As I sit here typing away, I reflect on my nights’ sleep, insomnia plagued me. As a parent, it is often interrupted. Sometimes worries wake me in the middle of the night and I struggle to fall back asleep. Other times I am wide awake and cannot fall asleep. Or I toss and turn, constantly waking many times throughout the night. I have experienced it all. However, I am fortunate as it is fleeting and I generally have a great night sleep and wake refreshed, jumping out of bed to meet the day. I have an insomnia tool box that includes Chinese herbs and acupressure points.
Insomnia has wide reaching effects in our life when we suffer from it.
Not having enough sleep effects your resilience in dealing with everyday stresses, it can cause you to become more emotional, grumpy. It can affect your ability to concentrate and attitude to life. You can experience fatigue, lack of motivation, anxiety and fogginess in the head. Of course the symptoms can be endless.
What can you do to have a peaceful night sleep?
- Turn off the screens a few hours before bed. Light effects your body’s biological clock, known as the circadian rhythm. Exposing yourself to blue light from the screens of computers, TV and phones and tablets at night can effect how well you sleep.
- Spend time in sunlight during the day. Not only is it good for your health to get a dose of vitamin D, it also helps you sleep better at night.
- Avoid drinking fluids late at night to help prevent a toilet trip in the wee hours of the night.
- Drink Chamomile tea. One of the benefits of Chamomile tea is to aid sleep. It also has the added bonus of helping to alleviate stress.
- Try a course of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
One of the steps that can be taken to improve sleep quality is a course of Chinese herbs and acupuncture at Mei Hua Chinese Medicine Clinic. Let Chinese medicine be a tool for you to achieve a sounder, better quality sleep. In Chinese medicine, the inability to sleep well is seen as an imbalance in the body that needs to be re-balanced.