Bid adieu to sleepless nights with these acupressure techniques

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Do sleepless nights bother you? Do you suffer from insomnia? Yes, it is possible to save yourselves from this sleepless condition.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for a longer time. This condition can be short-term (acute) where people endure shorter periods of sleeplessness compared to chronic insomnia where people struggle for months.

Insomnia leads to many health conditions since the person suffering from it is not able to give their body the minimum amount of sleep that is required for his/her healthy state.

If you are someone who suffers due to lack of sleep, acupressure can provide some relief irrespective of how often you have insomnia. Acupressure includes using physical contact to stimulate pressure points that lead to various aspects of physical and mental wellbeing.

Deep historic roots

Acupressure has historical origins in both India and China, which go back well over 5,000 years. There is some controversy over which area it originated first, but there is valuable historical evidence that confirms the use of acupressure and acupuncture therapy to help relax, treat sickness, and encourage well-being.

You could get the help of a doctor to do acupressure, or try on your own to stimulate the pressure points.

Let’s take a look at the four effective pressure points to get a peaceful night of sleep:

An Mian

An Mian
An Mian acupressure point

When it comes to acupressure, An Mian is a conventional remedy for insomnia. Some experts also recommend using this pressure point to relieve anxiety, vertigo and headache.

These points are on either side of your neck. Place a finger behind each earlobe to locate them, and move the fingers just behind the bony protrusion. While performing this, slight massaging is highly recommended.

LV3

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LV3 is another powerful acupressure point for treating insomnia and is also known as Tai Chong. It is positioned about two finger widths above the spot where the skin of your big toe and the next toe come together on your foot. Massage with firm pressure in the area for 4-5 seconds.

This acupressure point will help to regain sleep from unexplained insomnia, as well as stress and sleeplessness linked to anxiety, according to the researchers.

Yin Tang

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The Yin Tang point is one of the most powerful pressure points for beating insomnia. You can find this spot in between your eyebrows, just above the nose. According to researchers, applying pressure to this point can help alleviate insomnia and other problems, including anxiety, agitation and restlessness.

 KD3

Taixi
Taixi (KD3) acupressure point

KD3, also referred to as Taixi, can help to relieve insomnia. This point is located on the inside of the foot just above the heel.

According to the studies, acupressure at these points improve sleep quality in middle-aged and older adult participants with hypertension. It also helps to bring blood pressure down to stable levels.

According to the experts, “Acupressure points can target the specific ways your body needs balance, and when you’re balanced specifically to your conditions, you will sleep better.”

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