Impact of Floating on Jet lag and Insomnia
Part of my role in the Ocean Elements business takes me out of town on travel much of the time. Traveling can have a major impact on my sleep cycles. I spend time traveling between time zones and sleeping in new and different hotel rooms. Many times I have days that I can’t switch off my brain. It can cause lack of good quality sleep.
Insomnia is Latin for “no sleep” and is experienced by 30-40% of adults at some point in any given year and 10-15% say they have chronic insomnia, according to the Center for Sleep Disorders at the National Institute of Health. As we all know, sleep is essential to all of us for maintaining proper energy levels, immune system function, and even mental health. Floatation therapy is quickly becoming a popular technique for minimizing the effects of jet lag because it allows you to gain extra rest in a condensed amount of time. Although you usually lose many hours of sleep on the plane, an hour in a float tank can help make up for that loss of sleep. Because of the float tanks’ ability to allow the brain to produce theta waves, an hour of floating is roughly equivalent to 4 to 6 hours of sleep.
Most of us have had periods of days or even weeks when we can’t “shut our brain off” when trying to fall asleep, mainly due to stress or anxiety regarding work, relationship issues, grief, and/or upcoming events such as weddings, holidays, or exams. The float tank has a powerful and profound effect on the body’s ability to reset natural sleep cycles by removing all external stimulation, which eliminates distractions and provides the basis for the brain to produce theta waves.
Theta brain waves are naturally produced just before we fall asleep and again just after waking. Theta waves are also associated with deep meditative states held by Buddhist monks and is the state of mind that resides in the subconscious. A large controlled study by Professor Thomas E. Taylor of Texas A&M, analyzed the effects of floating by comparing floaters with people in a relaxed state in a dark quiet room. Both the float and non-float group were measured and the study found that floating leads to an increase in the generation of theta waves. (Taylor, Thomas E. “Learning Studies and Higher Cognitive Levels in a Short-term Sensory Isolation Environment”)
Floating will be most effective if you can float as early in the day as possible so that you are still ready for bed at night. Schedule your float with us and find out how an hour in the float tank can help you feel rested and rejuvenated.