Sleep :: Winter is the most yin season. Yin has a cold, slow, dark, soft, and introspective quality. This time of year, it's beneficial to slow down, reflect, take naps, and rest more to be in harmony with nature. Here are some tips for more restful sleep:
1. Eat dinner 2-3 hours before bedtime. The body needs a few hours to digest a large meal. Eating earlier can help make sure the body is not busy digesting and can focus on rejuvenating organs during sleep.
2. Minimize screen time 2-3 hours before bedtime. Electronic screens emit artificial blue light that can interfere with circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin. Staying away from your phone, computer, and television can be helpful.
3. Sleep routine to wind down. Establishing a routine entrains your body to relax and prepare for sleep. This could be making a cup of tea, doing gentle stretching, taking a bath, reading a book, or meditating.
4. Write down your thoughts. For overthinking and anxiety, writing what's on your mind down on paper before bedtime can be helpful in shifting repetitive thoughts so that you fall asleep with a clear mind.
5. Use essential oils. Putting essential oils like lavender or ylang ylang in a diffuser creates a relaxing aroma in your bedroom. You can also use essential oils topically or in a bath. The Luminae Wellness Oil blend Dream is perfect to support you in dream state.
6. Deep breathing. Taking deep inhales and deep exhales puts the nervous system into the parasympathetic state so you feel more relaxed and have an easier time falling asleep.
In Chinese Medicine, insomnia is a symptom with various possible root causes, so the treatment varies depending on the individual. Insomnia could be experienced as difficulty falling asleep, waking through the night, waking at a specific time during the night, not having deep sleep, or waking up too early in the morning. If you are having trouble getting a restful night sleep, come in for acupuncture treatment to help balance your body.