January 20, 2013

Acupressure tip to fall asleep quickly

When you are overstrained and exhausted either physically or mentally, you cannot fall asleep easily and quickly - it's a fact!  That was the case with me a few days back. On that day I had not only walked 4-5 kilometres but also read a deep philosophical book that I found intriguing.  I was feeling tired and it was around 10:30 PM that I decided to grab some shut-eye. An hour passed by and I wasn't getting any sleep. My eyelids were heavy and droopy and I felt  wooly-headed too but strangely sleep eluded me. Now this certainly wasn't the time for home-remedies such as hot foot bath or a  glass of  hot milk. So I just lay on the bed tossing and turning. After what seemed like a long time, I glanced at the alarm clock only to find that it was already quarter to two! Here I was wide-awake when almost half the world was in a deep slumber.

I should say that it was sheer agony to lie awake like this. I was feeling terribly irritated and restless. Now I could empathize with chronic insomniacs and their torment. I tried counting sheep!. It didn't help but made me more fidgety! countingsheep I then started chanting my favourite mantra for a while. This calmed me and my mind cleared a bit! What will make me fall asleep?? In a flash, I remembered about an acupressure practice that was supposed to relieve insomnia. I had read about it in a book Health in your hands (Vol 1) by Devendra Vora. It's a wonderful book with great tips and tricks to heal yourself and be your own doctor. The simple motto cited in the book is: If you feel pain, press it out! In one of my earlier posts, I have mentioned a simple exercise for gums from that book. Do read that too.


So I did  this acupressure point pressing for insomnia.

The method: You have to clasp your hands interlocking your fingers. Refer to the figure above.Then with the fingers of your left hand, press on the right hand and then with right hand fingers, press on the back of the left hand. Do this for 2 minutes. If you are suffering  from insomnia and sleeplessness do practise this for 2-3 times in a day.

Now I did this for around 2 minutes and within a few minutes I drifted to uninterrupted and peaceful sleep. When I woke up in the morning at 6:30 am, however I wasn't feeling too fresh. That was because I hadn't completed my quota of a minimum 8 hours of sleep. Yes, I am almost close to being a long sleeper and need at least 8 hours of sleep to feel fully rejuvenated.  I am glad I remembered the acupressure tip or else I would have had to spend the whole night with my eyes wide open staring at the ceiling.

third eye point in acupressure

As I didn't want to repeat the previous night's sleeplessness episode again, I religiously did the  acupressure thing twice in the course of the day and additionally I also pressed the third eye point as it is supposed to calm the central nervous system and relieve anxiety & stress. This point is the area in the indentation between the eyebrows where the bridge of the nose connects with the forehead. Refer to the figure above. That night, as soon as my head touched the pillow, I drifted to slumberland and the following morning I awoke completely refreshed and recharged.

(Guest Post by Smitha)

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  1. Fatima3:06 PM

    Acupuncture and acupressure are two natural, non-toxic methods of getting back to sleep for good. For those who are looking for insomnia help in this way, it is highly important to consider the professional you are working with.

  2. Holistic Health Expert3:15 PM

    the pressure point for sleep is found just below the front pad of the foot. Pressure is applied by massaging this center point with the thumb until a slight, comfortable pain is felt.mild pain sensations are an indication of energy blockages.The pain should gradually subside with continued pressure and massage. This technique can be performed for one to two minutes, once on each foot.

  3. Robert3:20 PM

    You just press on specific parts of your body, hold for a minute and presto... your brain begins to release chemicals that naturally bring the body into physiological state for sleeping.

  4. This tips are indeed really helpful. Great post, thanks for sharing.

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