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Sensory Deprivation Tank

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Definition

Also known as Flotation Restrictive Environment Stimulation Therapy, sensory deprivation involves entering a dark, soundproof, tank filled with skin-temperature water. This zen-like experience can bring immediate and lasting benefits for your well-being.

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How to Do It

Enter a sensory deprivation tank for 30-45 minutes on a regular basis. 

Some studies recommended a cycle that you can try: 

Enter the tank for 45 minutes, twice a week for three weeks. Then take a break for a week. 

Repeat these two stages for as long as you’d like. After 12 sessions (7 weeks) you should experience the benefits mentioned below, which may last up to 4 months.

Find a local sensory deprivation service at https://floatationlocations.com/

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Benefits

  • Reduces stress [1], [3]
  • Can alleviate anxiety and depression [1], [3]
  • Reduces chronic pain [1], [3]
  • Improves mental focus and physical performance [3]
  • Improves mood [1], [3]
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Time Commitment

45 minutes

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Why it works

  • There are zero external distractions in sensory deprivation tank, allowing you to enter a meditative state more easily.
  • Depriving the senses can give your brain a break, giving you a ‘refreshed’ and positive outlook.
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Suggested Frequency

1-3 times a week

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Side Effects

Prolonged and persistent sensory deprivation may cause anxiety, depression and reduced motivation [2].

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Required Equipment

  • A sensory deprivation tank
  • You can find spas that have these tanks.
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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Joe Rogan

Kristen Wiig

Elle Macpherson

Jeff Bridges

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Category Health/Productivity/Focus:

Health 

Productivity 

Focus

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Suggested Time of Day

Any

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Notes

  • A sensory deprivation tank may be hard to come by and relatively expensive to access or purchase. Doing muscle relaxation exercises in a quiet environment is a cheap and convenient alternative. However, the tank is likely to produce better results.
  • If you don't have a sensory deprivation tank there is a good chance that there are spas near you that have these. Simply sign up. It typically costs around $30 per session
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 Mood  Stress  Productivity  Focus
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