Anxiety At Night, Any Exercises?

by diane
(las vegas n.m. usa)

I get anxiety at night because I can't fall asleep, are there any exercises to do to sleep?

Matthew's reply: Hi Diane, yes there are exercises and self-help techniques that can help you relax and to sleep. For these to work best it's important that you do/not do certain other things in the evening. Some of these things are obvious, some maybe not, such as: no stimulants like coffee or tea; no spicy meals; no heated arguments or things that might upset you; no large meals or hard to digest foods; no working right up till bedtime; no TV/computer in your bedroom, and others.

Some, maybe all, of the above may be contributing to your problem - it's up to you to find out. Chinese herbal medicine can also help by addressing underlying imbalances and bothersome symptoms.

As for exercises that can help you relax and sleep, try the Forward-Backward Bend in the Back section of the website. Also try some of the breathing exercises in the Stress section. Do these about 20 minutes before bed.

There are also 2 programs on video for anxiety and sleep that are more comprehensive than the above individual techniques. For more info on these see the Programs section.

Any questions about any of the above exercises and techniques for anxiety and sleep let me know, I'll be happy to help.

All the best,

Matthew



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Better Quality Sleep

by Donald
(Brisbane)

Hi Matthew, I fall asleep pretty well straight away but wake up after 5 1/2 - 6 hours and can't go back to sleep. So i generally fell like crap for the rest of the day. I have tried going to bed earlier, later but still only get 6 hrs maximum. What treatment do you suggest? Regards
Donald

Matthew's reply: Hi Donald, it is hard to know via email exactly what is causing your sleep problem. There are a few things that you should make sure of each evening though, some of which are obvious and you may already be doing. Caffeine, overeating, heavy or hard to digest meals, working right up till bedtime, watching tv or using a computer in the bedroom, heated discussions or arguing before bed can all affect sleep.

I suggest in addition to the above you go see a TCM practitioner (acupuncture/Chinese herbs) who will do a TCM diagnosis to find the specific internal imbalances related to the problem.

Sleeping problems generally respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. There are many such practitioners in Brisbane. If you don't already know of one I suggest you look in the yellow pages under Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), which is the main governing body for such practitioners in Australia. They also have a website listing all members, their contact details and what type of TCM they practice.

All the best,

Matthew

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