Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and had trouble falling back asleep? Does this tend to happen between 1am and 3am? Does your body feel tired but your mind is racing?
You are definitely not alone. This is common among many people and can occur more often when we're under a lot of stress, either from being too busy or from worrying about someone or anything else that increases our stress level.
Acupuncture can help you break out of this sleep pattern while also improving the overall quality of your sleep. Regular treatment can help your body better manage stress so that you can rest deeper. Additionally, acupuncture can also relieve other symptoms of stress, including anxiety, low energy, headaches, digestive issues and muscle tension.
Additionally, there is a wonderful acupressure point for when you wake up in the middle of the night. It's located between the bottom of your breastbone and your navel. What makes this acupressure point so special is that all of the energy from all of the meridians converge at this point at 3am. This occurrence acts as a recharging mechanism for your body, so when the body experiences more stress, it is more difficult for the body to recharge, hence waking up at 3am or earlier when this recharge is gearing up.
If you find yourself awake between 1am and 3am, lay on your back and gently place your hands on the center of your abdomen between your breastbone and navel. If you want, you can have a small rounded crystal (clear quartz is a great option) under your hands or any smooth, rounded stone that you find calming. Make sure the crystal doesn't have any sharp edges so that you don't harm yourself accidentally.
Take a few deep breaths while resting in this position. If your mind is thinking about the day ahead or ruminating about something else, focus your thoughts on a place that you love, like the beach or the mountains. Think about what you see, smell, feel and hear—the more detailed your imagination, the easier it is for your mind to relax.
This technique takes practice, and don't be surprised if it's worked for you for a long time and then stops working for you. If that happens, it's definitely time to make an appointment for acupuncture.