Our minds are bombarded with thoughts all day. What will my boss think? What time do I pick up the kids? How bad will traffic be? What should I make for dinner? In addition to these daily thoughts, we worry about the past, the future, people we love, and even people we barely know. Judgments of self and others, negative thoughts of different shapes and sizes also flood our minds.
Our thoughts and sleep
According to Chinese medicine, overthinkingprevents a relaxed state, which in turn affects our sleep. Sometimes it means we cannot fall asleep easily. Other times it means that we wake in the middle of the night and our thoughts start racing. Label it what you will – insomnia, restlessness, difficulty falling asleep – our minds cannot settle and allow us to get the rest we need.
You can’t fall asleep. You find yourself waking in the middle of the night, tossing and turning. The bathroom calls your name long before it’s time to wake up for the day, and you cannot fall back to sleep. Vivid dreams disturb your sleep or wake you and leave you feeling anxious.
All of these sleep problems, insomnia, wakefulness, trouble falling back to sleep, and vivid dreaming, have their roots in Yin and Yang imbalances in your body. Your internal organs are not functioning properly so Qi and Blood cannot flow smoothly. We explain the major problems occurring in your body in our article A Good Night’s Sleep Using Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In our second article in the series we write about Chinese Super Foods to Help You Sleep. Today we are writing about a super quick, fun way to think about what foods you need to eat beyond Chinese super foods.
For over 3,000 years, people in China have eaten specific foods to help address problems at the root!
Can adding certain foods to your diet help you sleep better? Yes! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), various sleep problems result from an imbalance in the body. Food can help you put your body back into balance, leading to better sleep, as well as physical and emotional well-being. Read on to learn what foods to eat for different types of problems sleeping.
Every once in a while, we all have trouble sleeping. In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) ideas about problems sleeping differ radically from western medicine concepts. TCM helps look at your whole body system to establish the root causes of sleep problems that may affect your or your children. In fact, using TCM strategies to help you sleep will benefit your overall mental and physical well-being. You can move from a sub-healthy state to optimal health!
Thank you for joining us. We look forward to guiding you on your journey to a new way of thinking about you mind, body, wellness, and health.
We start our journey thousands of years ago in ancient China. Much of Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in several classical writings. One of the first is Huang Di, Nei Jing Su Wen. One story in this classic tells of Huang Di growing from a child to a man capable of questioning, studying, and learning. The story is as follows: