Category: Mind Enrichment or Sleep Management
Type: Relaxation Mind Enrichment
Source: Parents Canada March/April 2010 p. 23
How to Use: Gently massage between your eyebrows to induce a deep sleep.
Anecdotal Evidence: Some people find acupressure relaxing.
Evidence Based Research: Research studies have found that acupressure can improve relaxation and this can help people cope better overall. Relaxation strategies take practice. Some people don’t find them that helpful. In general, research has found that relaxation strategies work best in combination with other strategies within a T or SS care plan.
Other similar products: There are various relaxation strategies available that different people use.
Cost-Benefit Analysis: Is it worth a try at bedtime if it helps you sleep better? Is it worth a try when you’re feeling stressed? Is this tool worth it if it helps you cope better in general?
I wasn’t going to include this tool review. Because I didn’t think rubbing between my eyes would help me sleep deeply. I started giving it a try. I lay down in my usual sleep position and then I rub gently between my eyebrows until a ‘hard’ spot between my eyebrows seems to start to loosen up a bit and my fingers start to fall off my face. Then I seem to fall asleep really fast. I’m surprised – I really didn’t think it would work. I can’t say if I sleep deeper because I’m on medication for that.
I have also noticed in the past that when I’m really stressed out I sometimes catch myself rubbing between my eyebrows and this seems to lower my feelings of tension or stress. I will try to use this more when I start feeling stressed instead of waiting to use it until my head feels like it’s going to explode.
Just because it seems to help a bit for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you. It can’t hurt, so you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it every night for a week to see if it makes any difference. We’re all individual, and each person with T or SS needs to set up their own individual care plan.
Jan’s Opinion: This tool is in my toolbox. I use it when trying to fall asleep or if I’m feeling stressed out.
Jan L. Mayes ©2010