How can acupressure help you with insomnia?
Do you lay awake at night staring at the ceiling or just distracting yourself by watching or reading something? Most of us spend sleepless nights when we are grappling with some life issues that take us for a meeting with the quietest hour of the night. Becoming an occasional owl is perfectly normal. However, if this is a recurring pattern then you might have met your uninvited friend, insomnia.
Here are few signs that will help you to determine if you are suffering from insomnia or if it’s an occasional bout of sleepless nights
- Not being able to fall asleep even when tired
- Waking up too early or during night
- Difficulty falling asleep almost every day
- Noticeable inability to concentrate or focus during the day
Why you need to seek help for insomnia
Spending sleepless nights is considered just another trend these days. In an age of Netflix binge, sacrificing sleep is glorified and even gulping down several cups of coffee to make it through the day is considered normal. However, sleep is crucial for normal functioning of our body. When we rest, the cells in our body recuperate and regenerate. Without good sleep the body ages faster as it has to push its limits beyond the normal threshold. Here’re a few repercussions of chronic insomnia on our body
Weakened immune system – As insomnia disrupts the internal function of the body, there is no energy left to spend to counter the attack of external bacteria or virus.
Weight gain – When the body is functioning beyond its normal threshold metabolism takes a hit. Slow metabolism leads to higher numbers on weighing scale.
Decreased cognitive function – The mind needs to rest for proper functioning. Hence, if you are awake during the eerie hours of the night you will not be functioning well the next day.
Alternative therapies are known to cure insomnia better than conventional OTC medicines. As these therapies treat the root cause of the problems, they give a permanent solution instead of a temporary fix. Acupressure is definitely one of the most widely used alternative therapies for various ailments including insomnia. As this ancient Chinese therapy can be self-administered, it gives you double benefits of a permanent solution and a quick fix.
Here are acupressure points on your body that will help you to enjoy a good night’s sleep and keep insomnia at bay:
Spirit gate – This point is located on the crease of your wrist, right below the pinkie finger. Find a small, hollow spot near this point and apply circular or up and down pressure for 2-3 minutes.
Three Yin intersections – This point is located on your leg, just above your ankle. To accurately locate three yin intersection, count 4 finger-widths up your leg. This pressure point also stimulates the pelvic region and induces labour in case you are pregnant.
Bubbling spring – This point is located on the sole of your foot and is the space where the small gap appears when you curl up your toes inwards. It is recommended to practice acupressure on this point after lying down.
Wind Pool – This point is near the mastoid bones behind your ears. Apply circular or up and down pressure using your thumbs and breathe deeply as you do it.
A 2010 study involving 25 participants suffering from insomnia showed visible signs of improvement only within 5 weeks of acupressure therapy. Insomnia could be a consequence of other health conditions such as hypertension or it could be a primary ailment itself. Whatever the reason, it’s not something that should be overlooked or glorified. Insomnia needs to be treated like any other health disorder as chronic insomnia over a prolonged period of time will lead to other health problems such as weight gain and chronic fatigue.
Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.