By Milos

SleepOur body was meant to sleep so it can recover and heal itself. Most of us require at least 7 hours of sleep per day. If you are having a problem with the amount or quality of sleep you get, even before you see an Acupuncturist, try the following:

- for at least a week, stop taking any stimulants (coffee, tea, sugar, hot spices) and see how your sleep changes.
- start exercising daily. You don’t have to run a marathon to get quick benefits from exercise – if you’ve been sedentary for a while, start light: walking or swimming is the best. 20 to 30 minutes of medium strength exercise per day should be enough to show results. The goal is to get your heart pumping in order to speed up your metabolism. Avoid any exercise that could get you injured and do not try to do too much too soon – very often this back fires and leaves us feeling like working out is a drag. Try to keep it different and fun.
- make your sleeping space quiet – remove the TV and don’t play any music in your sleeping space as you go to bed. You want your mind to be calm, not to worry about the next world crises, be occupied with music or overstimulated by some amazing TV show. Remember, you are seeking peace so provide it to your body too.
- many people forget that we need darkness and peace to fall asleep. Draw on the curtains and make your sleeping area as peaceful as possible. If you sleep with a partner and are having problems falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night, try sleeping alone for a week or two.

If all of this fails, see an Acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a powerful way to find your sleeping balance. Sleep is affected by Yin and Yang as well as Water, Fire and Earth Elements. Treating your energy will almost certainly improve your sleeping patterns.

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