How craniosacral therapy can support your sleep
Have you have ever suffered from sleep issues? If so then you would know how difficult it is to just function throughout the day. The smallest task or decision can create havoc for the brain to process. It can leave you unable to think clearly or struggle to carry out basic daily tasks. Add children, your partner, high pressured work etc into the mix and this can cause the most laid back of us into meltdown!
I myself have experienced sleep disturbances for many years (thankfully this is no longer the case), during that time I know my home life and work life suffered, not to mention my health and well being. If stress is one of the reasons for poor sleep then lack of sleep only adds to the issue and it can seem like a never ending cycle.
Many people turn to prescription medication to try and combat this, however from the stories I’ve heard prescription drugs can seem to create more of a ‘groggy’ type of sleep where the person falls asleep but the body is unable to carryout all the necessary repair and healing work it requires, therefore much of the rejuvenation process is eliminated due to the sedative elements of the medication. Sleep is essentially the time when the body heals itself.
According to the National Sleep Foundation; when we sleep Brain waves are slow (with some rapid bursts) and your heart rate and blood pressure slow down and regulate. During this restorative stage of sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing slows down, blood flow moves to the muscles and tissue is repaired. Interestingly enough this is also indicative of receiving a craniosacral session. Many people inform me that during a treatment session they felt like they were sleeping (often reporting visions, colours and memories) but that they also felt awake. People who meditate have also said that they felt they had gone into a deeper state of relaxation than when they practice meditation.
Craniosacral therapy can also support the hormonal system in offering space within the cranial bones supporting pineal gland function. The pineal gland is a tiny endocrine gland found in the brain. It produces and secretes the hormone melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate biological rhythms such as sleep and wake cycles. Craniosacral therapy supports the autonomic nervous system (again all necessary for a good nights sleep), it helps to down regulate from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, this in turn will have a supportive impact on the digestive system, aid in the supply of cerebral-spinal fluid which supplies nutrients to the nervous system tissue/cells as well as providing more oxygen to the brain supporting clear thinking, relaxation and helps regulate our moods. The regulation of our autonomic nervous system is mandatory to our health and immune system and aids us in getting a good nights sleep.
Homeopathy and reflexology are also very good ways to support a good nights sleep, its about finding the right treatment and practitioner for you.