- Acupuncture, for example, has been used to treat insomnia for centuries in China, and clinical studies have shown that acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on insomnia compared with Western medication. And for those who need more solid proof, a recent study just confirmed this finding again.
- Accupressure, which is based on acupuncture but does not entail needles (instead, physical pressure is applied to the acupuncture points), also has shown promise in helping people beat insomnia. And another recent study confirmed this when it looked at the sleep-friendly effects that acupressure had on people who live in long-term care facilities. Acupressure on the HT7 point (a particular point on the body) may improve insomnia for up to 2 weeks after the intervention.
- Aromatherapy: employing the power of scent to lull you to sleep.
- Sound machines: employing the power of white noise.
- Taking a warm bath or sitting in a hot tub or sauna before bedtime.
And my favorite one of all:
quitting all forms of work and stimulating activities within an hour of bedtime
and just relaxing. And there’s
nothing “alternative” about that.