Acupressure for Sleep

Acupressure may be beneficial for insomnia. Acupressure involves using physical touch to stimulate pressure points, to promote wellbeing and health. You can stimulate these points with your hands or with a warm microwavable reusable heat pack. 

If using your hands, you want to massage each of these points for 2 minutes. Repeat about 3 times every night as part of your sleep routine.

If using a warm pack, make sure that it is only warm, NOT hot. Apply for about 5 minutes at each point.

(With acupressure stimulation, as long as you get around the location of the point, you’ll get benefit from it. It is not as specific as acupuncture where the needle should go into the exact point location.)

 

An Mian

In acupressure and acupuncture, An Mian is a key point for treating poor sleep and insomnia. It may also help with anxiety, vertigo, and headaches.

Location: Locate this point on either side of your neck. To find them, place a finger behind each earlobe, and move the fingers just behind the bony protrusion. Light pressure is sufficient.

Heart 7

Heart 7 (Ht7), aka Shen Men, is another point to help with insomnia as shown in a few studies.

Location: Locate this point on the underside of the wrist, just under the bottom of the hand. Bend the hand forward slightly and look for the crease. Apply pressure to the outermost part of this crease, on the side closest to the pinky finger.

Spleen 6

Spleen 6, aka San Yin Jiao, may help with insomnia, menstrual cramps, urinary issues, and some other pelvic problems. Avoid pressure on this point during pregnancy.  A 2016 investigation saw that acupressure on this points helped improve cancer survivors quality of life and sleep.

Location:  Locate highest point of the ankle on the inside of the leg. Beginning at the top of the ankle, measure four finger-widths up the leg. Apply deep pressure just behind the bone above the ankle.

Kidney 3

Location: Locate the funny bone on the inside of the ankle. This point is right behind the funny bone. You can also locate this point just above the heel on the inside of the foot.

Yin Tang

Yin tang is very helpful for insomnia. When he’s not freaking out about needles, my husband likes getting acupuncture right on this point because he feels like it puts him instantaneously in a meditative state. Aside from helping with sleep, Yin Tang can also help with stress, fear, agitation, and restlessness.

Location: Locate this point right between the eyebrows

An Mian

In acupressure and acupuncture, An Mian is a key point for treating poor sleep and insomnia. It may also help with anxiety, vertigo, and headaches.

Location: Locate this point on either side of your neck. To find them, place a finger behind each earlobe, and move the fingers just behind the bony protrusion. Light pressure is sufficient.

Heart 7

Heart 7 (Ht7), aka Shen Men, is another point to help with insomnia as shown in a few studies.

Location: Locate this point on the underside of the wrist, just under the bottom of the hand. Bend the hand forward slightly and look for the crease. Apply pressure to the outermost part of this crease, on the side closest to the pinky finger.

Spleen 6

Spleen 6, aka San Yin Jiao, may help with insomnia, menstrual cramps, urinary issues, and some other pelvic problems. Avoid pressure on this point during pregnancy.  A 2016 investigation saw that acupressure on this points helped improve cancer survivors quality of life and sleep.

Location:  Locate highest point of the ankle on the inside of the leg. Beginning at the top of the ankle, measure four finger-widths up the leg. Apply deep pressure just behind the bone above the ankle.

Kidney 3

Location: Locate the funny bone on the inside of the ankle. This point is right behind the funny bone. You can also locate this point just above the heel on the inside of the foot.

Yin Tang

Yin tang is very helpful for insomnia. When he’s not freaking out about needles, my husband likes getting acupuncture right on this point because he feels like it puts him instantaneously in a meditative state. Aside from helping with sleep, Yin Tang can also help with stress, fear, agitation, and restlessness.

Location: Locate this point right between the eyebrows