Proper rest is essential for good health.
Sleeplessness, a sign of imbalance, can be damaging to the vital energy of the body and immune system. Your acupuncturist will determine the cause and appropriate treatment of the imbalance. You will be amazed at how a good night’s sleep can change your life.
With more rest your energy and focus improve, the immune system and your body’s ability to deal with stress are strengthened, and nagging health conditions resolve more easily. In Chinese medicine, sleep is seen as one’s yang energy moving inward to be enfolded by yin.
Sleep can be disrupted by pain, hormonal imbalances, digestive or cardiovascular disorders, anxiety, depression and many medications. This imbalance can interfere with quieting the mind when preparing for sleep, or result in sleep easily disturbed by light or sound, as well as restless, agitated or dream disturbed sleep. Our energy is ruled by the energy of the world around us and the rhythm of our days should naturally reflect the sun’s course. As the sun is setting, the ruling energy is that of yang (day) transforming into yin (night).
Those suffering from sleeplessness should be aware of the influences of universal energy and adjust their habits to better reflect this natural pattern. Stimulating food and drink including spicy foods, heavy meats, rich sauces, alcohol and caffeine should be avoided in the evening as should stressful mental
and physical work.
Meditation or gentle stretching and breathing exercises can help prepare the body for sleep. A tea of chamomile or valerian could be beneficial. For some, soaking the feet in warm water helps to draw the energy down from the head and quiet the mind. A gentle foot massage can relax the body and the mind. For more serious sleep disturbance, a personalized herbal remedy can be prescribed along with acupuncture treatments directed at restoring balance.
Children can also benefit from proper sleep. Chronic or frequent colds, ear infections, extremes of energy (highs and lows) throughout the day, can be brought into balance with good restful sleep. Lack of proper sleep eventually takes its toll. Those with chronic sleep disturbance will be truly grateful for the benefits they receive.
By Matthew Cassidy Lic.Ac.,R.Ac