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Do You Suffer From Insomnia? Use Acupressure Therapy For Relief

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Acupressure or pressure points therapy for treating insomnia works wonders within a few days. To get relief from insomnia all pressure points related to the brain, nervous system and digestive system need to be given pressure as in figures 1 to 10, and 15 &16, as I have outlined in my hub "Pressure Points Therapy for Migraine and Headaches". The link to this hub is given below.

My Hub on Migraine & Headaches

  • Pressure Points Therapy For Migraine And Headaches
    Acupressure or pressure points therapy is a simple and effective alternate therapy to get rid of many health issues, safely. Learn about the acupressure points for migraine and headaches in this article. Read on for more...

Read about Acupressure and Pressure points in my hub below

Apart from this pressure needs to be given on all points related to the endocrine glands as in figures 11A & 11B and those related to the diaphragm and solar plexus as in figures 12 as both these are also related to sleep in some way or the other.

It is best to press all the points in the hands and feet whether there is pain on pressing or not. Along with the points behind the neck and on the shoulders as in figure 1, the points located on either side of the spinal column and running parallel to it ( see figure 13), need to be pressed from top to bottom with the thumbs, as seen in the above figure. Repeat the pressure on the back 3 times. Doing this will improve the functioning of the nervous system and one will be able to get sleep without the aid of sleeping pills.

Apart from applying pressure on the points on the thumbs, toes and fingers of both the hands and feet as shown in figures 3 to 6, the channels in the hands and feet, (see figures 7 & 8 above), also need to be massaged.

Next, clasp the fingers of both the hands as shown in figure 14 and pull and release the skin on the back of the hand, alternately. This also releases the tension of the nervous system and brings on sleep. Massage of the hands with a comb before going to sleep also relieves nervous tension and if performed daily for some days before going to bed, aids in bringing on sleep.

Another point is located on the inside of both the wrists as shown in figure 17. Apply pressure for some seconds daily on this point.

It also benefits to press a few pressure points on the stomach and abdomen as shown in figures 18 & 19.

Some Rules For Getting Sleep Naturally

Along with acupressure, it is necessary to adopt certain natural rules to get relief from insomnia like:

  • Early to bed and early to rise is a very apt saying and should be practised.
  • Take rest during the day, don't sleep.
  • Do not take sleeping pills. They are habit-forming.
  • Have dinner 2 to 3 hours before bedtime and always eat less than what will fill you up.
  • Take a walk for a few minutes after dinner.
  • Dinner should be light of vegetables, fruits and milk, and avoid spicy food at night.
  • Avoid tea, coffee at bedtime and also smoking and drinking. Instead, a cup of warm and mildly sweetened milk is beneficial in bringing on sleep.
  • Excess salt consumption is also one of the causes of insomnia.
  • Wash the face, hands and feet before going to bed.
  • Autosuggestion in the form of asking the body organs to go slow as it is time to sleep also works by slowing down the nervous system and brings on sleep.

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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 13, 2018:

Peggy acupressure does work if done religiously for several health conditions. Thank you for saving this article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 12, 2018:

I am going to pin this article to my health board so that if I ever need this information it will be easy to find. I have used acupressure points for occasional headaches and it seems to work. Fortunately, I do not often suffer from insomnia. Thanks for writing this.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 02, 2014:

Hady Chahine, thanks for stopping by.

rebecca, happy you like the info. Acupressure does work. I appreciate your comments. Thanks.

heidi, I hope you can find relief with this. Thanks for stopping by.

Crystal, I hope it works for you. Thanks for visiting.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on April 01, 2014:

I have trouble sleeping, so this is interesting infrmation. I have also tried pressing the spot between the thumb and pointer finger to relieve a headache.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 01, 2014:

I will have to try this the next time I can't sleep (which happens off an on). I'm always for anything that doesn't use drugs to achieve health benefits. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 01, 2014:

I have never really participated in acupressure, but I find it very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. Great drawings and explanations!

Hady Chahine from Manhattan Beach on April 01, 2014:

Acupuncture does help to combat insomnia! I have a friend who is a paraplegic and he swears by it. In past this individual suffered from bouts of nerve pain while he attempted to sleep, but via consistent acupuncture treatments flare-ups have subsided a great deal. Of course, however, these treatments works best when certain lifestyle changes are also incorporated, as suggested in the hub article.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 07, 2013:

Thelma, glad you are benefiting from acupressure. Appreciate the bookmarking, sharing and visiting.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 07, 2013:

Great information as always Rajan. I´m doing acupressure every now and then to relax myself and to sleep well at night. It really works. Thanks for your drawing and I´ll bookmark this for anytime to look at if ever I forget something. Voted up and shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 17, 2012:

Marlene, autosuggestion is a very powerful affirmation tool that works wonders. Of course you will benefit with these pressure points. Autosuggestion enhances the benefits.

Thanks for coming by.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 17, 2012:

I'm actually going to try this technique for my insomnia. I also like your additional suggestions, especially the one about auto suggestion. I never thought about doing that, but I bet it really works. This is a very useful hub. I look forward to a good night's sleep. Thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2012:

Thanks Christy. I'm glad you like the info. I appreciate the sharing and thanks for the visit and vote.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2012:

I always try to eat dinner a few hours before bedtime. That way my food can settle. Great and useful tips as always Rajan. I am sharing with my followers and vote up too.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2012:

@ Mycee - I'm sure it'll work whenever you need it. Thanks for dropping in.

@ Aurelio - It is safer than pills and is not addictive. Thanks for reading and voting.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 02, 2012:

As I sometimes suffer from insomnia, I'll give this treatment a try. I like it better than putting potentially addictive pills inside me. Voting this Up and Useful.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on December 02, 2012:

might try this sometimes when i can't sleep..that;s why im no no on softdrinks.insomnia is my worst nightmare!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 01, 2012:

@ Bill - I'm glad you avail these benefits in yoga and thanks for appreciating. your comments are always motivating. Thanks.

@ Carol - thanks for the big compliment and I'm honored by your bookmarking. I appreciate your visit and sharing and the votes as well. Thank you.

@ Nell - I'm glad you like these rough sketches as I'm not very good at them. Thanks for the compliments and it is good to learn you found the hub useful. Thanks for reading et all.

@ Keala - Aloha, my friend! All these praises humble me. Glad to provide some helpful hints. Thank you.

@ teaches - thanks very much. Your appreciation means a lot. Thanks for stopping by.


Dianna Mendez on December 01, 2012:

I have a friend who love acupressure for ailments and stress and she loves the treatments. I like your natural suggestions here, very good advice.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on November 30, 2012:

Thank you, Rajan Jolly, for yet another brilliant and industrious health article. Admittedly, I struggle with insomnia, and by reading your article, I clearly see things I'm doing wrong and/or could implement in my lifestyle. Very insightful and helpful!

Nell Rose from England on November 30, 2012:

Hi Rajan, I am a great believer in acupressure, so this is great. I also love your little sketches showing the right pressure points, really useful and helpful, voted up and rated, nell

carol stanley from Arizona on November 30, 2012:

Great information here. I often fall asleep easily but don't always stay there. I am going to bookmark this as a reminder each night. You covered the topic so well and I am voting up (of course) and sharing on facebook as I feel this valuable for so many people.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 30, 2012:

Great information my friend. I do some of the pressure point in yoga and it certainly does relax me. This is a wonderful hub, as all of yours are.

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