How Cryotherapy Can Treat Insomnia
With the expanding pressures of modern living, sleep deprivation and insomnia are becoming increasingly common issues that many of us have to contend with. But, for all the medicines, remedies and breathing techniques, there is another way of helping you gain some extra hours of sleep. Cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. It doesn't have anything to do with freezing yourself so you can come back to life in the future (that's cryogenics), but some of the alleged benefits of cryotherapy really do seem like futuristic magic.
Broadly speaking, cryotherapy is any kind of body cooling for therapeutic purposes. The kind most people are referring to when they talk about cryotherapy is whole-body cryotherapy (WBC), which involves brief exposures to temperatures below -100 degrees Celsius in a cryotherapy chamber. Cryotherapy can also refer to treatments that target specific parts of the body, like cryotherapy facials, which focus, obviously, on the face, or medical cryotherapy, which is used by doctors to freeze off warts or cancerous cells.
If you can stand the subzero temperatures, many believe that cryotherapy has a wide range of benefits, from helping athletes recover after intense workouts to burning calories, reducing cellulite and the topic of conversation today, treat insomnia.
London-based CryoAction is the UK’s leading provider of whole-body cryotherapy chambers, offering mobile and retail cryotherapy spaces alongside fixed spaces. Here, they are revealing how cryotherapy can be used to treat insomnia.
It improves the depth of your sleep
Due to its ability to aid the recovery of muscles, cryotherapy increases muscle metabolism, which leads to deeper and high-quality sleep. Hungry muscles need to be recharged properly and a good night’s sleep is key to that.
It ‘chills’ you out
As you probably know, cryotherapy involves going into an extremely cold chamber and chilling your body. But, while its physical impacts may be obvious, cryotherapy can also relax your mental state of mind – something that is key to getting some sleep.
Physical pain can lead to discomfort throughout the night and prevent you from getting restful sleep. However, cryotherapy offers an extremely effective solution to physical pain and aches, making it the perfect remedy for your sleeping woes.
It will aid brain development
Regular cryotherapy sessions expose the body to extremely cold temperatures and increase the production of norepinephrine, a hormone which impacts sleep cycles and activates your REM sleep. REM sleep is key to brain development, so it’s important that you get enough of it.
It helps with anxiety
Many people suffer from issues related to anxiety and this can lead to sleep struggles and insomnia. However, cryotherapy can be used to relax the mind and boost your sleep cycle, leaving you less anxious and increasing your focus, concentration and sleep.