Millions of people worldwide who suffer from insomnia. If you're worried about the long-term effects of sleeping pills, one option is to sign up for qi gong classes to ease her sleeping problem. The exercise features breathing techniques, stretching and maintaining stationary postures for extended periods.
Qi gong, which is an ancient Chinese art dating back thousands of years, combines mindful concentration and exercise – two of the best things that help lull you to sleep at night. More specifically, the technique includes coordinating breath with a series of repetitive fluid movements, enabling your chi to move through the body, which promotes mental and physical well-being.
"Although I still suffer from insomnia sometimes, I fell asleep more easily after doing qi gong for a couple of months," Lo Siu-ching told the South China Morning Post.
Together with herbal medicine, qi gong has long been used by Chinese medicine practitioners to treat insomnia. According to traditional Chinese medicine, insomnia is the result of a disturbed spirit or what the Chinese call "shen." To ease the shen, qi gong offers simple method for overcoming this problem and returing your mind and chi to a more balanced state.
This year in October, the effects of practicing qi gong on insomnia will be tested clinically for the first time by the Hong Kong University's Centreof Behavioural Health. Roughly 300 people who suffer from insomnia will be assigned into qi gong and control groups to evaluate the effect of the Taoist mental and physical exercise.
"In the concept of Chinese medicine, insomnia can be caused by blocked meridians (the pathway system through which qi flows)," Cecilia Chan Lai-wan, a professor in health and social work at HKU, told the source. "Qi gong can help remove the blockages so that qi and blood can flow to the internal organs."
If you have trouble falling asleep or you wake up feeling unrefreshed, you may want to give qi gong a try. This technique has been compared to tai chi exercises, and as a type of" moving meditation," it could prove the perfect option to get a much-needed night's sleep.
Ilchi Lee, an expert on brain potential, endorses the practice of qi gong, as it benefits mindful medicine techniques. Lee knows that without a good night sleep, it's hard to operate at our best.