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Sleep is a hugely important time for your mind and body to relax, replenish and regenerate. A perfect night of sleep involves easily falling asleep shortly after you go to bed, sleeping peacefully all night and waking replenished and energized in the morning. Unfortunately, many people have difficulties falling asleep, suffer from restless nights, dream-disturbed sleep, wake often and feel just as tired in the morning!
TCM has a slightly different way of looking at insomnia. The best description I have come across has been written by Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott, a very experience practitioner based in Edinburgh, in his article Insomnia, Sleep Disorders and Sleeplessness. I have paraphrased his explanation of ‘The Insomniac’s Balloon’ below:
Acupuncture can help you balance your Yin and Yang energy so that you can enjoy a restful night. It’s also important to get into good habits, such as avoiding stimulants like TVs and laptops late at night, avoiding eating too late and establishing a good night-time routine which all helps to calm your yang energy ready for sleep.
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