October 27, 2015 | Leave a comment Everyone loves a good night’s sleep, but unfortunately, not many of us actually have them. In fact, the AMTA estimates that 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by sleep issues that degrade their health, reduce their productivity and work performance, and increase the risk of long-term disease. Of course, with hectic work schedules and family obligations, getting a consistent and restful sleep every night may simply be impossible. So what can you do to improve the quality of your sleep while also accommodating your busy schedule? It’s simple: add massage therapy to your life! It’s already scientifically proven that massage therapy increases the production of Serotonin in your body. This hormone plays a huge part in mood, appetite and coordination. It’s also crucial to your sleeping habits because your brain turns Serotonin into the hormone that quiets your mind and tells you it’s time to sleep: Melatonin. The National Institutes of Health have advised that massage therapy reduces both the fatigue and body pain that hamper the effectiveness of our sleep. Reducing fatigue means that, even if you can’t get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, the sleep you are able to get will be more beneficial to your health. By reducing that fatigue, you enter the deep, restorative sleep your body needs more quickly, maximizing the effectiveness of the limited time you’re able to rest. Imagine the road to improving your health as a line of dominoes. The first domino in that line is getting better sleep, and once you tip that domino over, it leads to less pain, improved mood and productivity, and less stress, all of which are key to living the healthy life you deserve. Don’t tell yourself you can’t get enough sleep; instead, schedule with Stellar Therapeutic Massage, and start making the sleep you can get work best for you!