It is a known fact that most Americans do not get enough sleep each night. If you are one of many who sleep for only four to five hours, then you will suffer both physically and mentally throughout the day. Six to eight hours is optimal for our body to stay strong against illnesses and fatigue. Lack of sleep can cause health problems such as a weak immune system, exhaustion, irritability, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, short-term memory loss, and more.
Unfortunately, we don’t always have a choice when it comes to the amount of sleep we can get. Insomnia is a condition that keeps a person awake for hours, even if they are lying in a comfortable bed. Those with insomnia have the wrong idea when it comes to treating this problem. They tend to turn to products that will help them fall asleep fast, though it would be much wiser to find out why exactly this condition is occurring.
Causes of Insomnia
Light is a major cause of this troublesome issue. When we are in the darkness, sleep hormones begin to produce to relax the body, but if you are staring into the light of your computer screen before bed then these hormones will not have a chance to produce. It is common for people listen to their thoughts as they fall asleep, though this could be what is keeping you awake. If you are thinking about worrisome and stressful situations, then the body will focus more on the mental stress of your thoughts rather than on sleeping.
Eating prior to bed is a huge mistake to make if you want to fall asleep quickly, especially if the food you consume is spicy as this will heat up your yang energy keeping yourself in day mode. Avoid sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, chocolate, and large amounts of liquid before going to sleep. If you must eat before bed, then try to do so at least two hours before sleeping and only eat a small snack such as yogurt or a piece of fruit.
Acupuncture for Insomnia
Traditional Chinese medicine is a common natural treatment for those with insomnia. Ancient Chinese texts state that yin is more prominent than yang during the nighttime hours. When our body is at rest, it regenerates and revitalizes itself to take on a new day along with our yang energy. This entire process is known as the yin and yang concept. There are several changes you can make in your life to boost the power these energies have to offer.
Natural Insomnia Solutions
Physical activity is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. There are many benefits that come from exercising with improved sleep being one of them. The body will go into a deep slumber as fast as possible when it has to repair torn muscles during the night. You will also feel a lot better than people who don’t exercise after waking up.
Relaxing and meditating before sleeping can be a great way to get the body into a bedtime routine. This will reduce the stress and worries you’ve accumulated throughout the day so that you can forget that as you lay down to rest. Another part of this routine is to make the room in a proper sleeping area. Dim the lights, quiet down any noises or get a fan to drown out the sound, and keep the temperature cool for an optimal sleeping area. Clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing will help you keep your mind from wandering off for hours. Another helpful tip is to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day so that the body knows when it is time to get into sleep mode.
Contact Dr. Laurie Binder for a Santa Monica Acupuncture appointment for natural resolution of sleep disorders.