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Get Help For Your Insomnia

Do you find yourself struggling to get through the day unable to keep your eyes open, just to be lying in bed late at night, unable to fall asleep wondering, exactly how a dragon can blow out his birthday candles?

Insomnia strikes 25% of Americans

Insomnia is a common issue that strikes about 25% of Americans every year. Recent studies have shown that insomnia is an equal opportunity problem. There were no trends related to gender, age, race, ethnicity, or even people of different income levels or BMI.

Of those that have battled insomnia, most of those had acute cases, meaning that the symptoms were not consistent or subsided over time. A tiny percentage of people had chronic insomnia associated with a severe sleep disorder.

Half of all cases are insomnia are related to your emotional health. Emotional issues such as high levels of stress, anxiety, or depression are a leading cause of sleepless nights. Other reasons that could lead to problems sleeping through the night are related to our daytime habits, such as diet, lack of exercise, and medications you are taking, including those you take to try to fight insomnia itself.

Instead of focusing on the negative reason why you may be up at night, let's discuss some of the positive things you can do to help yourself.

Meditation and Checking In With Yourself

Mediation is a great way to center yourself, and while you can fill a library with manuals of how to meditate, it is something you start right now. The best part about it is that you can do it right now where you are in just two minutes. Here are the basics.

Just sit. You don't need to be on the floor in a fancy position and your arms out. You can do it right where you are. Do it first thing in the morning before your day gets in the way, and even two minutes are hard to find.

Close your eyes, and check-in with yourself. How are you feeling? How does your body feel? How about your spirit? Be honest with yourself. If you are tired or anxious, acknowledge these feelings. You might tell those around you that you are fine when they ask, but you have to be truthful with yourself. Trust yourself to know how you are feeling. No one knows you better than yourself.

Start to breathe and count your breaths. Follow your breaths as they come in through your nose and fill your lungs. Breathe out and feel the air leaving your lungs and out into the universe. Breathe in again, a little slower. Do this about ten times just concentrating on your breaths.

As you do this, your mind will start to wander. When you catch your mind wandering, bring your thoughts back to your steady breathes and start counting again.

The point here is that there is no such thing as "doing it wrong." Just do it. Clear your mind and focus on the calm. Regardless of what thoughts or feelings come up, accept them as they come. Don't push them away. Accept them as you would your closest friends.

As you get more comfortable, extend the two minutes to four or five. Get to a point where you can give yourself the time you need. Start to notice your environment. Set up a peaceful space for yourself with soft lights and commit yourself to the journey you take. Become friends with yourself all over again. If you want to expand on a lifestyle, including mediation, there are different Taoist meditation techniques you can learn to expand your journey and your mind. It is an inspiring and liberating path to take if you choose.

We were talking about insomnia, right? Well, meditation will help you reset your mind and help you to slow down your thoughts and take control of your feelings.

What you Eat and your Medications can also cause insomnia

There are other parts of your life you should look at that might be contributing to your insomnia. Take notice of what you are eating and when you are eating. Are you eating a lot of sugary things that can cause your blood sugar to spike and crash? Are you regularly eating throughout the day, or are you just grabbing what you can, regardless of how unhealthy it is? What you eat directly contributes to so many parts of how your body functions. If you are eating poorly, especially late in the day, your body is not going to be ready to sleep regardless of how tired you are.

Take note of the medications, prescription or otherwise you are putting into your body. Some of these medications will help you get to sleep, but what kind of sleep is it? You won't get to the right levels of deep sleep needed to rejuvenate, and while you think you slept, you feel tired and off all day, leading to the vicious cycle of having to medicate to keep yourself up, then again to come down at the end of the day. From caffeine to over the counter sleep aids to strong prescriptions, all of these different chemicals are pulling you from one part of your day to the next. It is a terrible way to get through a day.

Acupuncture can help with your insomnia and the unlying emotional issues

Acupuncture is a way to help yourself recover from not only insomnia but the underlying emotional issues that contribute to it. Professionally and lightly administered acupuncture will restore balance to your body and spirit. Acupuncture is proven to alleviate pain, reduce stress and anxiety, help to give you a better night's sleep, and overall improve your emotional and physical wellbeing.

Call the office and set up a time to speak with Joseph and learn how acupuncture administered by a licensed practitioner in a calm and inviting environment can be both energizing and relaxing.

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