How ki­ne­si­ol­ogy helps you sleep

Many peo­ple strug­gle with sleep ev­ery day. Re­search is demon­strat­ing how ki­ne­si­ol­ogy can im­prove sleep by dis­cov­er­ing the source of the is­sues.

Living Now - - Editorial - by Philipa Huynh

Re­search is demon­strat­ing how ki­ne­si­ol­ogy can im­prove sleep by dis­cov­er­ing the source of the is­sues.

THAT ELU­SIVE GOOD NIGHT’S REST

My tal­ent is that I’m a great sleeper. I rarely wake at night and can eas­ily fall asleep for hours on a plane. Ba­si­cally, I sleep like a baby. Jeal­ous? You’re not alone. When my col­leagues and I con­ducted a ki­ne­si­ol­ogy study on sleep in 2015, I was as­tounded as to just how many peo­ple strug­gle with their slum­ber. They strug­gled with get­ting to sleep, stay­ing asleep, and hav­ing good qual­ity rest. These peo­ple had just ac­cepted that a lack of sleep is ‘nor­mal’. Let me tell you – it’s not. With the help­ful as­sis­tance of your ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist, you can find that elu­sive good night’s rest.

KI­NE­SI­OL­OGY STUDY RE­SULTS

Our re­search re­sults were very promis­ing. Eight ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists stud­ied 60 sub­jects be­fore and af­ter three ki­ne­si­ol­ogy ses­sions. With a 39% re­duc­tion in the av­er­age num­ber of times wo­ken, 19% im­prove­ment on the (self-rated) qual­ity of sleep scale and 16% in­crease in the num­ber of hours sleep ob­tained each night, the study was a great step for­ward in pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence of the ben­e­fits of ki­ne­si­ol­ogy with sleep is­sues.

Be­cause ki­ne­si­ol­ogy is an in­di­vid­ual-based modal­ity, each par­tic­i­pant re­ceived dif­fer­ent treat­ment. Ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists draw upon hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent tech­niques – all dic­tated by what your body re­quires at any given time. Us­ing feed­back from your body, ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists de­ter­mine ex­actly what your body re­quires to gain equi­lib­rium or bal­ance. In the con­text of sleep, your ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist will ‘ask’ your body where the im­bal­ances are and de­ter­mine which tech­niques will bring the body back into bal­ance.

So, what did we dis­cover in the study? And how does ki­ne­si­ol­ogy help with sleep?

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS

Your circadian rhythm, or body clock, is dis­turbed by mod­ern life­style each day. Your body knows what time of day it is by how much light your eyes are ex­posed to. If there is light, your body clock reg­is­ters that it is day­time. Like­wise, when dark, your body knows it’s bed­time.

Ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing sends sig­nals to your body, via your eyes, that day­time has been ex­tended. This messes with your body clock, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for you to sleep. How­ever, you may be more sen­si­tive than oth­ers. Us­ing mus­cle test­ing, ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists can de­ter­mine if your ex­po­sure to ar­ti­fi­cial light is hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on your health.

By ‘ques­tion­ing’ your body, ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists can nar­row down the spe­cific so­lu­tion that can off­set your ex­po­sure or de­ter­mine if a mod­i­fi­ca­tion to your en­vi­ron­ment will re­duce the neg­a­tive ef­fects.

WORRY AND ANX­I­ETY

Women in par­tic­u­lar are no­to­ri­ous for wor­ry­ing, and with worry comes anx­i­ety. A rac­ing mind; re­peat­ing the events of the day over and over; plan­ning to­mor­row down to the minute. It’s a won­der some of us sleep at all!

Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy (specif­i­cally PKP or Pro­fes­sional Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy Prac­tice) traces all im­bal­ances in your life back to the emo­tional source, from child­hood or just last year. By work­ing through the source emo­tion, you may find great re­lief and even­tu­ally elim­i­na­tion of your wor­ries and sources of anx­i­ety. It’s called ‘age re­gres­sion’ and it is quite ef­fec­tive at re­leas­ing old and some­times life-long pat­terns.

SABOTAGE PRO­GRAMS

Sab­o­tag­ing your own suc­cess is more com­mon than you may think. Sleep is no ex­cep­tion. Quite of­ten, par­ents will stay up late be­cause of the de­sire for some ‘alone time’ without the kids (I’m guilty of this one, my­self!). Just as of­ten, peo­ple cre­ate their own self-ful­fill­ing prophe­cies by telling them­selves “I don’t think I can sleep tonight!” Or, peo­ple are just set on their old bad habits and

are re­luc­tant to change be­cause, well, change it­self is dif­fi­cult!

Clear­ing sabotage pro­grams is what ki­ne­si­ol­o­gists do best. ‘Clear­ing’ them can be sim­ply dis­cov­er­ing that a hid­den sabotage pro­gram ex­ists or it could be trac­ing it back to a be­lief sys­tem that was formed many years ago. By dis­cov­er­ing the key themes in your life and draw­ing your at­ten­tion to them, you be­come in con­trol of your be­hav­iour and with con­trol comes choice. When you choose a bet­ter re­sponse, you can choose to stop sab­o­tag­ing your­self. Are you strug­gling to sleep? It’s rare that only one fac­tor is af­fect­ing your sleep. You will usu­ally need to iron out other fac­tors be­fore you get your­self reg­u­lar, good qual­ity rest. My ad­vice? Find your­self a good ki­ne­si­ol­ogy prac­ti­tioner so you, too, can start sleep­ing like a baby. n

Phillipa, a ki­ne­si­ol­o­gist work­ing in Park Or­chards and Thorn­bury, Vic­to­ria, teaches you how to make your life ‘ fit’ again. A big be­liever in pos­i­tive change, Phillipa teaches you how to un­der­stand your past so you can map your fu­ture.

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