Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were being developed, people were living in harmony with nature. People rose with the sun, ate what was available during the different seasons and they were much more aware of their natural environment. What to wear, when to wake up, when to go to sleep and what activities to engage in were all dependent on the weather and the environment. Because of this, people were capable of staying healthy throughout the year and their immune and organ systems were strong enough to ward off disease. continue reading
It’s been about a week since we’ve set our clocks back an hour to accommodate daylight saving time. Although we’ll be on this schedule until March 2020, many people may still be having trouble adjusting. It’s just an hour, but that’s enough to throw off your internal clock and rhythm. If you’re feeling unusually fatigued and groggy, there are some changes you can make to help you get used to the shift.
1. Stick to Your Schedule
While it may seem counterintuitive, don’t change your schedule to accommodate the shift in time. Sticking to your usual schedule will help your body gradually adjust to the time change. Trying to stay awake for an extra hour could be more of a shock to your system than you intend. Therefore, if you usually go to bed at 10 p.m., you should continue doing that. The same goes for the time that you typically wake up. Maintaining a consistent schedule will help automatically regulate your sleep patterns. You’ll feel less groggy and exhausted. In addition, check out these sleep tips:
- Create an optimal sleep environment with temperature and darkness
- If it’s helpful, use white noise or other ambient sound devices or apps
- Make sure that your mattress has your ideal level of firmness
- Avoid using electronics directly before bed
2. Take In As Much Sunlight As Possible
During this time of year, the average time for sunset is 4:55 p.m. The extended time of darkness has various physiological and psychological impacts. Some people even experience seasonal affective disorder — a type of depression related to the change in the seasons. To combat these effects, try to take in as much sunlight as possible throughout the day. Wrap up and take a quick walk outside during our lunch break. You could also open your blinds and curtains in the morning to start your day with a full dose of sunlight. Here are a few ways you can get more sunlight:
- Go for a jog or walk (at least 20 minutes)
- Keep the blinds open in your office space
- Consider light therapy using a lightbox
3. Rethink Your Evening Routine
Although you’re sticking to your established sleep schedule, it will be helpful to rethink your evening routine. It will help you wind down and settle your body and mind so you can rest. Enjoy your dinnertime, but give your body time to digest before getting into bed. Get into a peaceful rhythm with your body with stretching and meditation. Open up a new book to keep your mind active while saving your eyes from the blue light of electronics. Consider adding these activities to your routine:
- Take a warm bath a couple of hours before bedtime
- Start writing in a gratitude journal
- Spend uninterrupted time with family/children
Most kids, as well as a lot of adults, are afraid of needles. So the pairing of acupuncture and kids might not be an obvious one. However, more and more parents are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their children, because our conventional medical system is faltering a bit. Pharmaceuticals are proving to be more harmful than beneficial for many people, especially kids, whose brains and bodies aren’t yet fully developed. continue reading
During your initial Consult with Cloud 9 Acupuncture we seek to fully examine your Chief Complaint or Primary Concern by reviewing your complete health history and determining if acupuncture is the right approach for your specific condition.
At Cloud 9, we are not limited to just acupuncture. We take a Integrative Medicine stance with advanced, cutting edge medical technology to use with our patients such as Electroacupuncture, ATP Resonance Bio Therapy™, Transdermal Chinese Herbs, Dry Needling, Cosmetic Acupuncture, and quality tested CBD products for pain management. The Consult is designed to outline your unique treatment plan for the best clinical outcomes in treating your medical condition.
If insurance is being considered to help cover the costs of your treatment we use the Consult to review your exact insurance coverage and determine any covered benefits under your individual insurance policy prior to your commitment to the treatment plan so you have all the information you need to move forward with your care plan.
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