Updated: Feb 1
A lot of people suffer from sleeping disorders. This article will look at sleeping disorders and the role of emotions in affecting our quality of sleep. Let us help you get better sleep.
Sleeping Disorders Arise from Imbalances of Yin and Yang.
In Chinese Medicine, sleeping disorders arise from an imbalance of Yin and Yang in your being. Your body and mind are not united. For example, when your body wants to rest your mind is active and wandering. When your body and mind are aligned a good night's sleep is naturally achieved.
We will further discuss the importance of sleeping at the right time and acupressure massage techniques that can aid the improvement of your quality of sleep.
The Right Time To Sleep Is Before 11 PM
There is a common misconception that it is healthier to sleep more. Not necessarily.
In Chinese Medicine, we believe that human beings are a part of nature, and therefore our actions should act in accordance with nature. When the sun is out, we should be active. When the moon is out, it is time for us to nourish and recharge.
When we act in the opposite way by staying up late or having issues with our sleep. Our nourishment system is broken. As a result, our body becomes exhausted. Imagine an overused engine. One that continues to work overtime for long hours with no rest. There comes a point where it simply burns out.
The key to sleep is to sleep at the right time instead of sleeping longer hours. The best time for us to fall asleep is before 11 PM. This is the time when our circulation enters the liver system; the engine of our body. When the engine is rested, it can recharge and function normally the next day.
Treating Sleeping Disorders and Emotions Based On Your Character
In Chinese Medicine, your character plays a role in determining how to treat your sleeping disorder. We divide people into three categories based on their character.
This group of people will usually have a high level of stress that they generate within themselves. They tend to hold onto a lot of anger and pent-up emotions inside of them. They typically refuse to show this anger to others and keep it bottled up. They are mostly well-behaved and find it difficult to relax and let go. When things are out of their control, feelings of irritability and frustration are triggered.
Physically, this group has a tendency towards the following characteristics: They experience constipation, high blood pressure, headaches, heart palpitations, bladder issues, and may develop an addiction to unwind.
Their sleeping pattern involves finding it difficult to fall asleep and getting back to sleep once woken up. We recommend these people to massage or tap the following acupoints for 30 seconds each and repeat the cycle a few times.
This group of people will also usually have a high level of stress but their stress is generated from anxiety and fear when things are out of control. They tend to live with a very tight schedule.
Physically, this group has a tendency towards the following characteristics: experiencing diarrhea, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, high blood pressure and may also develop an addiction to destress.
Their sleeping pattern involves finding it difficult to stay asleep. They are light sleepers who wake up easily. We recommend that these people massage or tap the following acupoints for 30 seconds each and repeat the cycle a few times.
This group of people usually set themselves high expectations and standards but when they can't be reached they become depressed. Showing no motivation, and eventually giving up.
Physically, this group has a tendency towards the following characteristics: showing weakness, fatigue, prolapse, and may develop an addiction to forget and escape reality.
Their sleeping pattern involves finding it too tiring to fall asleep and generally experiencing a mixture of tightness and weakness.
Understanding The Role of Emotions
We believe in looking at health in a holistic way. Our emotions and characters play a vital role in the types of treatments we receive and respond to
Your body is affected by negative emotions and stress. Your quality of sleep is tied to your perceived ability to handle the stress you're experiencing. Practicing mindfulness and meditation as a path to finding your inner peace can assist in helping you feel less overwhelmed.
You can also look to improve your quality of sleep with acupuncture treatments, as acupuncture can benefit the atomic nervous system to balance hormones.
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