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Yesterday I wrote this article on ‘The Real Reason You’ve Turned into an Insomniac’ on my other blog, Afternoon Tea4Two, as I was chatting about a Bubble Tea delivery but I thought I would repost to my Sleep Sunday post for my regular Sleep Sunday readers.

Are you struggling to get to sleep at night? Have you tried counting sheep and you still cannot drift off? The importance of a good night’s sleep should never be devalued. Your sleep will dictate how you feel the following day and it can also have a huge impact on your health.

Insomnia is a very common symptom in this modern age. The best way to properly cure insomnia is to change to a healthy lifestyle so that the cognitive reasoning of the brain remains intact.

In order to rectify your sleep issues, you need to figure out why you are having them to begin with, so let’s take a look…

Are you feeling stressed? – In most cases, people struggle to sleep because they are feeling stressed out. Stress is something more and more people are experiencing today. Are your troubles keeping you awake at night? If so, you need to find ways to de-stress. From yoga to breathing exercises, find out what works for you. 

You have no sleep routine – Do you find that you could go to sleep at 9 pm one night and then the following night you are awake past midnight? If so, this is probably why you are struggling to get to sleep at night. Having a consistent routine is important. We’d recommend getting a bubble tea delivery and having a nice mug to de-stress before bed.You exercise close to your bedtime  – When do you exercise? If your workout takes place within three hours of your bedtime, it is a good idea to try exercising earlier in the day to see if

this has a difference on your ability to sleep. You may find that you are able to drift off with greater ease. This is because we are often filled with energy and adrenaline after exercising. 

Your mattress is not comfortable – If you are to get to sleep in an evening, you need to make sure your mattress is comfortable. This is the most pivotal part of your sleeping routine. There are no right or wrongs regarding what sort of mattress you should choose. After all, we all have different levels of comfort. You can read as many mattress buying guides as you want, but until you test a mattress you will never truly know if it is right for you or not. 

The temperature is wrong – In addition to the points that have already mentioned, another element that could have an impact on your sleep is the temperature in the room. This is especially the case if the room is too hot. After all, we all know how restless we can get throughout the summer months. Making sure the temperature is cool and comfortable is a necessity if you are going to get to sleep with ease every evening. 

You play games on your smartphone before going to sleep – Last but not least, a lot of people are guilty of doing this! If you are, then you have probably found the reason why you cannot get a good night’s sleep. It is really difficult to get to sleep after using technology because of the light. Not only does it impact your ability to go to sleep, but it has an impact on your quality of sleep too.

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To help you sleep, try some of these hand reflexology points.

The Spirit Gate point is located at the crease on your outer wrist, below your pinkie finger. Feel for the small, hollow space in this area and apply gentle pressure in a circular or up-and-down movement. Continue for two to three minutes.

The Inner Frontier Gate – this is located on the inner wrist, not far from where you’d measure your pulse, this pressure point for sleep is really easy and you will find it in the dip between the two tendons in your wrist. Gently apply a little pressure to your wrist with your thumb and you’ll notice two obvious tendons. The spot in between these two is the inner frontier gate.

You can keep applying pressure to it until you drift off asleep. Massage this pressure point with a circular motion for a few minutes before sleep. It may help to keep applying pressure without movement to help you slow down and drift off to sleep.

Another easy pressure points to locate, is the An Mian spot. It is the spot just behind your ear. It’s usually directly between your earlobe and the hairline that comes up the back of your neck. Using either your thumb or forefinger, massage this spot before sleep and you’ll quickly start to feel your heart-rate slow, readying you to drift to sleep.

The Pericardium 6 Inner pass point is another good one to try. Start from the wrist, measure down with three fingers and when your third finger touches the middle of your wrist press on this acupressure point.

Take your thumb and apply firm pressure to this point until you feel some mild discomfort. Only apply enough pressure to have some sensation but not too much that it causes pain. Hold this pressure point and gently knead your thumb in a tight circular motion for about 2 minutes. Do this to both wrists and you will feel your anxiety descend immediately. This point is also good for nausea.