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Do You Suffer From Insomnia? Use Acupressure Therapy For Relief

Updated on May 4, 2016
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.


Figures 1 to 10 & 15, 16 in my hub on Migraine and Headaches.( Hub Link given below)

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Acupressure or pressure points therapy for treating insomnia works wonders within a few days. To get relief from insomnia all pressure points related to the brain, nervous system and digestive system need to be given pressure as in figures 1 to 10, and 15 &16, as I have outlined in my hub "Pressure Points Therapy for Migraine and Headaches". The link to this hub is given below.

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Apart from this pressure needs to be given on all points related to the endocrine glands as in figures 11A & 11B and those related to the diaphragm and solar plexus as in figures 12 as both these are also related to sleep in some way or the other.

It is best to press all the points in the hands and feet whether there is pain on pressing or not. Along with the points behind the neck and on the shoulders as in figure 1, the points located on either side of the spinal column and running parallel to it ( see figure 13), need to be pressed from top to bottom with the thumbs, as seen in the above figure. Repeat the pressure on the back 3 times. Doing this will improve the functioning of the nervous system and one will be able to get sleep without the aid of sleeping pills.

Apart from applying pressure on the points on the thumbs, toes and fingers of both the hands and feet as shown in figures 3 to 6, the channels in the hands and feet, (see figures 7 & 8 above), also need to be massaged.

Next, clasp the fingers of both the hands as shown in figure 14 and pull and release the skin on the back of the hand, alternately. This also releases tension of the nervous system and brings on sleep. Massage of the hands with a comb before going to sleep also relieves nervous tension and if performed daily for some days before going to bed, aids in bringing on sleep.

Another point is located on the inside of both the wrists as shown in figure 17. Apply pressure for some seconds daily on this point.

It also benefits to press a few pressure points on the stomach and abdomen as shown in figures 18 & 19.

Some Rules For Getting Sleep Naturally

Along with acupressure, it is necessary to adopt certain natural rules to get relief from insomnia like:

  • Early to bed and early to rise is a very apt saying and should be practised.
  • Take rest during the day, don't sleep.
  • Do not take sleeping pills. They are habit forming.
  • Have dinner 2 to 3 hours before bedtime and always eat less than what will fill you up.
  • Take a walk for a few minutes after dinner.
  • Dinner should be light of vegetables, fruits and milk, and avoid spicy food at night.
  • Avoid tea, coffee at bedtime and also smoking and drinking. Instead a cup of warm and mildly sweetened milk is beneficial in bringing on sleep.
  • Excess salt consumption is also one of the causes of insomnia.
  • Wash the face, hands and feet before going to bed.
  • Auto suggestion in the form of asking the body organs to go slow as it is time to sleep also works by slowing down the nervous system and brings on sleep.

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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

Acupressure for Migraines

Acupressure For Headache Relief

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly


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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Peggy acupressure does work if done religiously for several health conditions. Thank you for saving this article.

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      Peggy Woods 

      19 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I am going to pin this article to my health board so that if I ever need this information it will be easy to find. I have used acupressure points for occasional headaches and it seems to work. Fortunately, I do not often suffer from insomnia. Thanks for writing this.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Hady Chahine, thanks for stopping by.

      rebecca, happy you like the info. Acupressure does work. I appreciate your comments. Thanks.

      heidi, I hope you can find relief with this. Thanks for stopping by.

      Crystal, I hope it works for you. Thanks for visiting.

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I have trouble sleeping, so this is interesting infrmation. I have also tried pressing the spot between the thumb and pointer finger to relieve a headache.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      6 years ago from Chicago Area

      I will have to try this the next time I can't sleep (which happens off an on). I'm always for anything that doesn't use drugs to achieve health benefits. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have never really participated in acupressure, but I find it very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. Great drawings and explanations!

    • Hady Chahine profile image

      Hady Chahine 

      6 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      Acupuncture does help to combat insomnia! I have a friend who is a paraplegic and he swears by it. In past this individual suffered from bouts of nerve pain while he attempted to sleep, but via consistent acupuncture treatments flare-ups have subsided a great deal. Of course, however, these treatments works best when certain lifestyle changes are also incorporated, as suggested in the hub article.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thelma, glad you are benefiting from acupressure. Appreciate the bookmarking, sharing and visiting.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Great information as always Rajan. I´m doing acupressure every now and then to relax myself and to sleep well at night. It really works. Thanks for your drawing and I´ll bookmark this for anytime to look at if ever I forget something. Voted up and shared.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Marlene, autosuggestion is a very powerful affirmation tool that works wonders. Of course you will benefit with these pressure points. Autosuggestion enhances the benefits.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      I'm actually going to try this technique for my insomnia. I also like your additional suggestions, especially the one about auto suggestion. I never thought about doing that, but I bet it really works. This is a very useful hub. I look forward to a good night's sleep. Thanks!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks Christy. I'm glad you like the info. I appreciate the sharing and thanks for the visit and vote.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always try to eat dinner a few hours before bedtime. That way my food can settle. Great and useful tips as always Rajan. I am sharing with my followers and vote up too.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Mycee - I'm sure it'll work whenever you need it. Thanks for dropping in.

      @ Aurelio - It is safer than pills and is not addictive. Thanks for reading and voting.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      As I sometimes suffer from insomnia, I'll give this treatment a try. I like it better than putting potentially addictive pills inside me. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      might try this sometimes when i can't sleep..that;s why im no no on softdrinks.insomnia is my worst nightmare!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      @ Bill - I'm glad you avail these benefits in yoga and thanks for appreciating. your comments are always motivating. Thanks.

      @ Carol - thanks for the big compliment and I'm honored by your bookmarking. I appreciate your visit and sharing and the votes as well. Thank you.

      @ Nell - I'm glad you like these rough sketches as I'm not very good at them. Thanks for the compliments and it is good to learn you found the hub useful. Thanks for reading et all.

      @ Keala - Aloha, my friend! All these praises humble me. Glad to provide some helpful hints. Thank you.

      @ teaches - thanks very much. Your appreciation means a lot. Thanks for stopping by.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I have a friend who love acupressure for ailments and stress and she loves the treatments. I like your natural suggestions here, very good advice.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      7 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Thank you, Rajan Jolly, for yet another brilliant and industrious health article. Admittedly, I struggle with insomnia, and by reading your article, I clearly see things I'm doing wrong and/or could implement in my lifestyle. Very insightful and helpful!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi Rajan, I am a great believer in acupressure, so this is great. I also love your little sketches showing the right pressure points, really useful and helpful, voted up and rated, nell

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Great information here. I often fall asleep easily but don't always stay there. I am going to bookmark this as a reminder each night. You covered the topic so well and I am voting up (of course) and sharing on facebook as I feel this valuable for so many people.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information my friend. I do some of the pressure point in yoga and it certainly does relax me. This is a wonderful hub, as all of yours are.


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