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Eating too late, too fast or too much for dinner may cause stagnation of food, which could give rise to sleep discomfort that is accompanied by stomach bloatedness, epigastric distension or acid reflux. Avoid eating food that is difficult to digest during dinner.
Your body works in accordance with a biological clock that governs your activities and rest. An adequate amount of rest or sleep is crucial to maintaining internal harmony. It enables Jing, Shen and Qi to flow smoothly in your body and helps to recharge and enhance immunity.
Stimulant drinks, such as coffee, tea, soda, chocolate or other forms of energy drinks should be avoided.
These types of food are difficult to digest and would hence affect sleep quality. Avoid taking greasy foods, beans, corns, onions, bananas, broccoli, yams or potatoes at night for a better sleep.
This is to avoid disruption of your sleep due to a full bladder.
Generally, an appropriate amount of exercise helps to promote Qi and Blood flow in your body. When the flow is smooth, all organ systems perform efficiently and sleep will be enhanced.
Insomnia is the manifestation of a Shen disorder. Nourishing the Heart will aid to calm the Shen. Lotus Seed (Lianzi, 莲子), Longan Fruit (Longyan, 龙眼), Biota Seed (Baiziren, 柏子仁), Lily Bulb (Baihe, 百合), Pearl Powder (Zhenzhufen, 珍珠粉), Schizandra Berry (Wuweizi, 五味子), Ganoderma Mushroom (Lingzhi, 灵芝), Jujube Seed (Suanzaoren, 酸枣仁) and Poria (Fuling, 茯苓) are some Chinese herbs that may bring benefits to the Heart.
Acupuncture has long been recognised by the World Health Organisation to be a treatment for insomnia problems. It is effective in directing and regulating Qi movements. Depending on the type of disharmony, TCM physician would select specific acupoints and use stimulating hand techniques to ease insomnia problems. Herbal medication may be incorporated to achieve better results.
One may drink American Ginseng or Chrysanthemum tea to help restore energy after staying up late. American Ginseng helps to replenish Qi, supplement body fluids and suppress the body’s internal heat. Chrysanthemum tea helps to reduce internal heat due to a lack of sleep. It has a calming effect and is good for relieving eye ailments.
In TCM, sleep is part of the natural rhythm of Yin and Yang. Learn more about the concept.
Feeling tired all the time is a sign of underlying disharmonies in the body.
Insomnia is associated with imbalances in the body. Your sleep patterns and dreams may tell you about your health.
Do you have sleepless nights despite not being stressed or jetlagged?