“Getting More Sleep” is a New Year’s resolution that many people (often tired & cranky people) make. Well, in case y’all didn’t know, yesterday was National Sleep Day! What exactly that means, I really don’t know. Is it a green light to knock myself out with a few Xanax? Probably not. Oh well…
Why, when, and who created this bizarre holiday remains a mystery, but it stands to remind us all of the importance of sleep and the absolute hell that comes from lack of it. How many of us have all too vivid memories of holding a 2-month old baby at 3am feeling like we were going to die?!
Hopefully, your nights have improved, as mine have (thank god), from the tortuous newborn months. Although these days, while I’m not up every 2 hours to breastfeed, I’m woken throughout the night by a snoring husband and kids who think I’m their water bearer! Nevertheless, today there are over 40 million people who suffer from sleep disorders every year.
40 million! Not to go into too many details and not to scare you too much, but too little sleep can:
Increase Stroke Risk (less than 6 hrs./night is linked to an increased likelihood of stroke)
Lead To Poor Eating Choices & Weight Gain
Affect The Immune System Similarly To Stress
In Chinese Medicine, nighttime is considered “yin time” – the time when your body takes care of itself. Sufficient sleep (6-8 hours) is necessary for your body to repair itself and regenerate. It’s also critical for the proper functioning of organs such as the liver, which performs most of its detoxification at night while you sleep.
If you have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep, here’s a time-tested, traditional Acupressure Technique from the East that you can do every night to help you reach deep, restorative sleep.
Acupressure Techniques for Better Sleep
#1. Between your eyebrows, there is a small depression on the level of your brows, right above the nose. With your middle or index fingers, apply gentle but firm pressure to that point for a minute.
#2. On your left forearm, about 3-finger widths above your wrist crease, place your right thumb between the two tendons. Apply moderate pressure with your thumb, holding for 5 mins., breathing deeply. Repeat on the other arm. This point is called the Inner Gate.
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