Is anybody NOT feeling stressed these days and having that stress upset their sleep? If so, I haven’t heard from them. We’re in the midst of society-wide upheavals that have left just about everybody anxious and not sleeping great. And let’s be honest, many of us haven’t been sleeping well for a long while.
I always encourage my patients to explore and incorporate mind-body exercises and therapies into their daily routines, as a way to achieve better sleep and a more relaxed, positive mood and mind frame. I’ve written regularly over the years about mind-body practices and mindfulness for sleep. There’s so much appeal in these practices: they’re non-invasive and safe for just about everybody, they’re typically easy to adopt, and incorporate relatively effortlessly into daily rituals. And they can deliver some pretty significant benefits for sleep. The practice of reflexology ticks all those boxes. I have several patients who use reflexology as part of their nightly sleep routines, and rave about how much it relaxes them and eases their stress, helping them to nod off more quickly.