When we started the journey to open a float center, our closest float center was in Chicago, IL at Space Time Tanks. Our annual trips to Portland weren't enough to get a float fix and being self-employed kept our travel to Chicago to float a rare treat.
I have struggled with sleep over the last few years. More than likely hormones have been the culprit. Menopause can wreak havoc on sleep. Getting to sleep seems easy enough, but I'd toss and turn and worse yet, if I woke up, getting back to sleep was almost impossible!
And it's not just me! Mark, our very own Float Tank Whisperer, also struggles with sleep.
Sometimes, the benefits of floating aren't super obvious when you first get out of the tank. Sometimes they sneak up on you. And that's what happened with us.
I often find myself telling people not to judge floating by their first float or in the first few minutes directly after a float. Right after, the brain process seems to move as slow as molasses. I know at that point I'm not in the right mind to judge anything other than to judge where the closest seat is so I can relax my noodle-like muscles!
Two weeks after we committed to floating 3 times weekly, we were casually talking about how good we'd been feeling lately.
Sure, we were less stressed. But it that wasn't the only thing. We were getting some things faster, feeling happier in general. After talking about successes and changes in mood and behavior, we realized something else that had been different.
Both of us had been sleeping. All night. For a solid 8 hours (and sometimes more).
In the last three weeks, things got busy and float time simply didn't happen.
In the last 10 days Mark and I are both back to 6 hours of restless sleep or less. Our energy is down, we are both more irritable and less productive. You know how they say you don't know what you've got until it's gone? Or how absence makes the heart grow fonder?
It's all true.
This past weekend we solved the problem and spent Saturday filling the tank back up, carefully balancing the salt/water ratio to find the perfect float. By next week we should both be back to sleeping like babies.
It's rare a day goes by when we don't hear clients telling us about the amazing sleep they got after their last float. Ninety minutes in the tank, enjoying the quiet, gently suspended in skin temperature water on a regular basis can help you reap big rewards.
Make time to fit it into your regular schedule and pay close attention to the subtle way it affects you. Don't miss the benefits you got from that float that may have been more restless than usual. Pay attention to yourself. Be aware of how you feel on a daily basis. And look for how floating is changing you in every day activities.