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Archive for February, 2010

Sleeping & Steam Baths

A Warm Bath Makes For Good Nights

A significant portion of society experiences difficulty sleeping, particularly during stressful periods in their lives. Those with arthritis and other conditions that cause pain, backache or discomfort know all to well how difficult it is to get comfortable enough to sleep through the night.

Good sleep habits are an essential element in overall health, as the human body requires sleep to rejuvenate and repair minor damages acquired during the day.

Irregular sleep, or non REM sleep, can lead to any number of health related ailments making the person afflicted more susceptible to injury or illness. There is also a significant relationship between sleep deprivation and impaired cognitive and motor functions, in fact a large number of preventable fatal motor vehicle accidents each year are caused as result of extreme fatigue.

Overused and achy muscles coupled with mental stress are an active ingredient for a sleepless night. Setting aside time each night to unwind and relax are indispensable to ensuring a good nights sleep. There is significant scientific data detailing the correlation between bathing and quality sleep patterns. Relaxing for just 20 minutes at the end of the day in a steam shower, or warm bath, will help to regulate the body’s core temperature and increase blood flow. This not only helps to alleviate overtaxed muscles, but also has a calming effect on the brain providing an overall sensation of tranquility. The warm steamy surrounding aid in improving air passage to the lungs. Slow deep breathing will help to slow the bodies internal functions and let the body know that it is time for rest. After a soak or steam shower the body will experience a drop in temperature as it attempts to level out to that of the surrounding room temperature, this will trick the brain into thinking that it is tired, as the body normally drops in temperature during sleep.

Baths, and steam showers in particular, are notorious for combating stress, sore muscles and breathing and sinus problems, issues that also cause most people to experience a decline in active sleep. By regularly harnessing the calming effects of such luxuries it is possible to overcome mild sleep disorders and temporary bouts of insomnia without the use of chemically derived sleep aids, which only make users feel even more tired in the morning.

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