Want to sleep better? Learn these tricks

Multiple studies have demonstrated acupuncture to be an effective treatment for insomnia. Acupuncture lessens anxiety, stimulates melatonin production, induces sleep onset, and reduce sleep disruption and arousal during the night. All of these effects amount to an overall increase in total sleep time. In some instances, acupuncture is used as a treatment not for insomnia itself, but for pain from other physical conditions that in turn make it difficult to fall asleep at night.

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture addresses the following qi-related issues that cause insomnia:

SLEEP ISSUE TREATED BY ACUPUNCTURE CLASSIC CHINESE EXPLANATION
Difficulty falling asleep (sleep onset insomnia) Yang qi is blocked from yin qi, so the body is unable to relax completely
Interrupted sleep, waking during the night Heat is trapped in the body
Waking up too early Yin energy is blocked in the kidneys
Vivid nightmares Too much energy in the heart, or not enough in the liver
Extreme insomnia Blood issues in the spleen or liver

Try your own acupressure treatment at home to alleviate insomnia by applying pressure and massaging the following spots for 2 to 3 minutes:

  • The tender, fleshy spot between your big toe and second toe
  • The crease of your wrist on the pinky side, with your palm facing up
  • The fleshy area below your inner ankle bone

Source: https://www.tuck.com/acupuncture-and-sleep/

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