Using Tapping for Sleep

Cat SleepYou would think that I would immediately think of tapping whenever I have a challenge.  I really wish that were true. I would suffer so much less that way. But, like many people, I go about trying to solve my problems in the “usual” way first.  I have had some trouble sleeping at night. The way I was thinking about the problem suggested at least three things were interfering with my sleep. First there was a temperature problem. My bedroom was way too hot.  In fact, my house was too hot. Temperatres during the day had started getting into the 90s and my house was turning into a little oven. I don’t sleep well if I’m not in a cool room.

A second issue was a frequen cough and plugged up sinuses. I have been sick recenty and my respiratory system doesn’t particularly like the climate here in New Mexico. Open windows and doors, heat, and blowing fans weren’t helping my dryness problem. I would start to fall asleep and then awaken when I started coughing.

The third issue that I identified was emotional. I was angry and frustrated about the swamp cooler, the dryness, and the illness. Thoughts like “if people were just competent I wouldn’t have to suffer” (waiting on repairs for the swamp cooler), “I wouldn’t have to deal with this if I were back in Ohio”, and “if I don’t get some sleep soon it is really going to get ugly” were prominent.  To add insult to injury, at the time I was spending a majority of my day helping other people overcome their insomnia. I was angry that I might have to resort to using those techniques for myself and I didn’t want to. (My inner 2-year-old was definitely in control.)

So there I was…awake, miserable, and angry. It was almost like one of those cartoon lightbulbs lit up over my head.  So I started tapping.  At first I wasn’t sure what I was tapping about.  I just knew that I was miserable and that I wanted it to stop. Then I focused on feeling hot.  After I had tapped a few rounds about that I started tapping about my lungs settling down.  I tapped while I focused on my rising panic about not sleeping.  I also tapped about how angry and frustrated I was with the whole situation. I even threw in some tapping about feeling stupid because I didn’t think of tapping sooner.

All of that tapping souncds like a lot, but in reality it probably only took about 10 minutes until I was calm, relaxed, and comfortable enough to fall asleep. There are a few lessons here that I feel are important to highlight,

1.  I just started tapping.  I didn’t need clarity about what I was tapping for in order to get started.

2.  I didn’t do any real setup statements or formal reminder phrases. I didn’t need them.  My body, mind, and spirit knew exactly what I needed in the moment.

3.  I had to stick with it for a little while in order to get results.

4.  It worked.

 

Happy Tapping.

Low Energy

Not having much energy is a common problem for most of us.  Below is a tapping exercise that may help to improve the situation. When I first used this one, lots of other issues popped up that needed tapping as well.  You may want to have your tapping journal handy to jot down some notes.

If you are new to tapping, check out the Tapping Points video on the Meridian Tapping page before moving on.

Rate this statement on a 0-10 scale where 0=not true at all and 10=completely true, “I have low energy.”  Write down the number.

Say these statements while tapping on the karate chop point: I don’t seem to have much energy lately. It is hard to get going and even harder to keep going.  I just don’t seem to have the stamina I used to have and I want it back.  Even though I’m lacking energy I love and accept myself completely. Even though I have no stamina, I am open to loving myuself anyway.  Even though I have much less energy than what I think I need, I choose to accept myself just as I am.

Eyebrow…No energy

Side of Eye…Low energy

Under the Eye…Lack of energy

Nose…No stamina

Chin…Not enough to get going

Collarbone…Not enough to keep going either

Under the Arm…No energy

Top of Head…Need more energy

Eyebrow…No stamina

Side of Eye…I want more stamina

Under the Eye…I really miss having energy and stamina

Nose…It is bothering me

Chin…I am committed to improving my energy

Collarbone…I am open to raising my energy level

Under the Arm…I am eager to understand my current energy

Top of Head…I accept myself with or without energy and stamina

 

Take a deep breath and release it gently.  Now say the statement again “I have low energy.”  Rate it on the 0-10 scale.  Has there been a change?  Did any other thoughts come up?  If the rating number is lower, you can tap on those new thoughts or continue tapping with statements similar to the ones above.