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This week on Sleep Sunday we are writing on understanding insomnia. I received an email from Sleep Hubs International Sleep Charity who are hosting a FREE event on Zoom on the 22nd July between 12-1pm, with professor Jason Ellis.

About the Talk –

During this talk Professor Ellis will introduce us to Insomnia Disorder. Starting with a brief history, the talk will go on to outline the current diagnostic criteria for insomnia. Following, we will be introduced to the theories and models of how insomnia both develops and is maintained, whilst examining the literature as to whether this is the case. Finally, Professor Ellis will provide a brief overview of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the first line management strategy for insomnia.

If your interested then head to this link to register.

Dr. Ellis is a Professor of Sleep Science and Director of Northumbria Sleep Research in the United Kingdom. He is a qualified Somnologist – Expert in Behavioural Sleep Medicine from the European Sleep Research Society and a Practicing Psychologist under the HCPC. He splits his time between his basic research interests: the pathophysiology of sleep disorders (Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, and Circadian Rhythm Disorders) and his applied work on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

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There are so many products on the market to help you sleep better, but have you tried specific mats or pillows for pain which can also help you sleep.

Acupressure Mats and pillows will not only help alleviate pain but will also help you to sleep. Warmth that radiates from the mats will help you relax and relax all your muscles at the same time.

Healthline wrote that acupressure mats themselves haven’t been studied extensively for their potential benefits. Since these mats work similarly to acupressure and acupuncture — by stimulating pressure points along the meridians of the body — they may provide the same or similar types of benefits.

The main difference is that acupressure mats stimulate many acupressure points indiscriminately, as opposed to targeted acupressure or acupuncture treatments provided by a professional.

There are lots to choose from with a million different google reviews on each one so finding the right one to work for you is a bit like a needle in a haystack. I have tried numerous and my five star vote would go to Yoke Wellness Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set – Poke Free, 100% Organic, Massage, Spike Mat for Anxiety, Stress and Insomnia Relief. Full Body Mat for Back and Neck Pain with Free Tote Bag.

Acupressure mat users have reported finding relief for the following conditions:

A few tips for using the mat are to use it often. Do not just give it up after the first use. Start out with a layer of clothing between you and the mat but to get the full benefit try lying on it naked.

Lie down gently and do not move around on it much while lying on it. Just spend around 10/15 minutes on it before you go to sleep then take the mat out and sleep on your normal mattress. The Yoke Wellness Mat was designed on the premise that ‘Self Care us Soul Care’ and is made of 100% bio degradable packaging. It has eco friendly coconut fiber filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension.

It has eco friendly coconut fiber filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension.

Probably the best place to look for these mats is on Amazon as you can easily check out the reviews.