There’s more to scuba diving than you may think. Let’s explore these three surprising facts now:
1. Find happiness when breathing underwater. Research suggests that increased levels of nitrogen from the scuba tank air will increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, causing you to feel all warm and fuzzy. Just think of the song, “Happy” by Pharrell. And that added sense of adventure can help you to conquer those fears and feel like you are on top of the world (or in this case, king or queen of the ocean).
2. Peaceful waters can aid with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There’s just something about being in the quiet waters that cures your stressed body and mind. Exploring in the deep blue sea by yourself seems to make all your troubles disappear. Military veterans suffering from PTSD have looked to scuba diving to find peace. And as a result, their symptoms were alleviated by 80 percent.
3. The underwater experience is for everyone and not limited to the disabled. Studies have shown that people with paralysis and/or spinal cord injuries enjoy scuba diving because it is such a weightless experience. It is very liberating without the wheelchair, too. Many say that diving underwater gives them a second chance at a healthy life. Some benefits include restful sleep, less spasms, and the ability to feel slight tingles and sensations from different areas of the body. Truly remarkable!