1:58 am and Salty Bacon is snoring in my ear. I blink several times in the pitch black, take a couple of deep breaths and then my mind is off to the races. DANG IT!! I wasn’t able to shut my mind down before it took off. I close my eyes and tell myself to “go back to sleep, go back to sleep”. I take a bunch of deep breaths, then I proceed to toss and turn and flop around in bed and I think to myself, surly it’s been several hours and has to be close to 6:00 or 7:00 am? I roll over to look at the clock, 2:28 am. And so.. it begins… another night of insomnia…
Does this sound familiar? According to Medical News Today, 40% of American’s suffer from insomnia and 15% suffer from Chronic Insomnia. That is a lot of people walking around “tired” and grumpy on a daily basis! The leading causes of insomnia are: anxiety, chronic pain, disruption of your circadian rhythms, anxiety, hormone imbalances or a snoring bedside partner (ahem, Mr. Salty Bacon).
I consider myself in the past few years to have become a chronic insomniac. For a whole multitude of reason but the leading reasons for me are: owning my own business, chronic pain and hormonal wackiness. These top the list of why many nights a week I find myself blindly staring at the ceiling in my bedroom cursing Jim and the three dogs because they are all sound asleep. Now, I will tell you there are a few upsides to it, I write some awesome blogs at 2:30 in the morning and get caught up on the shows I miss during the week.
Let me tell you a secret I want to share with you that helps “kick me out of” my insomnia cycles which a lot of people don’t know about… Floating. Yes, I discovered several years ago that floating helps me get back into my normal circadian rhythms and I get to sleep all night! Floating significantly reduces my anxiety levels, which is a big driver for my insomnia and it significantly reduces my chronic pain, another big insomnia driver for me.
You maybe asking, “how and why does floating helps insomnia?” Well, lets take a bit of a deep dive and answer these questions.
Floating helps to mentally de-stress people. What this means from a nerdy science perspective is that while floating our brain waves change from alpha waves to theta waves. Theta waves are the avenue to good sleep as the theta waves moves your brain into delta waves. Letting our brains move into delta waves while in the float rooms is one of the keys factors that allows our bodies de-stress.
Second, floating significantly decreases pain, whether it be chronic or acute, I’m living proof that pain is significantly reduced by floating. Since one of the main causes of insomnia is chronic pain, when you use floating as a tool to treat your chronic pain, you are additionally using it to treat insomnia. It’s a “win-win”!
A third reason floating helps treat, if not cure insomnia is the miracle element, magnesium. Since you are spending a good amount of time in 1,100 pounds of Epsom salt, aka magnesium sulfate, you therefore absorb a significant amount of magnesium through your skin. Magnesium and melatonin combine every night to send you into amazing sleep cycles. Magnesium is best introduced into the body through absorption (ie, skin contact). You can eat green leafy vegetables to get magnesium as well but you have to eat A LOT of them. One of the first things a sleep doctor will usually tell you to treat insomnia is to take a magnesium supplement and you have to take a large dosage because our bodies are inefficient at processing magnesium through ingesting.
So as I sit here writing this blog and the clock now says 3:47 am and my body is screaming for some sleep that won’t come to me tonight. A brilliant idea pops in my head, grab the keys, drive to iSofloat and just go float!! Why? Well for one, I own the place and I have the luxury of doing this but mostly because just one float session can break the pattern of horrible sleep. I find that one good night of sleep generally leads to another and breaks the insomnia cycle! So, if you are like me and suffer from insomnia, give floating a try to break the bad sleep curse. You have nothing to lose but another night of bad sleep!