The new year is a perfect opportunity to reflect and use that knowledge as a catalyst for change. How about setting a goal to become the best possible person you can ever be this year? All of us have a lot to improve, strengthen, and resolve physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
In Chinese medicine, outer appearances are believed to reflect inner health. Inner health means balance, free flow of energy, and most importantly, peace with one self. Are you OK with yourself? If not, which part of you bothers you? Is it your health? Or is it your career? Or is it related to human relationship? What happened to the dream you used to have? Are you still pursuing those dreams with zeal, or have you been succumbed to the weight of life challenges?
It’s so important to remember that you CAN change any aspect of yourself, anytime, anywhere. It truly is up to YOU.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
Waking up too early in the morning
Feeling tired upon waking
Major Causes of Insomnia
Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, or moving)
Illness, pain, or discomfort at night
Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
Medications (notably those used to treat depression, asthma, or high blood pressure) may interfere with sleep
Interferences in normal sleep schedule such as jet lag switching from a day to night shift
Depression and/or anxiety
Millions of people suffer from insomnia these days. Sleep deprivation is the root of many health issues like memory impairment, a weakened immune system and stress that can lead to cardiac disease, heart disease and digestive disorders. Sound sleep is the foundation of good health. We need 6-8 hours of sleep every night to recharge our batteries. Practicing good sleep hygiene and keeping your body in sync with the rhythm of day and night can help your body cope with sleep deprivation and give it an opportunity to get stronger and heal.
We can address the root cause of insomnia by applying the yin-yang principle. In Chinese medicine, sleep occurs when the yang energy of the day folds into the yin energy of night time. Yin energy of the body is cooling and restorative; it is the time of day when our bodies turn inward and regenerate. Conversely, day time is yang, which is expansive. We expend the energy we have built up from the process of sleeping. This yin-yang principle provides invaluable tips to improve our sleeping patterns.
What to Do:
Keep your body and mind as much Yin as possible by following: Exposure to the diminishing light at dusk, eating your last meal at least three hours before going to bed, gentle and slow-moving exercise such as yoga or Tai-Chi, and Unwind your mind through meditation (Meditation is best practiced dung the day to help improve your sleep patterns at night.)
What to Avoid:
Cool your Yang energy down by avoiding hot and spicy food and drink. Avoid alcohol, coffee, chocolate and any other stimulants, especially late in the day. Excessive lighting at night, evening shift work, evening computing, video games, television, and late-night eating all serve to counteract the body’s natural rhythms.
Just like any other human health issues, insomnia can be caused by: improper diet, immunological challenges, heavy metal or chemical toxins in your body, and unhealed scar tissues. Fruits and vegetables, seaweeds, bone-marrow soup, foods rich in minerals, and Vitamin B Complex can induce peaceful sleep at night..
If you or someone you know suffers from insomnia, call today to see what Acupuncture and Nutrition Response Testing can do for you!