According to the National Sleep Foundation, every week almost 60% of Americans suffer from insomnia-like symptoms. These symptoms include waking and not feeling refreshed, problems with staying asleep and the inability to fall asleep quickly. If you are experiencing insomnia-like symptoms, try acupressure for a good night’s sleep instead of taking sleep medication. Acupressure has shown to help insomniac sufferers fall asleep for longer and have a better quality sleep, according to a study in Milan, Italy at the San Gerardo Hospital.
Neiguan, or the inner gate, is a pressure point that helps with relaxation and to calm the spirit. Neiguan is one of the most effective pressure points to relieve sleep problems. It is a natural depression between the tendons in the hand and can be found by placing 3 fingers at the base of the wrist until you find the depression. The use of steady pressure will help you to feel less tight and more relaxed. For a night of continuous relief, try taping a kidney bean to the pressure point.
Shimien is the insomnia pressure point located at the bottom of the feet. Picture a line from each ankle bone to sole of your foot, the pressure point is just in front of the heel. Use a pen to find the intersection point of the lines on the sole of the foot. Apply pressure to this point to get relief from insomnia. It is the most tender spot on the sole of the foot, so be careful when applying pressure, it should not hurt if you are doing it right.
Shenmen or the spirit gate regulates pathways and energy to the heart. In her book “The Complete Guide to Natural Sleep”, Holistic expert Dian Dincin Buchman stated that the Shenmen is located where the base of the smallest finger intersects with the crease of the wrist. Apply pressure for 20 seconds with the thumb of your other hand. This will help to decrease energy levels and prepare the body for natural and effective sleep.
Anmian is the only sleep-related pressure point located on the head. The pressure point is located just before the ear, along the soft section before your neck muscles connect with your jaw line. To get the most out of this pressure point, use your index and middle finger and firmly press into the depression for 15 to 20 minutes. You should begin to feel relaxed, calm and sleepy.