How a Hammam Spa Visit Can Improve Sleep

How a Hammam Spa Visit Can Improve Sleep

A hammam spa experience offers an abundance of health care benefits. Besides being one of the best skincare treatments for the whole body, hammam can help to soothe a troubled mind, relax a stressed-out psyche, and improve sleep.

Just like clean air and good nutrition, your body needs regular sleep to function at its best. While you sleep, your body performs necessary upgrades, for instance rest allows the body to restore energy, repair cells, and release healing hormones and proteins. Without enough sleep and relaxation your overall quality of life and health may become gravely impaired.  

Holistic therapies that address sleep and relaxation are in high demand, as more and more people seek to combat insomnia and sleep problems with natural alternatives, rather than sleep-aid medications or alcohol. Moroccan and Turkish hammam spa services (i.e., steam room, bathing, massage…) relax and calm the mind and body, making it one of the best spa treatments to improve sleep quality naturally.

Why Take Sleep Seriously?

In our modern age, it’s accepted that our physical, mental, and emotional health is intertwined — for example, stress at the office can result in worry, this type of mental unease can trigger a fear response (e.g., I will lose my job), which inevitably (or predictably) can lead to insomnia and difficulties sleeping. It is widely accepted that lack of sleep is bad for overall health.

The side effects of sleep deprivation are real. Here’s several examples how lack of sleep can have a negative impact on your wellbeing and appearance:

  • Weight gain, obesity
  • Eye bags, dark eye circles, sagging skin
  • Poor immune functioning
  • Low sex drive
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • More accident prone

Chronic sleep deprivation can have even more serious health concerns linked with heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure for example. The recommendations and tips we have for you below include healthy ways to start proactively improving your sleep, as well as discovering what may be preventing you from sleeping well. One way you can effectively and naturally improve sleep quality is with hammam. Turkish hammam is a holistic spa experience that addresses physical, mental, and emotional concerns simultaneously. Find out how hammam spa services can benefit you below!  

Holistic Hammam Treatment For Natural Sleep

Hammam spa therapy gets at the underlying issues to do with poor sleep. Turkish and Moroccan hammam treatments have a legendary reputation for helping people to relax and unwind — which promotes better sleep.

Hammam Steam Room Benefits

Steam and heat is very therapeutic for both the body and mind. Twenty to forty minutes in a steam room allow you to meditate, calm your central nervous system and lower your blood pressure. Heat helps to relax tense muscles and most importantly the hammam steam room experience can reduce the body’s cortisol (e.g., the hormone released in response to stress). When cortisol levels drop, you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated, and as a result, sleep can be improved.

Sleep Better After Hammam Bathing

After the steam room, a hammam hot scrub will also go far to promote better sleep. An exfoliating body scrub with bubbles and hot water will help your body to release happy chemicals in your brain: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins. Each of these natural brain chemicals have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. Both dopamine and serotonin are important to your sleep-wake cycle.

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Massage For A Good Night's Sleep

If you suffer from bad sleep, then massage treatments will help. Studies have found that regular massage therapy increases both dopamine and serotonin in the body, and decreases the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Massage and human touch is an integral part of the hammam experience. Therapeutic skin to skin touching helps to release your body’s happy chemicals (i.e., dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins) that help you to relax and unwind from stress and anxiety.

Hammam For Better Sleep

All the elements of Turkish and Moroccan hammam, from the heat and steam, to the body bathing, scrubbing and massage, all help to promote better sleep. And better sleep benefits all these systems in your body: the immune system, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and the endocrine system. Just by having regular hammam treatments (e.g., once a week, or once per month) you can help establish a positive feedback loop in your body that promotes sleep and a more relaxed state of wellbeing.

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Meditation and holistic therapies like hammam bathing and massage can help to reset and rebalance your body and mind. Having your body and mind in better sync will have a positive impact on your sleep cycle and overall health. Just as important as physical health, our need for inner peace and serenity is just as vital to our quality of life.    

Tips For Better Sleep And A Better You!

The National Sleep Foundation says that healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Let’s recap some top reasons why regular sleep is so important: it helps to support brain function; keeps our emotions and feelings in check; reduces risk of illness and disease; reboots our energy levels; and good sleep can keep weight under control and make you look vibrant and refreshed.

Here’s many more helpful tips to get you sleeping your best!

  • Increase bright or natural light exposure during the day
  • Reduce blue light exposure just before bed
  • Don’t take your mobile phone to bed with you
  • Create a restful sleep environment
  • Limit daytime naps
  • Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol before bed
  • Using techniques like reframing unhelpful thoughts
  • Meditation and mindful breathing
  • Regular, daily exercise
  • Take time in your weekly schedule for self-care activities
  • Book a hammam spa day!

If you are in bed and you can’t sleep, don’t force it. Instead, get up and do something relaxing for a short amount of time (e.g., read a book or magazine, listen to quiet music…). When you feel ready to return to bed, then do so when you feel sleepier. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get to sleep right away, that never helps.

New Hammam Spa in Birmingham!

Are you ready for a hammam West Midlands experience! We hope so, because Este Medical Group is opening the most deluxe hammam traditional luxury spa in Birmingham. Find out more about our Este Moroccan and Turkish hammam treatments. Take time to consider regular massage therapy for better sleep from our massage menu.

More updates about our hammam spa services including hammam hot scrub and hammam foam massage coming soon.

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