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The Alternative Medicine site at About.com describes acupressure as "The application of pressure to certain points along the flow of energy or "qi" in the body. This therapy is used to promote health, prevent and treat disease, and relieve pain."
Some reports tell us that acupuncture (acupressure using needles) has a 90% success rate when it comes to insomnia . Pressure on certain points on the energy chain of the body encourages an increase of the hormone serotonin that produces sleep.
But what of people who are having a problem staying awake, for example, students in a long, boring class lecture or people working night shift? Can acupressure help in these cases?
A study done by the University of Michigan Health System says "Yes." Students taught how to use certain pressure points were able to stay more alert in class without the need for large doses of caffeine or other artificial sleep aids.
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In continuation of the discussion of the frustration in diagnosing a child with ADHD, I'd like to comment on the topic of sleepiness. Studies show that close to half of children with ADHD also have problems with sleep. A curious observation repeatedly made when observing how children behave when they haven't slept well is that kids tend to act in ways that are opposite of the ways adults act when they are tired. Specifically, when kids are sleepy and are trying to stay awake, they tend to have poor attention and act in hyperactive ways. If symptoms of ADHD include inattention and hyperactivity and sleepy kids act the same way, how do you tell if a kid is sleepy, has ADHD, or both? The short answer is: slowly, methodically, and with great difficulty. The truth is since ADHD and sleep disorders in children manifest themselves in the same way, it takes a lot of careful assessment to figure out what is going on. A detailed understanding of your child's sleep p...
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