Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I have personally found the following suggestions for a better night's sleep helpful and have found that patients also sleep better after following the guidelines suggested by Traditional Chinese Medicine.
1. Get to bed by 11pm. In the hours from 11pm-1am the blood stored by the liver gets replenished. It is important to be asleep during these hours to ensure the ability to relax with translates to overall good health and thus good sleep. In Western Science the highest levels of growth hormone are regenerated at these hours.
2. Do some vigorous morning exercises after you wake each morning. In Chinese Medicine terms exercising helps to invigorate the yang at the appropriate time, allowing the yin (responsible for rest) to be strong at night when it naturally should be.
3. Set regular hours to fall asleep and wake. The body works on rhythms and habit. Establishing regular times for sleeping and waking makes it more likely that you will be tired once bed time arrives.
4. Establish a bed time ritual. It is important to give the body and spirit clues and associations that bedtime is approaching. Turn the lights down low for an hour or two before bed. Have only quiet activity like meditation or light reading. Entering into a yin mode of activity, turning inward and calming the spirit will allow you to fall asleep easier and sleep more peacefully.
5.Try the aid of acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbal Medicine. People report better sleep the night after having acupuncture treatments and various points are specifically intended to aid in sleep and release of anxiety and stress. Herbal formulas can be very helpful as well. Whether your problem is falling asleep, staying asleep or restless dream disturbed sleep, the Chinese Medical Pharmacy has a useful formula to suit your individual needs.
If you would like help with a sleep problem, give Kat Delse, L.Ac. a call at (707) 775-8311 or visit http://www,SantaRosa-Acupuncture.com to schedule a private session to get your sleep cycle back in harmony.