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Acupuncture and Insomnia

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If you are like many people today, you may suffer from insomnia. There are so many drugs and “sleep aids” that are touted as being helpful in managing this people.  But what many people fail to realize is that acupuncture can be an incredibly useful too in managing insomnia. Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep. Two powerful points in the ear can send you off to dreamland.

In our busy, hustle and bustle, always-moving lives, we rarely stop and take a moment. But having a routine in the evening is an important part of creating an environment conducive to sleep. Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Here are some known tricks to aiding in achievement of a restful night’s sleep.

Aromatherapy: Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to promote a deep, restful sleep. You can also add a handful of hops to the bathwater or place a small amount of dried hops wrapped in a cloth inside your pillow case. Hops are used to reduce restlessness during sleep. Putting a few drops of chamomile essential oil on your pillow just before bed has also been shown to be helpful. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom.

Relax your soles: Tap the soles and both sides of the feet gently with a hairbrush for five minutes, paying special attention to the point below the ball of the foot in the center, about one-third the distance between the toes and heel.

Evening snacking: If you choose to eat before bed, a light  snack should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. This combination increases the availability of tryptophan to the brain. Try eating a handful of almonds. A sliced apple with a few slices of cheese can also do the trick. Avoid large amounts of protein before bed, it may keep you from falling into a sound sleep.