If you suffer from Insomnia and mention it to other people you may not get a great deal of sympathy for a condition that is estimated to affect as many as a quarter of the population. Insomnia is seen by many people as something that is not life threatening or serious very this unsympathetic attitude, often leads many people to feel alone with the problem of Insomnia. Insomnia is a condition that can effect all ages including children and young people as well as adults.
So what is Insomnia?
Insomnia is an inability to gain an adequate amount of sleep and rest insomnia is not the correct term to use when we are no talking about someone who has had a few disturbed nights sleep. Insomnia is a ongoing chronic problem. It is generally recognized that we need 7 to 8 hours undisturbed sleep for health. Sufferers of Insomnia are not managing this the symptoms may vary from trouble falling to sleep, you may have trouble actually staying asleep or find yourself waking to early.
Sleep is required for our bodies to repair our bodies go through different cycles throughout the night all of which are needed to retain an emotional and physical balance sleep is required for memory storage, learning and emotional balance among st other things.
The causes of Insomnia may be in part unknown but it is often regarded that stress, anxiety and physical problems such as pain can contribute to problems with insomnia.
How can reflexology help Insomnia
There are lots of different ways to tackle to the problem of insomnia using complementary health I have talked about aromatherapy and the benefits if you are having trouble sleeping in previous posts. In this post I would like to talk about Reflexology and its ability to calm the mind and body in preparation for sleep. Before I took over the manegment I was a reflexologist for many years and I often used to hear patients say regardless of what they had come to see me for I slept like a log after my treatment
Now I am not saying that Reflexology can cure Insomnia however it is a great treatment to prepare the body for sleep and relaxation.
Reflexologists believe that by working specific points on the body we can bring the body back into a state of harmony and well being helping to reduce stress and anxiety. A reflexologist when treating insomnia may give specific attention to the reflexes that represent the brain, solar plexus, spine, respiratory and circulatory system.
Although there has been very little scientific study into the effects of reflexology on insomnia many reflexologists will report that their clients often report improved sleep patterns, that they sleep longer. Most Reflexologists would recommend that a course of treatment would be required to sustain any improvements on average once a week for six weeks.
If you are struggling with Insomnia it is worth giving Reflexology a try as part of your strategy to deal with you insomnia, Reflexology is a mind body therapy that is holistic in its approach to the body and can be used on its own or together with medicine to send you of to the land of nod.