Studies show ROCKING IS GOOD FOR YOU! To be clear, we’re talking about rocking in a chair, not rocking the guitar on stage.  Studies have shown that a rocking motion helps you fall asleep faster and allows you to sleep more soundly. This gentle repetitive movement also has the effect of improving memory consolidation during sleep.1

Rocking can be considered a treatment given the benefits it brings to people with dementia. It helps reduce anxiety and depression and decreases the need for pain medication. The study also noted that patients calmed down more quickly when rocking. The gentle rocking motion could stimulate the vestibular system located in the inner ear, which can help improve balance.2

Rocking has wonderful benefits, it:

  • Improves deep sleep
  • Improves memory consolidation during sleep
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces anxiety and depression

The findings may be relevant for the development of new approaches for treating patients with insomnia and mood disorders, as well as older people, who frequently suffer from poor sleep and memory impairments.3



1 Perrault et al., (February 4, 2019), Whole-Night Continuous Rocking Entrains Spontaneous Neural Oscillations with Benefits for Sleep and Memory, Current Biology 29, 402–411,

2 University of Rochester (April 27, 1998), As Elders Rock, Emotional Burden of Dementiona Eases,

3 Source: ScienceDaily (January 24,2019), Rocking motion improves sleep and memory studies in mice and people show,,boosts%20memory%20consolidation%20during%20sleep







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