With so many Americans who suffer from insomnia, would not it be great if you could press a button and fall instantly? According to acupuncture.com, applying pressure on key points can help improve sleep quality and drive insomnia. The Chinese have used this practice for centuries and freely share the technique with those who want to learn.

What points would we press to have a better sleep?

There are many pressure points in the human body, but three of the top seem to affect sleep.

Modern reflexology explains that the point commonly known as …

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LV3 is considered to be the “healing point of all problems” including insomnia. This point is located between the thumb and the left, on the top of the foot. Maintain firm pressure at that point for 4-5 seconds.

Besides LV3, acupuncture.com says P6 (Inner Ward) and K1 are also used in the acupuncture to get rid of insomnia. P6 is 3 fingers above the wrist, between the tendons.

K1 can be found on the bottom of the foot at the center of the tread depth.

How to use them?

The recommendation for P6 is to keep it pressed for five minutes and then release it. K1 must be kept for 30 seconds, left for 5 seconds, then hold for another 30 seconds. Dr Maoshing Ni on acupuncture.com recommends repeating the process for 5 minutes.

What else can you do for a better sleep?

Besides acupressure, the National Sleep Foundation gives other practical tips for trying to ease stress and get a better night’s sleep. Having a set bedtime and wake time keeps your body in a routine. This helps with breaking an insomnia cycle. Having a “relaxing ritual” before trying to sleep and avoiding taking naps during the day also benefits those who have trouble sleeping at night. Other things to avoid at night are drinking caffeine and alcohol, eating large meals before bed and smoking cigarettes. Giving yourself time to wind down before you try to sleep is a must, and if you can’t fall asleep, the foundation recommends that you go somewhere else and do something else until you feel tired.

None of these actions can guarantee that when you go to bed, you will sleep. But each idea may bring you one step closer to that restful night’s sleep you are looking for. Maybe a little “pressure” in life can be a good thing.

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