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10 Sleep Tips Inspired By Chinese Medicine

Robert Piper
May 21, 2012
Robert Piper
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May 21, 2012

Lack of sleep leads to a whole host of possible health problems - such as heart disease, obesity, depression, and ulcers. It also reduces how productive we are at work. Here's ten simple tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine to enjoy better quality sleep.

1. Drink green tea instead of coffee in the morning.

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Drinking green tea on a daily basis is a lot better for your overall health than coffee. Green tea is very high in antioxidants. It has less then half the amount of caffeine then coffee has, so it wont keep you up all night.

2. Go to sleep every night at 10:30 P.M.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that 10:30 P.M. is the best time for a full cycle of sleep. Because at 11:00 the Qi in the liver regenerates itself, in Chinese medical theory the liver controls a lot of our emotions.

3. Do NOT drink very cold water.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine your body has to work extra hard to heat up the cold water you are drinking. So if you drink really cold water at night, your body is working on overdrive and it over-stimulates your body causing you to stay awake.

4. Walk around barefoot.

Walking around barefoot naturally balances the energy in the body. Being barefoot helps to clear your mind and naturally reconnect with yourself. In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that it massages the meridian points in the feet which are correlated with sleep

5. Get acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat insomnia in China. In China, it is one of the first treatments given to a patient to improve the quality of their sleep.

6. Self massage your feet.

According to Chinese medicine basic foot massages open up your meridian pathways and help you become more relaxed and calm.

7. Drink Chrysanthemum tea.

Chrysanthemum is a light yellowish flower that has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine for insomnia. In China, they drink it on a daily basis to help maintain a healthy liver.

8. Avoid over-stimulating food.

Hot peppers, alcohol, and coffee overstimulate the nervous system causing an imbalance in the liver, which will disrupt your sleep.

9. Block out all the light in your room.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, if you place your hand twelve inches in front of your face and you can clearly see it, then your room is not dark enough. Try to remove any electronics in your room that have bright lights, to make the room darker.

10. Meditate.

If you're tossing and turning in your bed, try to get up and meditate. You can even practice meditation while lying in bed by bringing awareness to your breathing. Focus on breathing from your abdomen, it will help bring your attention away from anxious thoughts.

Do you have any other tips for better quality of sleep?

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Robert Piper
Robert Piper

Robert is a speaker, writer, and author. His book is titled Meditation Muscle: America’s New Workout for the Mind to Increase Happiness, Build Resiliency, and Excel Under Pressure. You can find more info about him at his website.