My Sleep is IMPROVING?! // The Sleep Chronicles

MY FITTIES, MY FITTIES, MY FITTIES!

I HAVE GOTTEN 7+ HOURS OF SLEEP 4 DAYS THIS PAST WEEK.

OHMAIGAWDD THANKYOULAWDDD!!!

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In my last post I’ve mentioned starting to play with protein and fat ratios to see if it’ll optimize my sleep.

Well, I’ve actually done more than that so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it was that increased my sleep latency…here’s some updates:

  • i’ve gotten a blood test (waiting to hear results)
  • i’ve gotten cupping and a deep tissue massage that finally unblocked stagnant energy
  • i’ve started taking new supplements for sleep.

Massage + Cupping?

For one, I got a deep tissue massage (and I like it when they have no mercy!) accucupping.

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“Cupping therapy is a traditional Chinese and Middle Eastern practice that people use to treat a variety of conditions.

It involves placing cups at certain points on a person’s skin. A practitioner creates suction in the cups, which pulls against a person’s skin.

Cupping can either be dry or wet. Wet cupping involves puncturing the skin before starting the suction, which removes some of the person’s blood during the procedure.

Cupping typically leaves round bruises on a person’s skin, where their blood vessels burst after exposure to the procedure’s suction effects.”

It is painful yet relaxing. I can’t describe it. Just try it. It’s so beneficial and therapeutic! I slept like a BABY the next 4 nights (especially the 1st night) and crawled out of bed because I was so, so sore the next day. Happy pain; I loved it.

The massage and cupping:

  • drains/moves the lymphatic system, which can only be stimulated by movement of the body either by yourself or from contact through someone/thing else
  • detoxes the respiratory and circulation system
  • detoxes your organs! (kidneys and liver especially)
  • promotes relaxation

cupping

Cupping works by increasing blood circulation to that specific area of the body. The darker the circles, the more stagnant the energy is in that area, and thus the more circulation is needed/promoted to that area. Those spots are also the most tender and take the longest to eventually fade (~7-10 days, in my experience).

I left the massage bed floating and buzzing! I felt a buzz coursing throughout my entire body, even in my mouth. It was incredible. I haven’t had this treatment in 2+ years.

cupping

I like to joke that I got attacked by an octopus.

Some classmates back in high school when I got it, thought I was being physically abused. xD ohhhhh lordy. And because they didn’t know me (I’ve struggled with loneliness all throughout my life) and didn’t know my sense of humour, when I either confirmed their suspicion or said I got attacked by an octopus, they took me seriously!

Supplements?

I also started taking some sleep supplements! I haven’t gotten my hands on that Lavender one that I mentioned yet, but I have started trying the “Sleep like a Buddha” blend, taking it right before, or 30 minutes before bed on top of 100mg of potassium (an important electrolyte) and 150mg of magnesium.

niyama yoga wellness sleep like a Buddha daytime stress support supplements

This blend (on the right) contains:

  • L-Theanine (L-Theanine, Camellia sinensis – Leaf)….100mg
  • L-5-HTP (5-Hydroxy-L-tryptophan, 5-HTP, Griffonia simplicifoila – Seed)…..100mg
  • Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate, Flower)….250mg (10:1 QSE 2500mg)

So was it the supplements? The change in protein to fat ratio? The massage + cupping? I don’t know. I’ll keep you updated on how it all goes, but I’m just SO SO SO thankful I’m getting more sleep. <3 Without rest, you have nothing.

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On a scale of 1-10, how well do you generally sleep?