Reflexology and Sleep Problems
Insomnia means “the inability to gain adequate sleep” and usually refers to a state in which sleeplessness is a regular condition interfering with normal life. Some people may find difficulty falling asleep as well as waking up prematurely, or a sleeping pattern punctuated by frequent periods of wakefulness.
Reflexology may help improve your sleeping patterns by providing a natural way to balance and relax the body. During a treatment, pressure is applied to specific reflex points on the feet to improve lymph, nerve and blood circulation, aiding the body’s own healing potential.
The best areas to focus on to regulate the sleep cycle are the glands – these include the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenals. The pituitary is the centre for the body’s hormones and regulates the circadian rhythm which is the sleep-wake cycle. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism and the adrenal glands help the nervous system and blood sugar levels.
Other important areas which are focused on include the diaphragm and solar plexus. These have a powerful effect on calming the body, getting it ready for sleep by regulating breathing and heart-rate.
Self-care tips for Sleep Problems
- Stick to a sleep schedule
- Stay active
- Avoid or limit naps
- Avoid the use of electronic devices an hour before going to bed
- Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol and don’t use nicotine
- Avoid large meals and beverages before bed
- Make your bedroom comfortable for sleeping
- Get out of bed when you’re not sleeping