Smorgasbord Health Column… Rocking motion is not just soothing for babies and benefits of #sleep

We generally associate rocking with babies to encourage them to sleep but in fact it is good for all of us, and perhaps time to retire to a hammock.

My father joined the Royal Navy in 1935 and in the barracks he first encountered a hammock and said it was one of the best night’s sleep he ever had. On a boating trip with friends about 20 years ago, with sleeping accommodation space at a premium, I slept in a hammock on deck and despite the attentions of seagulls early in the morning, I loved it.

Recent research has reinforced this and also found some interesting correlations between our brain health and the action of rocking. And I suspect that having a friend do the rocking for you also is beneficial!

Two new studies featured in Science Daily, one conducted in young adults and the other in mice, add to evidence for the broad benefits of a rocking motion during sleep. In fact, the studies in people show that rocking not only leads to better sleep, but it also boosts memory consolidation during sleep.

Anyone who has ever put a small child to bed or drifted off in a gently swaying hammock will know that a rocking motion makes getting to sleep seem easier. Now, two new studies reported in Current Biology on January 24, one conducted in young adults and the other in mice, add to evidence for the broad benefits of a rocking motion during sleep. In fact, the studies in people show that rocking not only leads to better sleep, but it also boosts memory consolidation during sleep.

 

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7 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Health Column… Rocking motion is not just soothing for babies and benefits of #sleep

  1. I rocked little Coco Rose (new niece) to sleep twice this weekend, Sally [big grin]. I can fall asleep in anything that moves. Planes, trains and cars, I am always asleep before we take off or get down the road. It is quite annoying because I try to plan to do things while flying or listen to audio books while travelling. Nothing keeps my eyes open.

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