When job stresses or money worries get to you, what do you do to fall asleep? Many people try taking a sleep aid, whether it’s an OTC product like Tylenol PM or a prescription medication like zolpidem or zaleplon. Have you tried acupressure wristbands? They might be more effective than counting sheep.
Sea-Bands to Help You Fall Asleep:
Q. You had a story in which a mother said her son had sleeping problems. Someone suggested Sea-Bands for motion sickness, nausea and other problems. The son put on the Sea-Bands and his sleeping problems disappeared.
I read your column and immediately purchased a pair of Sea-Bands. Much to my surprise, this worked the first night and for the next 16 days up to today.
I know it will not work for everyone. I told my doctor about this and got no response. Why not?
Acupressure and Sleep:
A. Sea-Bands are designed to stimulate acupressure points. Most physicians have not been trained in this approach. There are, however, some studies to support this low-tech treatment.
A group of investigators tried Sea-Bands in distressed teens and concluded that “Acupressure is a noninvasive, safe, and effective method for the management of insomnia in adolescents, with good compliance and no adverse effects.” (Carotenuto et al, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jan. 24, 2013).
Another study found that pregnant women given wristbands and shown where to place them had significantly better sleep quality (Neri et al, Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, Feb. 2016). Acupressure on the wrist also helped elderly people with Alzheimer disease sleep more easily (Simoncini et al, Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, Feb. 2015). We don’t know why all this recent research was conducted in Italy.
You might also want to listen to some of our interviews on sleep, such as Show 1047: How to Sync Your Body Clock to Get the Sleep You Need.
Other shows that may be of interest include Show 878: Solving the Sleep Dilemma and Show 1067: Should You Worry About OTC Sleeping Pills?
This post from another site has a picture of two different acupressure points on the wrist, both the Spirit Gate and the Inner Gate, that can be useful in overcoming insomnia.