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Chinese medicine tips for better sleep

Lack of sleep can seriously affect mood, concentration and health. Traditional Chinese medicine offers some tips for better sleep, it reported Radio China. You can use them the next time you’re tossing and turning in bed trying to fall asleep.

Why can’t we sleep?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, insomnia and other sleep problems are the result of an imbalance in the flow of Qi vital energy. Six of the 12 meridians along which it moves are defined as Yin and the rest as Yang. During the day Yang energy is in excess, while at night it is the peak of Yin.

Sleep problems are usually due to an imbalance between Yin and Yang. If you feel sleepy all the time, you probably lack Yang energy, and if you can’t sleep at night, you may have Yin deficiency, poor blood circulation, spleen deficiency, or you are under a lot of stress. Nightmares are associated with emotional imbalance or overeating.

Dietary changes

Add more Yin foods to the menu and limit Yang products because they activate the liver too much. To ease the stomach, avoid alcohol and caffeine, sweet and spicy foods that heat up the body. Replace them with healthier options such as soy products, fruits and vegetables.

A cup of chamomile or chrysanthemum tea will help you deal with excess heat in the body, calm the nerves and liver. Add a few goji berries as well.

Lungan (or dragon’s eye) is a fruit that improves blood circulation and promotes good sleep. They can be eaten fresh or as a tea, along with a few jujubes and goji berries.

Jujube seeds are also a popular Chinese medicine remedy for insomnia. They improve blood circulation and calm the mind. Make a tea from them and drink it before going to bed.

Tips for better sleep

Massage

Before going to bed, massage the An-mien point (安眠穴), whose name in Chinese translates as “restful sleep”. It is located on the neck behind the earlobe in a slight depression next to the bony prominence known as the mastoid process. Make about 100 circular massage movements with light pressure.

Massaging the Tai-chun point will help calm the liver. It is located on the top of the foot, in the hollow between the first and second toes.

Yin-tan is another point that will help you deal with emotions before bed. It is located in the middle between the eyebrows. Tapping into it will help you deal with fears, agitation, and anxiety.

Warm foot baths

Warm foot baths in the evening improve blood circulation in the lower limbs, warm the whole body, calm the nerves. You can add ginger or other herbs to the water for a better effect. Soak your feet for about 15-20 minutes or until you sweat a little.

Follow an appropriate regimen

Try to go to bed and get up around the same time. It is desirable to be in bed before 11 pm to give the liver time to do its work calmly. Going to bed late at night depletes the body’s energy reserves, leads to an imbalance in the flow of vital energy and emotions. In the morning, it is recommended to get up no later than 7 or 8 a.m. This will help you follow natural rhythms and provide you with a truly restorative sleep. You may not be able to fall asleep right away at first, or you may find it difficult to get up in the morning, but don’t give up. Your persistence and efforts will surely be rewarded.

Calm the mind before bed

When you are angry or frustrated, it is very likely that you will not be able to sleep. That’s why it’s important to calm your mind before going to bed. Find something to do that will arouse pleasant emotions and help you release stress, for example, listen to pleasant music, draw, do some light exercises or read a few pages. You might also try focusing on your breathing to deal with anxious thoughts.

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