Magnetic therapy is one of the few alternative therapies which is not just accepted but widely utilized by the medical profession and is used by community doctors, in hospitals and in physiotherapy clinics.
Exactly how and why it works for the use of a wide variety of conditions, illnesses and pain relief isn’t fully understood although there are some theories which seem to be more popular than others.
One of the ways in which this type of therapy is utilized is through sleep masks. But do these sleep masks actually work? Can they help you get better sleep? Let’s find out.
The Science of Sleep
Insomnia can be triggered by a multitude of different reasons which may include stress, diet, illness, pain and so on. However, in many cases of insomnia there is one common factor and that is some kind of imbalance or out of sync secretion of the hormone melatonin.
This hormone known as the ‘hormone of darkness’ is secreted by a pea sized gland in the brain’s center called the pineal gland.
Melatonin levels dictate our state of drowsiness and are normally at their peak in the middle of the night, gradually decreasing as we move closer to our waking hour.
If our bodies don’t produce the correct levels of melatonin at the correct time our sleep will be disturbed and insomnia may result.
How Does a Magnetic Sleep Mask Work?
All sleep masks will work to some degree as they block out light which is an inhibitor of melatonin production. This is why they are often handed out on long haul flights to passengers experiencing upset body clocks as they pass through various time zones.
Sleep masks which contain magnets go one step further and for this reason will be rather more effective than a basic mask.
Magnets release a electronically generated pulsed magnetic field. It is thought that the magnets are placed within the mask in such a way as to stimulate the pineal gland. The pineal gland is known to be highly responsive to electro-magnetic fields. When exposed to such strong fields, the gland secretes melatonin and thereby brings about drowsiness and sleep.
Additionally, magnetic therapy will bring pain relief if this is adding to the cause of insomnia and can help relieve eye, temple and sinus pain.
Some people find it rather uncomfortable to wear a mask in bed but it is thought that magnets placed in the pillow will have much the same effect although they won’t block light in the way a mask would.
Although how magnetic therapy works can’t be explained exactly there is no doubt that it is a highly effective treatment in many cases. Many people come to it as a last resort and wish they had discovered it much earlier.
Some magnetic therapy products are available on prescription through your GP if they are for an existing or prolonged medical condition. Otherwise, magnetic sleep masks are widely available through mail order or the Internet and again your GP can advise you.