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Tips on Self Healing for Insomnia

The use of hot-hot sticks can really restore your healing power. First, you must upgrade your lifestyle.

Diet: Do not miss breakfast, cut back the size of your dinner and do not skip meals. Take any vitamins daily before 3PM. Add 200mg of Ginseng (either a pill or tea) before 3PM everyday. Do not eat dinner too late. Try to eat dinner before 7:30PM and finish by 8:30PM.  Try to have no chemicals before bedtime.  Discuss prescription drugs with your primary doctor - see if you can take it after dinner.  Too much alcohol at dinner is not a good choice.

Hydration:  Avoid de-hydration and avoid too much liquid 2 hours before bedtime. Try to have a maximum of 8 ounces of liquids 2 hours before sleep. Do not drink tea after 3PM. Donít forget to swish your liquid in your mouth when you drink. This can enhance your oral hygiene and allow you to properly hydrate. Try to maintain a maximum of 100ml to 120ml of liquid consumption per hour. Do keep up your liquid supply more frequently but less quantity each time.  You need to consistently maintain 8 glasses of water a day while you are awake.

Sleep: Avoid staying up too late. If possible, try to go to bed before 11PM. Getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night can help you stay away from the bad cycle of draining your energy.  When your head hits the pillow, try to imagine that you are on a water bed. Let your body float. Close your eyes and start your Qi-Cong breathing exercises. Watch the rhythm of your breathing. Once your breathing is stable, check to see which parts of your body are tight. Let these parts loosen up. In the meantime, move your eyes around like a figure 8. If you can do this for 50 times, you should be able to fall asleep.

Preparing for sleep: Soak both of your feet in very hot water for 5-10 minutes (DO NOT do this if you are a diabetic). To avoid acid reflux, do not have food before going to bed. If you must, only have a small amount. Make a short note for your next day reminder. If possible, take naps throughout the day. When your head hits the pillow, try to imagine that you are on a water bed. Let your body float. Close your eyes and start your Qi-Cong breathing exercises. Watch the rhythm of your breathing. Once your breathing is stable, check to see which parts of your body are tight. Let these parts loosen up. In the meantime, move your eyes around like a figure 8. If you can do this for 50 times, you should be able to fall asleep.

Stress Management: Practice Qi-Cong breathing more frequently throughout the day, especially if your schedule is tight. Do not forget to curve your tongue upwards all the time when you are not talking.

Sex Life: For those who are sexually active, watch out 24 to 72 hours after intimacy. Try to restore the good energy back on time. Good rest and nutrition can prevent incontinence from getting worse. Itís quality, not quantity that controls your healthy lifestyle.

Exercise:  Do a foot massage, quick whole body massage, and Chinese bow exercise to stretch your spinal cord throughout the day.  You can also massage the Ht7 acupressure point for 50 times each night.  Avoid too much aerobic exercise in one day.

Dress Code: Dress loosely and use light bedding Ė this will help you sleep better.

Home Remedy: Eat dry Logan (10 grams) and 7-9 pieces of lotus seeds a day (from the lotus seed head). This will help you sleep better.

Use these steps to prepare for sleep:

  1. During the day, massage your whole body with a quick rub once or twice a day (before 6PM).
  2. Do not eat dinner too late.
  3. Try to soak both feet at bedtime in 5 gallons of very hot water until the water cools down.
  4. Massage the bottom of you feet for 30 minutes at bedtime.
  5. Clear your head when you are lying in bed.
  6. Practice Chinese deep Cong-fu breathing to relax yourself.
  7. After you start to relax, continue breathing and close your eyes.  With your eyes closed, move your eyes in a figure eight pattern.

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