Have you ever fallen asleep during your float? It’s easy to do. The combination of physical relaxation and lack of brain stimulation is the perfect recipe for a bit of dreamy respite. Some guests feel a little disappointed when it happens. After all, being awake to enjoy the relaxed but alert zen of the theta state is one of the greatest perks of a floating practice. And then there are those who come in specifically for a zero-gravity nap.
Whether asleep or awake, you’ll get tons of physical and mental benefits from your float. If you do catch some zzz’s, you’ll be enjoying the equivalent of four hours of regular sleep.
During the summer travel months, it’s common for our guests to pop in after a long flight in hopes of curing their jet lag. According to the National Sleep Foundation, circadian rhythms are disrupted when crossing time zones, and it takes most people several days to adjust.
How can floating help you sleep?
In a sensory deprivation environment, the brain enters a more relaxed state. The lack of sensory input means no distractions. No distractions means no stress. You are there for one purpose: to relax. Floating reduces cortisol and drops your body from the usual “fight, flight or freeze” response into the “rest and digest” phase, just like if you were in a deep sleep.
A 2010 study at the University of British Columbia found that floating improved subjects’ ability to fall asleep and stay asleep up to twelve weeks after their sessions. One reason given for this dramatic result is a reduced adrenal hormonal activity level and reduced blood pressure.
So even if you don’t fall asleep during your session, the benefits will follow you home into bed. This is also why people float to combat insomnia as well as jet lag. A practice that lowers cortisol levels and blood pressure results in a body that has much less work to do come bed time.
Geof B reported, “Before I became a member at Life Float, I struggled with insomnia… A membership opportunity at LifeFloat gave me the freedom to try floating on a regular basis. And it worked! Floating cleared away the stress and gave me a baseline of sleep that persists to this day. I feel clearer and have tons more energy now that my routine supports quality sleep.”
And another reason for a post-flight float…
Floating after a long flight will do more than just help you sleep and adjust to a new time zone. It also relaxes muscle tension that results from being in a cramped seat for several hours. The high concentration of Epsom salt in each pool gives your body a heaping dose of magnesium, known for its tension-releasing properties.
So after your next arrival at Sea-Tac, consider making an appointment with us.