The Technique To Help You Get To Sleep In Few Minutes.

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders around, affecting millions of people across the globe. Naturally, due to the importance of sleep, sufferers attempt various remedies, and this has led to a renewed interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Below, we take a look at five causes of insomnia, followed by one traditional Chinese technique, which experts claim can help you get to sleep in just 10 minutes.

Traditional Technique to Cure Insomnia

For those suffering from insomnia, one of the most effective strategies is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. In fact, advocates of the exercise insist that it can help you to get to sleep inside 10 minutes. A Harvard doctor called Andrew Weil has recently brought this to mainstream attention, but its origins can be traced back to China. The first step of the technique is to completely exhale through the mouth, making a "whoosh" noise as you do so. This should then be followed by a quiet inhale through the nose, as you mentally count to four. Once you have inhaled, you should then hold your breath for a count of seven. Finally, you should exhale through your mouth, again making the "whoosh" sound, to a count of eight. This then constitutes one complete breath and the process should be repeated until you have done four complete breaths. The breathing technique produces a feeling of relaxation throughout the body, which makes sleeping much easier.

1. Liver Qi Stagnation

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine believe that the liver is responsible for controlling the steady flow of "Qi", or energy, around the body. Indeed, the liver can be strongly linked to a person's overall health, due to its role in detoxifying the blood, and is often the first port of call it comes to solving sleep issues through TCM. According to Chinese theory, the smooth flow of Qi through the body has a stabilising effect on our emotions. As a result, when suffering from Liver Qi Stagnation, you may notice feelings of irritability, frustration, anxiety, stress or anger start to surface, and this can subsequently impact upon sleep quality.
Other symptoms related to this issue include abdominal pain, constipation, a poor appetite, pressure behind the eyes, headaches and tinnitus. It is believed that a number of foods can help to alleviate the problem, with garlic, cherries, sweet potato and peppermint tea among the most commonly cited examples.

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