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Professional therapeutic massage therapy in Kansas City, MO by Aaron Harris, BCTMB

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Get Some Sleep with a Massage

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The importance of sleep to your physical well-being can not be overstated. Many of your former bad habits or prolonged issues can be linked to a lack of sleep. Massage has been proven to improve sleep.

The risk of obesity rises with those with a sleep deficit. A study in teenagers showed with every hour of sleep lost, the risk for obesity rose. But it’s not just teenagers, so you can’t blame it on the hormones, but wait, yes, you can, sleep affects those too!

A healthy amount of sleep balances the levels of ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry, and leptin, the hormone that make you feel full. If you wake up in the morning starving, blame it on a not so good night of sleep. When you’re restless, the levels of ghrelin increase and leptin levels decrease. Sleep can also affect insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Higher blood sugar levels can increase the threat of diabetes. Massage therapy has been proven to improve sleep and help regulate your hormone levels.

When you sleep, your heart and blood vessels are repairing themselves, and sleep releases a hormone to boost muscle mass.  Continued unrest increases your risk for a host of issues including, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

The good news is physical activity and better nutrition can aid in a good night’s sleep. Activity during the day, not close to bedtime, helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Making sure you don’t go to sleep hungry or too full, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine eases you into a restful slumber.

One of the best benefits of receiving regular massage is an improvement in your sleep. Book an appointment today and get the rest that your body deserves!

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