I have recently had a few prolonged bouts of insomnia of the 2-hours-sleep-a-night-if-you’re-lucky variety. Sometimes this means strict measures are required. Here are a few which I engage in this type of situation!
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Another practice I find relaxing before I go to bed, is some gentle movement (designed to help shift attention from mind into body) called 'Qi Gong', in particular this simple exercise:
There are of course other tried and tested methods! These include keeping the feet warm (a personal favourite), which involves socks in warmer weather with the added dimension of the hot water bottle come November; ... a bath before bedtime … occasionally with lavender oil; ... or remembering all the good things about my day in preparation for some really sweet dreams!
In bed … I also love to use another acupuncture point called 'Heart Governor 6'. See the picture below. This is a wonderful point, recommended for insomnia, but also used for nausea and which for me is a wonderful switch: as though it turns the head off and drops me into that nether-land where I may actually just about drop off.
Enjoy! Sweet dreams :-)
Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ and is based on traditional Japanese massage. Combining acupressure, massage, flowing movement and joint rotations helps to disperse tension, reduce pain, promote relaxation and healthy functioning of the body systems (circulation, breathing, digestion etc.). Shiatsu therapists are guided by their experience & knowledge of physiology and traditional Chinese medicine and apply pressure using fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows and combine it with other techniques.
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