Is it possible to stand in a room with frozen nitrogen can lead to better sleep? The answer: maybe!
You may have seen some of these newfangled health treatments. One of my personal favorites is Cryotherapy. Here you step into a room (more like an upright tube) and only wear socks. Then the room fills with super cold nitrogen for the next 3 minutes.
This causes your body to get very cold very quickly!
We all know that ice prevents swelling, but does this “freezer” help you get a better night’s sleep? We’ll know soon.
A brief history of Cryotherapy, as read in Sleep Review:
Cryotherapy was developed by Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi in Japan in the 1970s to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Cryotherapy is used to relieve inflammation, arthritic pain and fibromyalgia related pain.
According to the summary to be published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Issue 51:5, only a single patient – someone who had previously reported sleeping disorders – experienced improvements in her sleep pattern. The other two patients who had not reported any sleep, pain or anxiety disorders saw no changes in their health.
Unfortunately, the scope of the test was too small to draw far-reaching conclusions. The researchers are, however, in the process of gathering a larger research group in order to find a possible solution for people with sleep disorders.