Monday, October 5, 2009

Acupressure Points for Deep Sleep

All of us suffer sleepless nights once in a while. Did you know the pressure points that are used in acupuncture can also be used at home? Try these acupressure points the next time you find yourself tossing and turning at night.

Having trouble sleeping? Try these techniques from Steve Given, clinical faculty member at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the teaching clinic of Bastyr University:

  • Between your eyebrows, there is a small depression on the level of your brows, right above the nose. Apply gentle pressure to that point for a minute.
  • Between your first and second toes, on top of the foot, there is a depression. Press that area for a few minutes until you feel a dull ache. 
  • Imagine that your foot has three sections, beginning at the tips of your toes and ending at the back of your heel. Find the distance one-third back from the tips of your toes and press on the sole of your foot for a few minutes. 
  • Massage both of your ears for a minute. 

For more information about pressure points, make an appointment with a Bastyr Center for Natural Health acupuncture and East Asian Medicine team by calling 206.834.4100 or fill out our quick contact form.

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