Chronic stress, anxiety and tension are the leading causes of insomnia and sleeplessness among adults. Acupressure and reflexology can prove to be a healthier alternative to popping pills and can positively affect the quality of sleep, as stated by a study in Milan, Italy at the San Gerardo Hospital.
The fundamental belief behind acupressure for insomnia is that energy flows through the body through the various energy meridians. Due to the effects of stress, this movement of energy becomes obstructed. Acupressure therapy helps distribute the energy throughout the body and relax the body.
There are four such acupressure points for quick sleep that you can stimulate to be out like a light.
Neiguan, or Inner Gate, is one of the best points to press for sleep and relaxation. This point is also called P6 or Pericardium 6. To find the Neiguan point, place 3 fingers at the base of the wrist and feel for a natural depression. There is a depression between the tendons in the hand that can be an effective insomnia cure. Press this point, applying steady pressure till you feel stress start to melt away and you get more relaxed. If you would like to sleep like a baby into the night, try to keep continuous pressure on the point by taping a kidney bean onto it.
If you are practicing self acupressure for insomnia, Shimien is your best buddy located at the base of your foot. Locate this acupressure point for insomnia by drawing a line from the ankle bone to the sole of your foot. This point is located right in front of the heel. You can actually take a pen and draw first to pinpoint the exact point where these lines meet. It should be a very soft spot but pressing it should NOT hurt you if you are doing it correctly.
Shenmen is one of the points to press for sleep, which is also known as the Spirit Gate, H7 or Heart 7. It is said to control the pathways to the heart. In her book The Complete Guide to Natural Sleep, Holistic Expert Dian Dincin states that the Shenmen is located directly below the base of the smallest finger, near the crease of the wrist. Use the thumb of your other hand to apply constant pressure for about 20 seconds. This will your energy levels wind down slowly and soothe you into restful slumber.
Anmien, the serene sleep pressure point, is situated on the head. Find this pressure point for sleep at the base of the skull just behind the ear, along the soft place where your neck muscles connect to your jaw line. Make sure to maximize on this pressure point by applying steady but gentle pressure with your index and middle fingers into the hollow. Within 15 to 20 minutes you should start to feel calm and heavy-eyed.