The pandemic has undeniably affected our quality of sleep. Mood and sleep disorders have increased since the onset of the pandemic. Regular hours and daily rhythms have been disrupted by the changes in schedule many of us have had to make as well as increased stress in our lives.
Ideally, most people need between 7-9 hours nightly of quality sleep. Keeping a regular sleep schedule is important for deep, restful sleep.
SLEEP AND CHINESE MEDICINE
According to Chinese Medicine and the flow of qi in the meridians, eating too late in the evening will disrupt your sleep schedule and digestion. From 11 PM-1 AM is Gallbladder time and 1 AM-3 AM is Liver time. It’s common for people to report waking during these times. Eating too late in the evening means that instead of using energy to renew and refresh the digestive organs and body, energy will have to go to digesting food. When we eat too late or eat heavy foods or spicy foods, we can see sleep disturbances such as poor sleep, vivid dreams or even nightmares. Alcohol and caffeine also tend to disrupt sleep.
Acupuncture can help to regulate your circadian rhythms and reduce stress, but it can’t make you change lifestyle habits that are contributing to a lack of sleep.
TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are helpful to manage stress and sleep issues. At ilumina Healing Sanctuary, we treat sleep related issues and stress. To schedule a consultation and appointment, give us a call at 602.957.2602.
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