, 2018


Why is it important to reboot our brain?

Our brain is extraordinarily complex. It has been found that our minds unconsciously process an equivalent of  11 million bits of information per second while also coordinating the activities of every part of our bodies.

If you consider how much our brains handle, it makes sense that we need a regular reboot.

In a world of non-stop noise, distraction and never ending demands, it’s no wonder our brains need to recharge. Sleep and meditation are some ways to rest and regroup, but how else can we rejuvenate the brain?

What can be more restful than sleep?

Floatation can create a more profound state of relaxation than sleep. By recharging your brain in a way sleep can’t, floatation may therefore enhance cognition.

How does floatation differ from sleep?

Many people sleep in an environment filled with distractions. Lights, sounds and uncomfortable sensations can disrupt restorative rest.

Stress from the day may affect you into sleep time, disturbing sleep patterns and making it difficult to feel fully rested.

In floatation, the lack of stimulation helps floaters disconnect from external stress factors. The environment created in the float pod induces the brain to naturally switch to theta waves, allowing the floater enter a deeper state of relaxation.

Along with reduced external stimulation, floating produces a feeling of weightlessness, which reduces any internal distractions – such as chronic pain and discomfort.

How can floatation improve sleep?

While floatation doesn’t replace sleep, it can improve sleep quality. Floatation reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases prolactin, which aids in sleep. The result is deep relaxation during floatation, and with regular sessions, more restful sleep overall. Better sleep means improved brain function.

Why is it easier than meditation?

Meditation can produce similar cognitive benefits to floatation. Attaining the right meditative state, however, can take years of committed practice. Floatation is described as a short-cut to a meditative state. By creating a distraction-free environment, floaters can more quickly access the state of consciousness required to restore full cognitive functioning.

Research results

The positive effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapies (REST), such as floatation, on cognitive processes have been studied for decades. Research shows that REST can improve memory function, verbal processing, creativity and musicality, and that floatation can improve cognitive functions in a way that sleep does not.

Besides better sleep, over time this regular disconnect from external stimuli leads to a more focused calm which brings about quite amazing benefits such as:

– Improved memory

–  Lower blood pressure and heart rate

– Enhanced immunity, digestion and sex function

– Slowing down of ageing

– Healthier and happier brains

– Reduced physical and mental tension.

A large body of research has studied the numerous benefits of floatation and has shown that it can lower blood pressure, reduce pain and alleviate depression and anxiety, amongst others. Find out more here.

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of deep relaxation through floatation contact us today.



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