Health Benefits Of Rocking

  • People who rock while sleeping tend to be less disturbed during the night and maintain their deep sleep longer.
  • The memory function improves by a factor of three, according to a study.
  • Rocking synchronizes the brainwaves in the ‘thalamocortical’ networks of the brain, helping both sleep and memory consolidation while improving one’s mood.
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