Acupressure for insomnia is a simple technique that you can do for yourself at home. Let me show you some acupressure points you can start using today to help you sleep tonight.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing practice that uses finger pressure to stimulate specific points on the surface of the skin to encourage the body's own self-healing abilities.
When these acupressure points are pressed, it releases muscle tension, increases circulation and releases blockages in the body's life force, or Chi, to relieve symptoms and encourage healing.
According to Chinese medicine, an uneven distribution of energy within the body can lead to insomnia. So by pressing certain points, you can correct this imbalance and allow the energy to flow naturally.
The middle finger or the thumb are usually the best fingers to use as they are generally the strongest.
Press gently but firmly on the acupressure point so that you feel some discomfort but not enough to produce intense pain. You will know when you have hit the right spot as most acupressure points are tender. You can also gently massage the spot, but don't rub.
Apply constant pressure for about a minute, twice a day. And remember to do both sides of the body.
So with that, let's take a look at the best acupressure points to help relieve your insomnia.
There are two pressure points on the heel that have traditionally been used to relieve insomnia.
1. Joyful Sleep (K6 or Zhaohai)
This is a point on the inside of the heel, in a slight indentation directly below the ankle bone.
2. Calm Sleep (B62 or Shen Mai)
This point is on the outside of the heel, and is in the indentation directly below the outer ankle bone.
Acupressure to these points allows the body to relax deeply, promoting sleep.
You can apply pressure to both of these points at the same time by using the thumb to apply pressure to one point, and the middle or index finger of the same hand to apply pressure to the other point.
Be sure to repeat the procedure on the other heel.
3. Spirit Gate (H7 or Shen Men)
This point is on the inside crease of the wrist, in line with the little finger. You will feel a small hollow between the bones just to the side of the two tendons running down the inner forearm.
This point will help with insomnia, anxiety, nervousness and fear.
4. Inner Gate (P6 or Nei Guan)
This point is in the inner forearm, 2 inches down from the wrist crease toward the elbow and between the the two tendons that run down the middle of the forearm.
The Inner Gate relieves insomnia as well as other conditions that can disturb sleep, such as stress, anxiety, indigestion and nausea.
There are also a couple of other points that you could add to your acupressure for insomnia routine.
5. Sea of Tranquility (CV17 or Dan Zhong)
This point relieves insomnia caused by nervousness and anxiety, as it can induce instant calm.
It is on the breastbone almost in the centre of the chest. You will feel a small indentation that is very tender. While pressing or gently massaging this point, it is also beneficial to take some gentle deep breaths.
6. Third Eye Point (GV24.5 or Yin Tang)
This point is directly between the eyebrows in the space where the bridge of the nose and forehead meet. Be very gentle with this point.
The Third Eye Point relaxes the central nervous system to relieve anxiety and insomnia.
Be sure to continue practising your acupressure for insomnia on a daily basis, twice a day. You should begin to see results very soon. Keep up the practice for at least a couple of months to really help change your overall sleep pattern, and then use these points again whenever necessary.
(Please note that I am not a qualified acupressure therapist. The information I share here is based on my own research and experience in using acupressure for my own health.)
Discover more ways to help you deal with insomnia by going to my page at How to Sleep Better