Medical News Today: Pressure points to help you fall asleep

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HT7, also called Shen Men, is on the underside of the wrist, just under the bottom of the hand.

Bend the hand forward slightly and look for the crease. Then, apply pressure to the outermost part of this crease, on the side closest to the pinky finger.

An older study, from 2010, found positive results when using HT7 to help relieve insomnia. The study included 50 older adult residents at a long-term care facility who experienced the sleep disorder.

One group received acupressure on the HT7 point on both wrists for 5 weeks. The control group received only a light touch in the same place.

The group that received acupressure had significantly better sleep scores, not only during the trial, but for up to 2 weeks afterward.

Another study, involving adults with Alzheimer’s disease and sleep disorders, found that daily acupressure on the HT7 point improved the length and quality of sleep and otherwise reduced sleep disorder symptoms.

The scientists cautioned, however, that their study was small. More research is necessary to confirm these effects.

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