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).
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:
Question: to help my research for further posts in the sleep series, what do you take to help you sleep? Do you feel refreshed in the morning?