Restless Summer Nights

By Jasmine Ling, Acupuncturist.

THE BIRDS ARE CHIRPING, THE SUN IS BRIGHTLY SHINING, AND THE FLOWERS ARE OUT IN FULL BLOOM; HOWEVER AS THE SUN SETS AND THE HEAT LINGERS THROUGH OUT THOSE HOT SWEATY SUMMER NIGHTS, YOU LAY IN BED WIDE AWAKE, TOSSING AND TURNING, MIND CONSTANTLY CHURNING, STRUGGLING TO FIND THAT MUCH NEEDED REST.

Summer tends to be the busiest time in our social calendar, where people are out enjoying the long sunny days, after being stuck indoors through out the dreary winter months. This season is one filled with long hours of sunshine and an abundance of energy; and the season where they body’s yang energy is at its peak.

During summer, there generally is more yang than yin circulating in the body, this results in feeling more energetic, lively and alert. And this might sound great during the day, however this excess yang energy can linger until late into the night and can result in one of those hot sleepless summer nights.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

One of the best ways to soothe that yang energy, is to introduce cooler yin foods into your diet during the summer months and those leading up to it. This will aid in balancing out the yin and yang in your body to create a better harmonised and healthy body. Some foods to look out for include most fruits (excluding tropical fruits as they are considered warming in nature), seafoods, green coloured vegetables, green or peppermint tea and plenty of water are just to name a few.

However an over consumption of these foods during the cooler season can cause bloating and abdominal discomfort. Always aim for a balanced meal, and look at the season and weather when deciding on what to eat.

STILL STRUGGLING TO SLEEP?

This may be also due an excessive amount of yang energy in your body that is keeping your mind awake. Your body’s yang energy rises in the morning with daylight and as the sun sets, your yin energy comes and brings that yang back down so that you can get your much needed rest. With the excess yang energy in your body, especially during the summer months, your yin may not be sufficient to control it.

This is where pressure points come in handy. In acupuncture there is a special point called YinTang AKA the third eye. YinTang is located directly between the two eyebrows. Use your finger to press and firmly hold down this point for 1-2 minutes- do not press too hard, you don’t want to end up bruising yourself. This point is found to calm the mind, aid in focus, soothe stress and depression and promote a better nights sleep.

You can find more articles like this in our Summer 2016 issue e-magazine!
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Summer 2016 magazine cover