- Savanna McDavid
A better night's sleep, naturally?
Healthy sleep is central to overall good health, yet far too many of us don't get enough. Busy with other tasks in every day living, we shortchange the number of hours we allow ourselves. Many of us also fail to provide ourselves with comfortable beds and quiet, dimmed, peaceful rooms. Even then, the sleep we get or don't get may not be directly our own fault. Sometimes having a partner who snores or has trouble sleeping on their own may be a big reason for the lack of restful, deep sleep.
The number of hours of sleep time for adults has went down drastically since the early 1900s. Today, most adults are averaging about 6 hours a night which can take a toll on our bodies over long periods of time. For example, some sleep research suggests that inadequate healthy sleep can lead to weight gain, lack of sleep muddies clarity of thought. Poor sleep can result in not only short term tiredness but long term issues as well.
One big sleep disorder in our country is known as Sleep Apnea. This is where a blockage in the airways restrict breathing for seconds at a time, thus causing very fragmented sleeping patterns. It affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. While being male and over the age of 40 is a large risk, anyone can suffer from sleep apnea even children.
There are ways to treat sleep apnea and the most common is of course a CPAP machine. While effective, many people have a hard time using them, they are not easy for travel and they are hard to keep from germs and bacteria. Research is now starting to look outside of the bulky machines to things more natural. Among those is nasal
decongestant and therapy to strengthen the muscles of the throat and lungs.
Because of these alternative health studies, salt therapy has become a hot topic in the subject. Salt therapy is a treatment that actually strengthens the lungs by breathing in dry salt air. It has also been proven to increase lung capacity. Not only do es it work to strengthen muscles, it also clears our throat and airways from congestion and helps remove anything that may obstruct airflow.
Sitting in the Salt Room exposes you to tiny salt particles that cleanse and detoxify the respiratory system. By breathing normally the particles enter the upper airways and lower areas of the respiratory system. Not to mention our Salt Room has an abundance of negative ions. When you are immersed in negative ions, they can help with relaxation, calmness and better sleep by promoting abundant oxygen levels in the blood. Negative ions help normalize brain function and breathing rate therefore lowering blood pressure while relieving tension and stress.