Insomnia comes in many forms, but it’s never a welcome visitor to your bed. Floating will reduce stress and give your body a chance to sleep making it perfect for those with insomnia.
Sleep is part of our natural life and has obvious benefits experienced by us all. Unfortunately, research suggests that between 33% and 42% of adults experience insomnia each year, and the numbers are certainly not decreasing.
The increase of stress, high blood pressure, multitasking and business are some of the leading causes of insomnia, and it can be hard for sufferers to slow down enough to reach the necessary level of relaxation required for sleep.
The good news is that there is a solution: Floating in a float tank will release stress and allow you to sleep, plus it’s perfectly safe and natural.
The Theta State
Float therapy is incredibly effective at helping people sleep better at night.
Many people have trouble falling asleep, including those suffering from insomnia, because their brain has trouble downshifting from Alpha to Theta waves – the gateway to sleep.
By floating, the brain naturally drops into the Theta state, making it easier to make the transition to Delta waves required for REM sleep.
Floatation therapy has dozens of additional benefits, but these three are especially helpful for those who find it hard to sleep at night.
Jet Lag & Shift Work
For those suffering from jet lag or have issues sleeping due to shift work, floating can help reset your sleep cycle quickly.
If you have been travelling, it also has the positive side effect of relieving aches and pains from flying, and of reducing swelling and fluid retention.
How Does Floating Help You Sleep Better?
Many floaters fall asleep during their float session and experience levels of extreme relaxation. Some doctors suggest 1 hour of sleep in a float tank is equivalent to 4-8 hours of deep sleep. This is believed to be true for a number of reasons, but here are three big ones:
1. The floating effect is physiological, your body will respond even if your brain and mind is busy. The relaxation response is automatic, it is an evolved response to floating, common to all humans, it will work even if your brain remains active in the float, as it can sometimes. Therefore it works in many stressful situations.
2. Float therapy helps you mentally de-stress. This makes it easier for the brain to downshift from alpha waves into theta waves. Theta waves, which are the gateway to sleep, allow the body to transition into the delta waves required for REM. While prolonged sleep may not be possible in a float tank, regular float sessions help regulate sleep patterns, allowing you to sleep better during the night.
3. The anti-gravity effect the tank produces is physically refreshing. Many sufferers of insomnia find it difficult to relax their muscles at night. Floatation removes the effects of gravity on the body and allows muscles to reach deep levels of relaxation. This is particularly useful for those suffering from back and neck pain.
Just one float session can be so effective as to break a long pattern of bad sleep, because one good night’s sleep will lead to another. Give it a try, you may be surprised how good it feels.