While medical research continues to correlate sufficient sleep with health and well-being, insomnia remains a huge obstacle. The Wall Street Journal reports 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia, 10% experience it chronically, and we spend $2 billion dollars on sleep-related drugs each year.
Insomnia may result from other lifetimes. One middle-aged client of mine reported a lifetime of difficulty sleeping. His Akashic records revealed an American frontier experience as an eight or nine year old boy when his father asked him to take care of the family while he was out of town. One night when their fort was under threat of attack, the young boy vowed he would stay awake all night to protect his mother and sisters. He fought sleep valiantly but eventually he dozed so when the fort fell and his family taken hostage, he blamed himself. His present day insomnia eased once he realized one young boy could never have prevented the tragedy and that his current life didn’t require night-time vigilance.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) acupressure, the self-helps associated with worry address insomnia. Those include holding your thumb and base of your thumb, Organ Function Energies Stomach and Spleen, and Safety Energy Locks (SELs) 1 through 4. Spleen helps when you feel too wired to sleep, SEL 3 addresses oversleeping as well as insomnia, and SEL 4 helps with trauma and difficult life challenges, both of which can interrupt sleep. In addition, SEL 14 helps with snoring, excessive dreaming, and sleep apnea.
Although I’ve enjoyed the gift of easy sleep most of my life, I myself now experience insomnia intermittently. In addition to my JSJ self-helps, I find mental tools helpful in returning to sleep. Focusing on a mantra, my take on counting sheep, sometimes helps but the most effective antidote to my own insomnia comes when I stop fighting it and remind myself every experience fits my current needs. My insomnia often drops away when I stop opposing it, just as my thoughts settle down when I don’t engage them in meditation.
Do you struggle with insomnia? What helps you sleep?