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Sleepless Restless Nights can cause Anxiety...

Posted by Tabitha Fennell on 3 March 2016
Sleepless Restless Nights can cause Anxiety...

Not sleeping on a regular basis can cause us to have anxiety, and when you're pregnant, you need all the sleep and calmness you can get.

It is natural to wake several times a night for a toilet stop, but getting back to sleep should be easy.

When you're pregnant your body feels more heated than usual, so this extra heat in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory can keep us awake. It doesn't let our mind shut down to calm the heart. When this goes on for too long the body's sleep clock gets all messed up and your body starts to produce hormones at the wrong times, keeping you awake, tired and giving you a feeling of anxiousness.

How acupuncture works...

Acupuncture releases and clears this heat allowing your mind and heart to connect, this then lets you settle and sleep. If there is anxiousness then your kidneys will produce too much adrenalin and cortisol which keeps you alert, awake and on edge. By supporting and calming your adrenal glands, this will calm your central nervous system allowing you to relax and fall asleep. Yin Tang is an amazing point we use that actually helps reset your Pineal gland that is in charge of your sleep/wake process. This point is located between your eyebrows and massaging it can also help. Acupuncture works on balancing all of your systems within your body and when this happens you will sleep better and feel calmer.

Tips...

Lavender on your pillow, in a steam diffuser or oil burner at the later part of your day/night.

Chamomile tea to drink around dinner time and enough gentle exercise throughout your week, as sometimes if we don't move enough and disperse that built up energy this can cause us to lay awake at night.

Listening to a whole body relaxation pod cast can help relax us enough to fall asleep. You can get these as free apps.

Don't just lay there awake, sometimes reading, legs up the wall or doing something creative can shift the energy enough for you to sleep.

 

Like I said, waking up throughout the night is also natures way of preparing us for breast feeding and motherhood. But if you're not getting off to sleep or just generally can't get back to sleep after waking in the night, then acupuncture is for you.

Best, Tabitha

Author: Tabitha Fennell
About: Acupuncturist and Director of Studio Qi
Tags: acupuncture anxious stress worried insomnia restlessness sleep

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