Sleep & Rest
If you’re always feeling lethargic and cranky, chances are that you lack sleep and are running on overdrive.
Not only should you snooze for at least 7 hours, Chinese Medicine experts advise that you should go to bed no later than 10.30pm. This is because the period from 11pm to 1am is when your body (especially your liver) re-calibrates and repairs itself, and it can only happen when you’re in deep sleep.
You can see this in the Chinese Medicine Circadian Clock pictured.
Inadequate sleep is known to be very bad for our brain and heart health, from a Chinese Medicine perspective, long term lack of sleep or deep rest can have more detrimental effects on our health, creating deficiencies within the body systems which take a long time to restore and replenish.
So what are some tips to help you create healthy habits to allow your body to enjoy a good night’s sleep?
1. Swop your daily coffees for herbal tea. Try a caffeine break for at least 2 weeks and see how this makes you feel. Less anxiety and fatigue may be some of the more positive side effects, as well as better sleep.
2. Dress or cover yourself warmly in the evening if the air tends to be cooler where you live.
3.Before bed, try a warm foot bath or bath with magnesium salts.
4. Exercise daily. At least 30 minutes a day of movement will help move Qi or energy stagnation that may accumulate over the day, particularly if you sit at a desk for most of your day. Try Qigong, Tai Chi, with specific movements and breath designed to move Qi and energy that accumulates in the body, help your general vitality, and assist you to sleep much better.
5. If you struggle with sleep, avoid alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, and eating stimulating foods such as chillies before bed. Try gentle nourishing steamed foods and soups which are easy on the digestion.
6. Meditation. Practicing this simple exercise before you sleep for even 10 minutes before bedtime every night, you will notice the difference. Make it your daily habit.
7. Acupuncture. If you are a regular with Acupuncture, you know that post Acupuncture feeling well. 🙂
Book into your local practitioner for a session today.