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| Surprising Pressure Points for Better Sleep
HealthLine – Insomnia is a fairly common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Having insomnia prevents many people from getting the seven to nine hours of sleep per night that experts recommend.
Some people experience short periods of insomnia for a few days or weeks, while others have insomnia for months at a time.
Regardless of how often you have insomnia, acupressure may provide some relief. Acupressure involves using physical touch to stimulate pressure points that correspond to different aspects of physical and mental health.
While you can have acupressure done by a professional, you can also try stimulating pressure points on your own. Read on to learn five pressure points you can try and find out more about the science behind using acupressure for sleep.
1. Spirit gate
The spirit gate point is located at the crease on your outer wrist, below your pinkie finger.
To treat insomnia:
- Feel for the small, hollow space in this area and apply gentle pressure in a circular or up-and-down movement.
- Continue for two to three minutes.
- Hold the left side of the point with gentle pressure for a few seconds, and then hold the right side.
- Repeat on the same area of your other wrist.
Stimulating this pressure point is associated with quieting your mind, which can help you fall asleep.
2. Three yin intersection
The three yin intersection point is located on your inner leg, just above your ankle.
To treat insomnia:
- Locate the highest point on your ankle.
- Count four finger widths up your leg, above your ankle.
- Apply deep pressure slightly behind your biggest lower-leg bone (tibia), massaging with circular or up-and-down motions for 4-5 seconds.
In addition to helping with insomnia, simulating this pressure point can also help with pelvic disorders and menstrual cramps.
Don’t use this pressure point if you’re pregnant, as it’s also associated with inducing labor. Read more at HealthLine.
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