How Floatation May Improve Cognition
The brain is extraordinarily complex. Many researchers maintain that our unconscious minds process the equivalent of 11 million bits of information per second. Our central nervous systems coordinate the activities of every part of our bodies.
Given how much we expect our brains to handle, it’s no wonder we need to recharge. Sleep is one way to rest and regroup, but how else can we rejuvenate the brain?
More Restful Than Sleep
Floatation can produce a more profound state of relaxation than sleep. Floatation may therefore improve cognition by recharging your brain in a way sleep can’t.
What factors make floatation different from sleep?
- Many people sleep in an environment filled with distractions. Lights, sounds, and uncomfortable sensations can disrupt restorative rest.
- Stress from the workday may bleed over into sleep time, disturbing sleep patterns and making it difficult for a person to feel fully rested.
- In floatation, the lack of stimulation helps floaters disconnect from their stress. This helps the floater enter a deeper state of relaxation.
- Along with reduced external stimulation, floatation produces a feeling of weightlessness, which reduces any internal distractions – such as chronic pain and discomfort.
Floatation Can Improve Sleep
While floatation doesn’t replace sleep, it can improve sleep quality. Floatation reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases prolactin, which aids in sleep. The result is deep relaxation during floatation, and with regular sessions, more restful sleep overall. Better sleep means improved brain function.
More Accessible Than Advanced Meditation
Meditation can produce similar cognitive benefits. Attaining the right meditative state, however, can take years of careful training. Floatation is something of a short-cut to a meditative state. By creating a distraction-free environment, floaters can more quickly access the state of consciousness required to restore full cognitive functioning.
Results of Research
Dr. Peter Suedfeld, a scientist and researcher, has made a career of documenting the positive effects of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapies (REST), such as floatation, on cognitive processes. He has researched the benefits of REST for decades and is a pioneer in the field.
Dr. Suedfeld’s research shows that REST can improve memory function, verbal processing, creativity, and musicality. One reason for enhanced creativity is that floatation produces a sense of “openness” in floaters, which enables them to approach tasks more creatively. Dr. Suedfeld notes that floatation can even enhance cognitive functions that sleep doesn’t.
Other researchers have studied the ways floatation can lower blood pressure, reduce pain, and alleviate depression and anxiety. If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of deep relaxation through floatation, contact Northwest Float Center today.