Dealing with Insomnia is all about honoring the natural Cycle of Living. Everyone knows that nature is all about cycles of rest and activity. In Chinese medicine, the active part of the cycle is known as “ying” and the restful part of the cycle is known as “yin”. Ideally, we need to have lots of activity during the day and to be very restful at night for optimal health.
Insomnia and Stress
Stress is not all bad. Stress plays an important part in our human development. The normal challenges that we face in our daily lives allow us to grow in a natural way. It is when the stress becomes too much for us that our natural cycle of rest is disturbed.
Every day, we have to deal with the effects of stress in our lives. Every day, the effects of the different stresses that we experience accumulate in our system. Every night our rest cycle repairs and rejuvenates our systems.
Here’s a great video of my favorite Beatle singing about one cause of insomnia:
The relationship problems that Ringo is all stressed out about aren’t the only cause of insomnia. Stress can take many forms, physical, emotional, psychological, etc.
So what can we do to restore balance in the cycle of rest and activity?
- Get to bed by 10pm
- Don’t eat any heavy foods after 7pm, or three hours before bed.
- Avoid computers, computer games, television, and anything that would stimulate you in the evening.
- So many tv shows are full of fear and violence. Don’t get me started on the computer games of today.
- Alcohol, coffee, chocolate are all simulants. Are these OK if consumed early in the day? If you are having trouble sleeping, it is probably best to give yourself a break from consuming them.
- Exercise – get out there, but take it easy.
- I personally prefer walking and cycling as great low impact physical activities.
- Overdoing exercise may actually have a stimulating effect on the body and may cause discomforts that could interfere with sleep, so take it easy.
- Stick to your chosen bedtime and be consistent.
- Make your bedroom a place for rest, not stimulation.
- Remove the tv, computers, iphones, etc. Don’t sleep with your iphone!
- Remove clutter and keep your bedroom clean.
- Keep you bedroom quiet and cool – Crack a windows a bit for fresh air
- Turn your clock around and don’t stare at it all night!
- Eating light soups is a great way to get great nutrition without overloading the system. Soup and stews are comforting and easy to digest. Chinese medicine encourages the use of warm foods.
- Dark vegetables like spinach, green beans, and spinach are good for you and have a quieting effect on the system.
- Meditation and Focused Breathing
- Whatever practice you adopt should have an overall relaxing effect.
- Just avoid effort and Relax!
- Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
- Acupuncture treatments have a calming and Balancing effect on the nervous system.
- Helps the flow of oxygen to the brain.
- Clears obstructions in the nerve channels of the system.
Want to learn more about how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you find balance in your life?
Call for a consultation. (401-847-8129) Dr D’Addio will help you craft a cusomized treatment plan for you.
Here’s to your health and well-being!