This is the first of a series of posts with tips on getting a better night sleep.
Acupressure for Sleep
This post will help you to locate 3 acupuncture points that may help you sleep. Recent sleep research using acupuncture at these points was 84.1% effective, compared to a benzodiazepine pharmaceutical medication at 59.7% and 25% for the control group (read more). This research used mock acupuncture for the two non acupuncture groups, so is unlikely to be explained by placebo effect. It is somewhat mysterious why it does work though, within a Western medicine paradigm.
Rub these points with the end of a pen, your finger or tape a seed to the right place. Do it either for a few minutes before bed or 3 shorter times through the day. Please let me know if you notice an improvement!
Anmian or Peaceful Sleep (EXHN22)
When I used to go to acupuncture every week I’d ask specifically for this point because I noticed the difference in my sleep. It is a little hard to describe where it is. Feel under your earlobe, there’s the big mastoid ‘bump’, there’s a smaller bump underneath that and this point is in the middle between them (see coloured dot or here):
Shen Men or Spirit Gate (Heart 7)
This is well known as a calming point. Find it on the crease of the wrist in the depression of the radial side of the tendon:
Sanyinjiao or Three Yin Intersection (Spleen 6)
This point is frequently used in acupuncture (though not to be used in pregnancy as may induce labour). The point is one hand-breadth above the inner ankle bone, in the tender spot on the bone border which is closer to the back of the leg: