Acupressure Points to Help You Fall Asleep

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In our modern world, filled with gadgets and busy schedules, sleep issues have become extremely common.


Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep.


Any of these nightime issues can lead you to feel tired when you wake up and lead to poor energy during the day. Poor sleep is linked to poor mood levels, work performance and overall quality of life. 


Regardless of how often you have insomnia, there are natural solutions to help improve improve your sleep. One of the main reasons patients seek out acupuncture at Modern Acupuncture is for insomnia caused by stress. We have a lot of experience treating insomnia and want to share some of the most effective Acupressure points that you can stimulate at home before bed to help you fall asleep. We recommend following the Acupressure health routine each night before bed and any time you have trouble staying asleep.


Heart 7 - Spirit gate


This effective stress point is located at the crease on your outer wrist, below your pinkie finger. Stimulating this point is often used for relaxation, quieting a busy mind, and help you fall asleep.


Before going to sleep:

  1. Feel for the small space in this area and apply gentle pressure in a circular motion.
  2. Massage for one to two minutes.
  3. Repeat on the same area of your other wrist.


SP 6 - Three yin intersection


SP 6 is one of the most commonly used acupuncture and acupressures points and is located on your inner leg, just above your ankle. In addition to helping with insomnia, simulating this acupressure point can also help with pelvic and menstural pain.


Before going to sleep:

  1. Locate the highest bony part on your ankle. Count four finger widths up your leg, above your ankle.
  2. Apply deep pressure in the muscles of this area, massaging with circular or up-and-down motions for 30 second to 1 minute.
  3. Repeat on the same area of your other leg. 


GB 20 - Wind pool


One of the most common points for sleep, stress and neck pain, this acupressure pointis located on the back of the neck. Stimulating this acupressure point is great for relaxing tight neck muscles caused by stress and excessive time on computers and phones. 


Before going to sleep:

  1. Find the point at the level of your ear lobes,  following the groove to where the neck muscles attach to the skull.
  2. Use your thumbs to apply a deep and firm pressure toward your skull, using circular massage to for 30 seconds.
  3. Massage one side at a time or both sides together.


Acupuncture and Acupressure have been used to improve sleep for thousands of years. At Modern Acupuncture, we are bringing the benefits of acupuncture and healthy lifestyle choices to you in our clinics and to be implemented at home.


Enjoy falling asleep and staying asleep with more ease!



Acupuncture Relieves Stress


Modern Acupuncture® is a natural stress relief solution and the leading provider of acupuncture in the U.S. The most studied theories show that acupuncture stimulates the body to release naturally produced “feel good” endorphins and stimulate the parasympathetic or “rest and digest” response in our body, alleviating symptoms associated with stress.


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