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You would be surprised to see how many people are suffering from insomnia ... Life would be wonderful if you could press a button at night to turn it off and finally sleep in no time without worrying of anything else?
According to Acupuncture.com, the pressure exerted on specific points can help improving the quality of your sleep and even to fall asleep faster!
Apparently, the Chinese have used this method for centuries and share their knowledge with whoever wants to hear it. So why not take advantage of it?
Several points of pressure can help you sleep better, but 3 points in particular seem to affect more sleep. Modern reflexology explains that the most commonly used pressure point is the LV3, also called the Grand Rushing. It is also considered a healing point for all problems.
This point is located between the bones of the big toe and that of the second toe. A firm pressure of 4 to 5 seconds is recommended.
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Besides LV3, Acupuncture.com confirms that point P6 also called the Inner Gate And the point K1 also called Bubbling Spring they are regularly used in acupressure to treat insomnia. The point P6 is at a height of 3 fingers above the wrist between the tendons. It is recommended to keep point P6 for five minutes and then release it.
The point P6 is at a height of 3 fingers above the wrist between the tendons.
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And point K1 is under your foot, see the picture below to locate it. Point K1 must be held for 30 seconds, released for five seconds and held for 30 seconds. Dr. Maoshing Ni of Acupuncture.com recommends repeating the process for five minutes.
Other tricks for a better sleep:
In addition to acupressure, theNational Sleep Foundation gives very good advice to reduce stress in order to sleep better:
- Have a routine to go to bed and when you get up. This helps break a cycle of insomnia
- Have a "relaxing ritual" before trying to go to bed: Take a warm bath or shower, read a book in bed, etc.
- Turn off your smartphone, computer, or any screens 1h to 2h before going to bed
- Do not take a nap during the day
- Don't drink caffeine: Coffee, tea, soft drink after 2am in the afternoon
- Avoid eating large meals in the evening
- Give yourself time to relax in the evening before going to bed
None of these actions can guarantee that when you lie down, you will sleep. But every idea can bring you closer to that restful night of sleep you are looking for. Maybe a little less "pressure" in life would be a good thing?