National employment figures show a growing number of Australians are doing regular graveyard and evening shifts – working when most of the country is tucked up in bed snoozing.
Working irregular hours or night shifts for a long period of time can wreak havoc on your natural sleep cycle, and in turn can wreak havoc on your body and mind. Problems with stress, depression and blood pressure can arise when you deprive yourself of healthy and deep rest.
Thankfully, a floating session is an excellent tool for getting your body the rest and rejuvenation it needs. All sound and sight stimulation is removed as you enter an environment devoid of external inputs, allowing your mind to turn its focus inward and enter a deeply relaxed, tranquil place. In fact, this relaxation allows the brain to gradually shift from its usual waking beta state to generate deep alpha, theta or even delta waves.
Many of our shift-working clients report feeling as though they’ve slept for hours after just one session in our tanks. The extreme buoyancy of the water allows your body to relax as nearly all the effects of gravity are removed. The high concentration of magnesium in the Epsom salts is absorbed through your skin, drastically improving blood flow throughout your entire body. Endorphins will naturally pump through you, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced and your body will begin to repair itself.
So whether you’re coming off of a stint doing night work and need to return back to normal routine, or you’ll be travelling for long stretches, a session in a sensory deprivation tank can help reverse some of the negative effects you’ll experience and get your body the sleep it needs.