5 useful Acupressure Points to Relieve Sleeping Disorders
Chronic stress, anxiety, and tension can create sleeping disorders. Here are 10 soothing acupressure points that treat insomnia and improve sleep.
The point B38 or Vital Diaphragm is one of the most important acupressure and acupuncture pressure points for treating sleeping disorders and promoting restful sleep. This point is located in the back at the heart level, between the shoulder baled and the spine. Stimulating this point helps in balancing emotions of stress, anxiety, grief and fear that hinder sleep and it is one of the widely used acupressure points for insomnia.
It also helps in treating coughing, respiratory problems and breathing difficulties. Place 2 tennis balls on the floor side by side and lie down on the balls so that they are placed between your shoulder blades. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for 1 minute.
Acupressure point P6 or Pericardium 6 is a well-known point of treating nausea and vomiting. This point is called the Inner Gate point, and it is located in the central point of the inner side of the forearm, two and half finger widths from the wrist crease. This is one of the effective acupressure points for sleep that relieves insomnia and reduces anxiety, indigestion, and palpitations – some of the common problems that hinder sleep.
This point is also beneficial for treating chest congestion, cardiac pain, depression, dizziness, asthma, cough, irritability, and malaria. This point can be stimulated by placing the right thumb on the inner side of the left wrist and pressing the point firmly for one minute and then pressing the point on the other hand.
H7 or Heart 7 is commonly used in acupressure for sleep disorders treatment. This point is also known as the Spirit Gate, and it is located on the inner side of the wrist crease, in line with the little finger. Stimulating this point helps in relieving insomnia caused by overexcitement, emotional issues, anxiety and cold sweat. It also relieves cardiac pain, palpitations, chest pain, epilepsy, and irritability.
This point can be activated by placing the thumb of the right hand on the wrist crease of the left hand and pressing the hollow in the crease for one minute and then switching sides.
B10 or Urinary Bladder10 is a famous acupressure point for treating headache, neck pain and dizziness. This point is positioned on the back of the neck, one-half inch below the base of the skill, on the muscles locates on the outer side of the spine. It is also one of the significant acupressure and acupuncture points for sleep that relieves insomnia, stress and exhaustion that also aids in relaxing and clearing the head and bringing thoughts to rest. It is also useful for treating shoulder pain, back pain, nasal congestion, sore throat and skin problems. In order to stimulate this point curve your fingers and place the fingertips on the thick muscles on the back of the neck. Apply firm pressure on the muscles of 1 minute as you breathe deeply.
Acupressure point GV16 or Governing Vessel 16 is yet another vital pressure point used in the treatment of sleep disorders. This point is also called the Wind Mansion, and it can be found in the center of the back of the head, in a large hollow under the base of the skull. This point helps in relieving insomnia and sleeping disorder caused by mental stress, palpitations, fear, fright, mania and suicidal thoughts. It also aids in treating earache, headache, throat swelling, eye problems, nosebleeds, asthma, chest tightness and spinal cord issues. In order to stimulate this point locate the hollow at the center of the base of your skull and place your middle fingers in this hollow. Tilt your head back and press firmly into this hollow for 1 minute while keeping your eyes closed and breathing deeply.
GB20 or Gall Bladder 20 is a popular acupressure point for relieving migraine, headache, blurred vision, low energy, fatigue and symptoms of cold and flu. This point is also called the Gates of Consciousness, and it is situated below the base of the skull, in the hollow between the two vertical neck muscles. 2 to 3 inches apart based on the side of the head. This point helps in relieving insomnia and disturbed sleep.
This point should be stimulated using the thumbs. Press your thumbs gradually and firmly under the base of your skull for 1 minute keeping your eyes closed and leaning your head back. You will feel an even pulse on the points.