July 23, 2004
Keep it SIMPLE Tip:
Acupressure for Insomnia
Getting a good night’s sleep is a major issue
for millions of women during perimenopause, after menopause, and
in their older years. One of the major culprits is hot flashes:
sudden and intense episodes of warmth that women experience around
the time of menopause. When hot flashes recur during the night,
sleep is often disturbed. Many women wake up from a sound sleep,
sweaty, hot, and unable to go back to sleep.
Sleep deprivation takes a heavy toll. Without
enough restful sleep, a woman feels like she’s dragging through
the day. She’s less sharp mentally, less productive, and more vulnerableboth
emotionally and physically. Over time, insufficient sleep can weaken
a woman’s immune function and make her more susceptible to illness.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep,
wake frequently once you fall asleep, or wake up earlier than you
want to, try using acupressure to relieve insomnia. Acupressure
is based on the traditional Oriental belief that the body contains
a life energy (the Chinese call it chi). This energy runs
through the body in channels called meridians. When this energy
isn’t flowing properly, disease occurs; when normal energy flow
is restored, the body is able to heal itself.
Acupressure is closely related to acupuncture.
Both are used to restore the proper flow of chi. But unlike
acupuncture, which requires needles and can only be done by a trained
practitioner, acupressure uses the application of gentle finger
pressure to specific points on the skin, and you can do it yourself.
The two acupressure points traditionally
used to relieve insomnia are the Spirit Gate and the Inner Gate.
Both are located on the inner wrist, so you can easily reach them
yourself. The Inner Gate is located in the middle of the inner side
of the forearm, two and one-half finger widths from the wrist crease.
The Spirit Gate is located on the inside of the wrist crease, in
line with the little finger. Pressure on these points helps balance
and calm the heart, alleviate anxiety, and promote sound sleep.
Start by applying pressure to one point and then the other. You’ll
soon learn whether you get the most benefit from pressing both points
or only one.
Applying pressure to these points while you’re
asleep can also help assure restorative, uninterrupted sleep. In
the United Kingdom, pharmacists sell an anti-insomnia kit: a disposable
cone that is fixed to the correct acupressure point on the wrist,
and can be worn all night. You can make your own kit by simply taping
a dry beanlike a kidney bean or pinto beanto the point
you want to stimulate.
Read More on Perimenopause:
Quiz: Is it Menopause or Perimenopause
Estrogen and Progesterone Are Normally
Checklist for Estrogen Dominance
Keep it SIMPLE Tip Acupressure for Insomnia
Diet for Combating Estrogen Dominance
Nutritional Supplements for Estrogen
Nutritional Supplements to Promote Progesterone
Other Power Supplements for Perimenopause
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