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Stop Counting Sheep Reiki Helps With Insomnia

According to 2022 statistics, an estimated 15-33% of adults experience insomnia worldwide. For older adults, the statistic is much higher with 75% of the elderly experiencing some degree of insomnia. Also, depression has a link with insomnia too as an estimated 90% of depression patients experience insomnia. Depending on its severity, insomnia may present as anything from a slight, temporary annoyance to a completely debilitating condition. People who suffer from insomnia often look to a number of different solutions to their condition, including cognitive behavior therapy, medications, and more. Some people with this condition have also found that Reiki may be helpful in a patient’s toolbox in restoring normal sleep patterns as well.

Understanding Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition in which a person finds it difficult to fall asleep and/or remain asleep even though he or she has plenty of time to do so. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult requires at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to function properly. Without adequate, restful sleep, people often feel tired, sluggish, irritable, or even depressed. People who suffer from insomnia may also have trouble concentrating on tasks during the day, and they may also be at a higher risk of accidental injury or death. You may be suffering from insomnia if you spend more than 30 minutes attempting to fall asleep on a regular basis, or if you find that you get less than six hours of sleep on most nights.

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can result from a number of different causes. The Mayo Clinic reports that common causes of insomnia may include:

  • Overeating before bed

  • Intake of alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine

  • Certain medications

  • Poor sleeping habits

  • Change in environment

  • Certain medical conditions

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

How Reiki Can Help

How Reiki can help Insomnia

Regardless of the cause of your insomnia, Reiki may be beneficial. In some cases, Reiki may help by assisting to address the underlying cause of insomnia. In other cases, Reiki may simply help you relax and establish better sleep patterns in spite of the cause of your condition.

If your insomnia is the result of stress, anxiety, or depression, Reiki sessions may help to alleviate some of the problems. Some of the ways in which Reiki may help with these issues are detailed below.

  • Reiki is relaxing.

  • Reiki gives control back to the client.

  • Reiki facilitates interpersonal connections.

Even if your insomnia is not the direct result of depression, anxiety, or stress, Reiki sessions may still help you. Insomnia often occurs because of a combination of factors. Regardless of the factors contributing to your condition, relieving stress and restoring your sense of balance may still be beneficial. This is especially true if the cause of your insomnia cannot be addressed directly.

Reiki can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Relevant Research

A recent study published in Biological Research for Nursing explored the ability of Reiki to produce a relaxation response. In this study, subjects’ heart rate variability, body temperature, and cortisol levels were measured at various intervals before and after Reiki treatment. The study found that, while cortisol levels remained the same, there was a positive effect on heart rate variability and body temperature. This indicated a statistically significant relaxation response.

In another recent study, 15 volunteers who reported frequent episodes of insomnia were taught to use Reiki techniques for self-healing. At the end of the study, researchers found that Reiki improved sleep patterns and decreased episodes of insomnia among the participants. The results of the study also indicated that Reiki promotes stability of the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as calmness.

If you are dealing with insomnia, you may benefit from regular Reiki sessions. Book online now here . Or maybe you want to learn Reiki level one to treat yourself. Enroll now here.

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