November 20, 2019
Calm the heart and mind to improve sleep
“With recent unrest in the society, I do not feel comfortable openly discussing the issues to avoid arguments. I amq, however, very tired when I wake up every day, feeling like I have been dreaming all night.”
CheckCheckCin: With rapid technological developments, you can easily access large amounts of real time information from social media or news reports even if you are not at the scene. This also means we may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Are you having poor sleep, dreamful sleep, prone to being depressed, angry, frightened, and even have poor concentration and memory. Your emotion is affected and that puts pressure on health. Chinese medicine believes that overthinking will hurt the heart and spleen, affecting the circulation of fluids which canead to dreamful sleep.
Everyone has to relieve their emotions and find someone to trust with feelings. You should give yourself time off, put the phone down to exercise, read, listen to music, pick up a hobby and avoid being on the phone hours before bedtime. You should try to maintain a regular lifestyle with balanced diet, work, exercise and sleep. Try to appropriately consume ingredients that can calm the mind such as red bean, longan, lily bulb, lotus seeds. Have a tea to improve your sleep. Seek professional assistance if the situation fails to improve.
Tea remedy for dreamful sleep
Effects: calms the heart and mind, relieves symptoms such as poor sleep quality, dreamful sleep and forgetfulness.
Ingredients: 6g polygala, 10g coreless ophiopogon tuber, 6g poria, 3g fried spine date seeds, 10g raisins
Preparation: rinse all ingredients thoroughly and place into thermos, rinse with hot water once. Then add in hot water again and steep for 10 minutes.
Notes: not suitable for those with damp-heat body condition and recovering from a cold/flu. You can re-brew until its flavor weakens. For best results, drink consecutively for 2-3 days. Two weeks for a treatment.