with Jeffrey Chand
Click the link above to access this routine with the Qi Gong for sleep practice without the introduction. This is ideal for daily/nightly practice!
Sleep has been recognized as one of the biggest factors that contribute to a weak immune system, diabetes, blood sugar imbalance, heart disease, hormone imbalance, depression, weight gain, stress, and many other health and medical conditions. It has been studied quite significantly in the past few years, and for good reason.
If you have had issues with sleep, you are not alone. Approximately 1 in 3 people have mild to major sleep challenges. Sleep problems, or insomnia, can manifest as:
troubles falling asleep
troubles staying asleep – being light sleeper
waking too early in the morning
When considering sleep we need:
enough hours – between 6-9
deep enough sleep – where we go through all the different stages of the sleep cycle
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Qi Gong theory there can be several root reasons for insomnia. Mainly:
The most common is the heart imbalance. This can show up as insomnia with a racing mind. You may be ready to go to bed but your mind starts thinking about the “what if’s” and “should have’s” right when your head hits the pillow. People often identify this stress or anxiety that is particularly bad at this time.
The heart is both an organ and a system according to TCM. When we have insomnia there is usually too much “heart heat.” This routine focuses on cooling the heart heat so that your mind and body can gently unwind.
Often people will feel as if they can fall sleep much faster after practicing this routine, and they feel as if they have had a deep sleep. A sign of a deep sleep is that you wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated independent of the hours you slept for.
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